Yes, it's my favorite
It's great, but there are a few other runs I like more
It's ok, but nowhere near the best
I don't like Bendis' Avengers.
Stan Lee did it with the Kooky Quartet. CLarement did it with the all new all difference X-Men. Bendis did it with the New Avengers.
Trying something new doesn't always work... but I think from most objective standards one can argue this did. I'm sure Lee and Clarement got their fair share of criticism for their decisions as well. That's just comes with the territory.
I still don't like it. But it IS successful as far as sales go. I never said it wasn't. and I agree that MA hasn't been very good..
edited: a better way for me to state it would be 'the current product isn't that good.. meaning the writing/art/product rather than the concept of the team'
Last edited by CyberCoyote; 11-19-2009 at 09:55 AM.
Did Wonder Woman and Superman just catch an aircraft carrier?
I'll sum up by saying that while he'll be remembered as likely the top selling writer for "Avengers", as far as I'm concerned:
1) what he wrote was NOT the Avengers
2) his run should not count as one of the greatest based on story-telling, especially compared to Busiek and Stern and Englehart, but on sales alone.
Looking back impartially it was pretty yawn inducing (after assembling to deal with Inferno and getting Franklin back from Nanny the team then deals with the SuperNova and the Nova Corps) but it was arguably the biggest roster shake up since issue 16.
There's nobody left. The team had broken up. Only Jarvis is there to lock everything up. Cap shows up when the computer sends out an alert and, with no active Avengers to call, starts going through the reservists.
So Cap leads a team comprised of Beast, Falcon, Yellowjacket (still then a criminal) Hercules and the Incredible Hulk against the High Evolutionary.
After this adventure Cap then finds Sue and Reed, Thor and Gilgamesh to deal with Inferno and the behind the scenes machinations of Kang in issue #300 reforming the team at the end of the issue.
Now at the time this was a big deal. For a couple of months the Avengers weren't a team anymore, everyone had quit. To have the team re-form in an anniversary issue and have the assembled team to be as bizzare as that line up, it was a big deal at the time
If Kang came attacking New York, who did the citizens of the MU look to? Not the X-Men, the Avengers. They WERE the biggest and the best in the MU and Bendis has removed that. Maybe he has made them the biggest and the best in the real world, but he had to completely rewrite what the Avengers are in order to do it. He is not writing Avengers comics, he is writing New Avengers comics... they are not the same.
Its fine to say the Avengers are the big guns, but it's another to actually have the company treat them that way. Now we're having events built around the Avengers. They're the spine of the MU.
And that to me is a worthy legacy for Bendis, if it lasts. He brought them from the undercard and made them the main event.
I thought it was obvious that we're speaking from our own opinions here...