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.
I'd rather have Kurt Busiek back, to be honest. I used to chastise the constant Bendis-bashing, but now I have to agree. He needs to go.
One thing I don't get is how is Bendis fans can read his Avengers and New. I feel they take an entire three months just to finish and arc and when the next comes out, the expectation is utterly disappointing. Sure Heindberg is doing the bi-monthly but at least he deliveries, with Bendis he seems to drag the plot and expects people to shell out 3.99 for his comics. The same is said for Fraction, editors need to get these high profile writers to cut down their arcs to three to four issues not seven or eight and expect people to buy it for 3.99.
Batman/ Emma Frost/ X-23/ Storm/ Psylock/ Supergirl /Elektra/ Blackbolt/ The Flash
Bendis has been on the Avengers books for what - five, six years? That's more than enough time to figure out how to handle the characters properly and not get their voices wrong.
He needs to go, but he won't, because he still sells books. The second he doesn't, he'll be out of there and it'll be on to the next hot writer(s).
I personally wish the books would try "done in one" stories, but that's just my preference.
Between Bendis' grating circular dialogue and Romita's chicken scratch artwork, I find it unreadable, to be honest. Don't even get me started on the Hood.
I've said this before but there are times where I feel like I got bang for my buck and then others where I feel like I got ripped and that mostly happens when he spends a little too much time meandering in the plot/dialogue and uses too many splash pages.
There are options, I just wish Marvel take a bold risk similar to what they claim they did when they allowed Bendis to come in and change everything. Plus, I hope they give the new writer the same kind of support that they gave Bendis, otherwise, this won't work.
I would love to see Parker and Gage on the two core Avengers titles and Bendis given a top-tier artist and his pick of his favorite pet characters to launch a new book. Avengers is strong now, why not let it coast without him and let him build up a new franchise? Defenders: featuring Luke Cage, Jessica Jones, Echo, Spider-woman, Sentry, Maria Hill, Daisy Johnson, and that lady who was Osborn's right hand who is now somehow involved with the Avengers. They can alternate between fighting the Hood and ninjas.
Also, drop the little psycho. Although there are Avengers who have killed before, and, if called for, are capable of doing so, all of them abide to the team's charter, which frowns upon killing.
All that aside, it's the spirit of the team that Bendis most fails in capturing. It's never been about the make-up of the team. Hell before Bendis took over, there had been over fifty members on the team, and while everybody had their favorites, and least favorites, they always upheld this team spirit. It's not something that is supposed to be hip, mostly it's based on old fashioned values, but it worked.
See, the Avengers were never about gathering around a table, eating talking trash and occasionally getting out of their fat assaes to go fight a two-bit kingpin wanna-be and his gang, a a bunch of ninja, for dozens and dozens of issues. They had spark, they had energy, hell, they were the world's greatest.
Geez, sorry, didn't want to extend myself so much.
the team has continued to frown upon killing for just about every second since he joined, too. hasn't changed.
basically, you can't possibly back up a statement about spark and energy being absent from this run. that's ludicrous. it's just not the spark or energy you'd like to see.
As for the team frowning upon his killing, that was the brilliant justification Bendis came up with for bringing him to the team. Don't believe me, go check the first story arc of New Avengers vol. 1. And I'm sure Superia's hench man appreciated Wolvie's restraint when he was killing and maiming them in the most recent New Avengers. Oh, yeah. I also noticed the frown on the face of the other "New Avengers" as he was doing it.