I HATE reading a character stutter or say half a thought before moving on to a different one. It's jarring to my brain. I can tolerate it if it's a singular character trait. Hell, it could even be interesting in that instance. But every single character Bendis writes trips over their words like they are all Jeff Goldblum.
Captain Universe is not Monica Rambeau. Monica Rambeau is not in Avengers.
Bendis sometimes has good ideas but his need to put in repetitive quippy dialog actually slows the flow of the story down that it hurts the story telling.
In itself, I enjoy Bendis' dialogue style. It's unique and generally has a nice rhythm to it.
The problem with it though is that it's also fairly labor intensive, so with Bendis writing five million books a month, it becomes obvious which books he's phoning in: in some issues, the amount of repetition and the overuse of particular sentences (like how characters always are remarking that something "is a thing") really start to grate. When he's NOT phoning it in though, it works out well - the repetition is scaled back and he doesn't dip into his bag of generic sentences, so there won't be characters asking whether something "is a thing"
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Bendis characters all sound like the same guy talking to himself.
Don't know if i should be bumping an old thread but i didn't want to start a new one especially after finding this.
This is something that has been bothering me for a while now as i have been working my way through the Bendis Avengers run. I have read from the start right to where i am now. In the past couple of days i just finished Avengers Vol. 1, New Avengers Vol. 1 and Avengers: Prime and i think i am at breaking point hence why i am posting this. Prime was really the last straw as it was just a book that had Iron Man make pointless joke after joke to the point it was like it should have been Spider-Man there.
Why the hell do so many of his characters have to be quippy and snarky?.
I still have Avengers Vol. 2 and 3 to read and New Avengers Vol. 2 and 3 to read but after that i'm done. I can usually get through stuff that is annoying but i i just wont be spending anymore on his run.
I think there has been only a handful of books i have liked of his so far Secret War: Absolutely loved it but maybe the art made me overlook any deficiencies, House Of M: Enjoyed it. Dark Avengers: Liked it.
Hulk - "Smashing is what Hulk does best!"
babble mode. Giles, Wes, and Angel (for three examples) talk like actual people.
Bendis on the other hand makes Strange and Rogers sound like Spidey. Literally the only char he can write.
Busy having an agenda for daring to disagree with a chip on his shoulder bigot.
He's like Joss Whedon. Forces every damn character to say "snappy" things to each other 24/7. Writers like Warren Ellis and when he's on Matt Fraction know how to do wit with a more natural and subtle touch.
His dialogue can be repetitive.
That was especially evident during his Avengers run.
In recent times though, he's really dialed it back.
His Kitty and Ice man pretend exchange (they were pretending to be Beast and Captain America respectively) in ANXM 8 was pretty brilliant.
Adults struggle desperately with fiction, demanding constantly that it conform to the rules of everyday life when the answer is obvious to the smallest child: because it's not real. - Grant Morrison