Brian Michael Bendis has quickly proven himself at home in the DC Universe. If he can hit the ground running with Superman, there's little reason to worry about Bendis' ability to handle, say, Batman or Green Lantern. However, Pearl represents the next major hurdle in Bendis' DC tenure. Can the move to DC reinvigorate his creator-owned Jinxworld imprint in the same way it has his mainstream superhero work? It's a bit early to judge based on one issue, but Pearl #1 does serve as a promising debut and a welcome return to mature readers crime comics for Bendis and artist Michael Gaydos.