Favorite Avengers Writers:
1. Steve Englehart
2. Jim Shooter
3. Roy Thomas
4. Roger Stern
5. John Byrne
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Englehart tops the list, for me. I don't get the hate for Bendis (although, since Hickman started, I understand what it's like to hate how characters you love are being written), and Bendis is probably second on my list.
Bobbi Morse: has been on three Avengers teams, worked for SHIELD, evaded the Skrulls for years, received the super soldier serum and Infinity Formula. Still not even a limited series.
I've recently been reading Marvel Comics - The Untold Stories, and have a whole new understanding for guys like Englehart, Starlin and other who wrote while under the influence of acid, weed, LSD, etc... (At least during the seventies. haven't reached the eighties yet, to see if they continued with those practices). What a trip.
The Top 5 i think are#
Pull List:New Avengers,Thor,Superior Spider-Man,Mighty Avengers,Swamp Thing,Daredevil,Uncanny Avengers,Marvel Knights Spider-Man,Superior Foes of Spider-Man.
Busiek takes the top spot for me. Avengers Forever, Kang Dynasty, Ultron Unlimited, and the Morgan Conquest are all in my top 10 Avengers stories and the first three are in my top 5.
Stern and Thomas after that. Under Siege and Kree/Skrull War are wonderful stories.
Johns wrote one of my top 10 Avengers stories with Red Zone, but I never read anything else of his run.
Bendis' story was pretty good at the beginning with New Avengers but slowly declined.
I still haven't read Celestial Madonna or Korvac Saga, so I can't really comment on Englehart and Shooter.
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I voted Bendis but I'm not sure if he makes my top 5 if I really go back and consider each run. Bendis doesn't get enough credit because those that hate have a fervent hatred for him and it kind of outweighs all of the good he has done.
The Avengers kind of floundered starting in the late 80's up until Busiek took over. There were some good stretches of storylines in that period but The Avengers was not a top selling comic. It always frustrated me because it's been my favorite comic since day one and I wanted other people to enjoy what I loved. But all it was back then was X-Men this and X-Men that.
Busiek's run was great and could be argued as the best run. When Busiek and Perez left the title, The Avengers could have easily folded back into a dull title as I don't remember Johns stuff being all that good.
Enter Bendis. Like him or hate him, and you can argue quality or lack of, his ten year stretch kept The Avengers as a top selling title and essentially knocked The X-Men from the perch they had rested upon since the 70's and The X-Men was horribly stagnant.
I'm not sure that we have the greatest comic book movie ever made in The Avengers if not for Bendis.
What issues did Busiek's run go through? I've never read any of his work, but I've only heard good things about it, so I'm kind of interested in picking a few issues up to see if I like it.