As a longtime Marvel Comics reader, this week was one of mixed emotions. On the one hand, it’s great seeing one of my favorite characters, Black Panther, getting such a bold overhaul in his new series. On the other, the release of Invincible Iron Man #600 (check out my review here) officially brought an end to writer Brian Michael Bendis’ Marvel career. Bendis has been a hugely influential force at Marvel for most of the past two decades, and it’s still strange to think of the company moving forward without him. The silver lining, though, is that he left Marvel with one final parting gift before making the jump to DC. Even as Bendis closes the door on Tony Stark’s current journey, he’s leaving Marvel with the opportunity to revitalize the SHIELD franchise.