I just don't get this. Although I've loved comics since the early 90's, characters, with limited exceptions like Watchmen, didn't seem "real" to me until Bendis came along. Ultimate Spider-Man #1 was like a shot in the arm for the industry. Expository writing, which really seemed corny, was nowhere to be found. Instead, characters talked the way people talk. I also find all of Bendis's character voices sound different. They are distinct. So what gives?
Maybe some people feel that his dialogue slows down the story and decompresses it. (I've heard this, of all things, about his Daredevil run!) First of all, about slowing the story: why does it have to be all action to be interesting? I find it ironic that USM #13 is one of a lot of people's favorite Spider-Man stories. =Does the comics audience, in general, have a short attention span? If you think about it, Star Wars has a good 45 minutes before they get off Tatooine, and The Empire Strikes Back has a ton of time with Luke working with Yoda, or Han and Leia fixing the Falcon. Nobody seems to complain about those. So why should the graphic medium be different than films?
As for the decompression, I think a lot of it comes down to the fact that more dialogue deals explores the emotions (which, in turn, makes these characters seem more alive). Back in the day, you might have a character in a thought balloon say "Oh my gosh, I hate worrying Aunt May!" and be done with. With Bendis, you hear the conversation, you have the beats, to get the same info across. As a reader, I feel it on my own. It's a lot better to have it done this way, then being told what to feel by being hit over the head. If that means the story will be done in a few issues than one, I'll gladly take it.
Do you feel the same way about Bendis's dialogue? And if not, why?
(Please note this thread is about his dialogue, not his stories.)