The comics community is still reeling from the shocking news that modern Marvel Comics architect Brian Michael Bendis signed an exclusive, multi-year contract with DC Comics.

The “Distinguished Competition?” Say it ain’t so, Brian!

In all seriousness, it’s hard not to get excited about one of comics’ most consistently prolific creators getting his hands on a whole new cast of heroes and villains. As the news broke just days before Rhode Island Comic Con 2017, day 1 of the Providence-based convention provided the perfect opportunity to learn what some of the industry’s hottest artists think about Bendis’ plans.

Chris Bachalo (collaborated with Bendis on Uncanny X-Men Vol. 3)

“I think it’ll be really good for Brian and the comic industry, because I think it’s a new sandbox to play in for him. I’m sure he’s going to have a ton of ideas with all the new characters he gets to work with in the new universe. So my guess is it’s going to be really good for the industry and he’s going to put out some really cool stories over at DC.”Mitch Gerads (Mister Miracle)

“Bendis coming to DC–thats super exciting. The potential for what is going to happen there is astronomical. I love Bendis’ stuff over at Marvel, but it’s Bendis at Marvel. It’s a little expected. Even if you enjoy it, it’s expected. Bendis on DC–it’s this whole new world and who knows whats going to happen. I’m loving his Iron Man stuff right now, especially the [Alex] Maleev book. Maybe he can bring Alex over.”Ken Lashley (X-Men Gold)

“From what I understand, it was a great deal for him and an amazing opportunity. Sometimes, I think you get a little creative fatigue at a place. Sometimes, when you get a chance to do some interesting stuff, you take that opportunity. There’s really only a couple of sandboxes to play in and he’s played in this sandbox and done everything he wanted to do and now he’s doing another thing. You know how it works, it’s a cyclical thing. It’s creative freedom and maybe getting a chance to work on something you’ve never worked on before, and I think that can be just as exciting as anything else.”Thanks to Chris, Mitch and Ken for sharing their thoughts, and check back soon for full interviews with each of these creators from Rhode Island Comic Con 2017!