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Geoff Johns did the most for me
David Michelinie would be my close second
I gotta go with Stern (Bendis and Busiek get honorable mention).
There's some degree of childhood bias as that's the Avengers run I sort of grew up on. That was my first comic book subscription.
The book took a lot of risks while still capturing a sort of classic feel. Best of both worlds in a lot of ways.
If Bendis run was basically wiped out of existance as soon as it occured, it'd have the same problem. But Bendis had the time to make his changes stick. So who knows... maybe if the changes brought on by the crossing had been given time to grow on readers it would have won over the readers. Maybe, maybe not.
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I appreciate "The Crossing" now more than I did at the time of publication, when it seemed like radical change just for the sake of change. In retrospect, it reads like a great "What If...?", *because* none of the changes stuck.
We did get a handful of issues post-Crossing that gave us a taste of what might have been. The final issues of Avengers and Thor (v. 1) were actually pretty good; however Iron Man was horrible, what with Terry Kavanaugh's Teen Tony Adventures. Bleh.
That fact caused me to lay the blame for "The Crossing"'s shortcomings at the feet of Kavanaugh. Once Busiek and Heroes Return set everything right again, I stopped hatin' on the guy.
I'll give Harras a shoutout for writing the only readable Avengers for a long period of time, even though he basically turned them into the X-Men.
hmmm...probably 1. Stern
5. Jeff Parker(wishful thinking...fingers crossed!)
You can't beat Busiek. I'm currently reading all of his work on the Avengers for an article at my site. Love his work.
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