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.
"No snowflake in an avalanche ever feels responsible."
- Stanisław Jerzy Lec
I don't know mane, Bendis' version is just so much fun. I had never laughed out loud at Avengers before. His storylines change so frequently they never become boring. It's a rollercoaster, it's popcorn and soda, it's a bowl of Cap'n Crunch!
I'm a fan of Darkreign, but when I read it recently I guess I can understand why some long for this.
It's an entertaining read at times but, imho at least, it's more miss than hit.
Since Disassembled the books have been about a splintered team. An interesting concept at first but one that was overshadowed by event after event after event. While it wasn't god awful by any means his run on the Avengers will pale in comparison to the works of Roy Thomas, Walt Simonson and others.
And I'm in the minority of course. The books are selling better than they ever have which is never a bad thing, I'm just hoping that when the team 'Re-Assembles' the book will continue it's popularity.
So for Bendis' run I'd have to say that it was an intersting experiment that's about to come to a close.
I don't think his run is coming to a close. But it's time to get back to being Avengers.
Since Bendis doesn't really like to write the right Avengers, maybe he'll leave the book then?
I'm not really a fan of Bendis' Avengers, but I would say it's been an important time in the history of the franchise. For my money, there's no way he stacks up with Thomas, Englehart, Stern, Busiek, Shooter, or even Micheline, but these are the writers that pretty much defined the classic Avengers.
*Bear in mind, there are some issues of NA that have them taking on Avengers-level threats, and there are some issues of Avengers in the past that had them taking on threats that are not Avengers-levels threats. But over all, Bendis has missed the point of the Avengers.
Another thing that everybody leaves out about the Kooky Quartet, was that during the time, the fact that the team was trying to live up to the reputation, regulations, and history of the previous Avengers was very prominent in the stories.I have seen this arguement used many times. 'The Kooky Quartet showed that the Avengers can be street level' or 'The Kooky Quartet showed that anyone can be an Avengers' Once again, that is not the point. The Kooky Quartet was after 16 issues... the tone of the book was still shifting and finding it's place. It is the 40 years that follows the Kooky Quartet that set the tone. The Avengers are the team that handle the threat too big for any one of them on their own. Hell, even the Kooky Quartet were taking on Doom and Kang. The New Avengers are capable of taking on these level threats in the hands of a decent writer, but in the hands of Bendis they are just fighting threats that Wolverine or Spider-Man can fight on their own.
With New Avengers, they just ditched all that old stuff and nobody's ever really called them on it.
Last edited by Alan2099; 11-17-2009 at 09:41 AM.
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