Brian Michael Bendis writes some of the biggest titles in mainstream comics (”Daredevil” and ”Ultimate Spider-Man”) as well as the most feistily independent, like the superhero deconstruction ”Powers”; the autobiography/critique of Hollywood ”Fortune and Glory”; and ”Alias,” about a female superhero-turned-detective. All this, plus he wrote the pilot for MTV’s ”Spider-Man” cartoon premiering this summer, and ”Powers” is being made into a movie with Frank Oz directing.
Baghdad had already been bombed — in a recent issue of ”Powers.”
Yeah, and [given the publication lag,] I did it months and months ago. I didn’t know the s— was gonna hit the fan so quickly in real life.
Is there one unifying theme in all your work?
Probably this: control in a life that’s spiraling out of control. In my version of ”Spider-Man,” Peter Parker is a high schooler absolutely freaked out about his new powers. In ”Alias,” Jessica gives up on the superhero life because she wants to do something more manageable, but being a PI presents its own set of uncontrollable elements.
Ever hear from J.J. Abrams, creator of ABC’s ”Alias,” about your ”Alias”?
Well, in one [episode], I got a shout-out: One of the characters was called Agent Bendis.
Lots of Hollywood execs loved ”Fortune and Glory,” your autobiographical story of a screenwriter cracking the biz. Any sequel planned?
It would just be more of me whining about all the s—ty meetings I’ve taken. I do want to do a book about behind the scenes of Marvel Comics. Because it’s every bit as wild.