If this is true, it significantly changes the comics landscape, and it is not the news Marvel needed right now.

That image appeared on the official DC Comics Twitter account around 9:15 EST this morning, blindsiding everyone without confirmation or word given from anyone else, whether from Bendis himself, or from Marvel Comics.

Brian Michael Bendis has been a staple of Marvel publishing since the early part of the century, and has been responsible for many of its biggest events, from Avengers: Disassembled to House of M to Secret Invasion.

UPDATE: Bendis has now confirmed the news, via his own Twitter: