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If you’ve spent even a modicum of time on the #comics tag in Tumblr, it’s likely that you have seen brianmichaelbendis show up on your dash once or twice, posting some of the best pages in all of comicdom and laying down some serious knowledge. 

The world of comics can be a confusing place, and just like the man himself, we are here to help make it a little clearer for all of you. So if you’ve been looking for some suggestions on what Bendis books to read but have been too afraid to ask, take a look at our

comiXology Guide to Brian Michael Bendis

Arguably, the comic that Bendis is best known for is the reboot of Spider-Man’s universe with 2000’s Ultimate Spider-Man, which not only brought Peter Parker’s origins into the modern age, but also kicked off the now-beloved Ultimate Universe. Bendis, along with veteran artist Mark Bagely, took Spidey’s original 11-page origin story and turned it into a seven issue story arc, and continued on for over 100 more issues to become Marvel’s longest running consistent creative duo on a single title. 

Bendis continues to helm the Ultimate Spider-Man series with sarapichelli on art and starring fan-favorite Miles Morales.

Bendis and Michael Avon oeming’s long running creator-owned series Powers combines the superhero and police procedural genres, and is now in production at FX to get it’s own TV series. Powers pits the wiles of two detectives against a world filled with superhumans. The series went on to become an Eisner award winner and still continues to come out in the ongoing Powers: Bureau. 

In 2001, Bendis took up the task of writing Daredevil with Alex Maleev on art. The series would go on to become one of the most lauded and character defining runs in the characters storied history. The Bendis run introduced a new love interest into Matt Murdock’s life and saw the reemergence of Kingpin. 

Following up Kurt Busiek’s run, Bendis rebooted the Avenger’s series with Avengers Disassembled, which heavily featured the Scarlet Witch and lead directly into the events of the now-beloved House of M event. 

An instant classic! Beast travels through time to bring the original X-Men into the present, imploring past-Cyclops to stop his future self from committing genocide on the mutants. Currently at 27 issues, this series is a regular best-seller and is sure to go down as one of the all-time greatest X-Men series. 

As if all that wasn’t enough, this weekend (5/10-5/12), we have a sale on a bunch of great creator-owned comics by Bendis including Brilliant, Scarlet, and Jinx. Make sure not to miss out on the limited-time Bendis Bundle to get 5 Bendis collections for 59% off!

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I seriously feel Fraction has come into his own in this run, with a brilliant concept of having the Fantastic Family run through time and space with the help of the truly talented Mark Bagely this is the Fantastic Four Now. As we now know Reed Richards is going through some sort of degradation the he doesn’t understand how to stop, the last issue had them toe to toe with their old foe Blastaar at the beginning of the universe, in a pinch they are transported to end of the universe where he was standing trial for his awful crimes throughout existence, his punishment to be destroyed by the big bang. While there they encounter a very advance scientific race readying for the big crunch(end of time) they reveal that both the Thing and Human Torch are also breaking down cellularly. Heart Strings. They get their ship repaired, make a mess of the future race’s decision to toss Blastaar into the big bang, The thing continues to drop hints the whole issue and at the very end it’s revealed it’s his day to be Human Ben Grimm, the end is a brilliant comings of a great plan only the Fantastic Four could pull off. I loved it. Might be a wait for the trade for most of you though. -Jules True