I'm no Fraction fan, but what I've read of his has been nowhere near as bad as Bendis. For starters, with Fraction on Avengers we wouldn't have to put up with all of Bendis's pet characters - Luke Cage, Spider-Woman, Quake, Maria Hill, Wolverine, Spider-Man, etc.
If it was me, I would like to see them go to a unified weekly title and go with the writers and artists by committee like what was done with Spider-man for a couple of years.
I'd make the book the spine of the Marvel Universe and maybe even go as far as have it be a bigger book with a lead story and a backup.
I liked how that worked out for the most part on Spider-man and I think the 'by committee' comic really would work out better on a team book like Avengers.
That said, they probably won't go that way, so if I get my vote on the main Avengers title (whatever one the big 3 are going to be the stars), I vote for Mark Waid getting the steering wheel.
The hour is at hand. The DREADFUL Bendis days will soon be forgotten. Who will helm Earth Mightiest's after the bald menace leaves? Who do you WANT to helm the Avengers?
All signs point to Jonathan Hickman to do so... the man that revitalized the Fantastic Four. The man that made SHIELD completely messy. Is he worthy to the task? Would you prefer WHEDON, master of Avengers Movie? Speculate away!
Whedon, eh? Now there's a thought. I can't really see it happeing, but it's a thought.
Hickman on Avengers? YES PLEASE!!
Wait, if he doesn't get Avengers, what would he be doing? He's going to be off of Ultimates and the FF titles by the end of this year. Is he maybe leaving Marvel?
YES! Who will step up and SAVE US from the horrible, horrible man who helped turn the Avengers into Marvel's #1 franchise and gave the book prominence it never had before.
I'm hoping for Hickman or Yost.
Nightcrawler, Jean Grey, Gwen Stacy, Peter Parker, Professor X, Mar-Vell, Richard Rider- Bring Them Back!!!
I think Hickman is a safe bet. Also would not be at all surprised to see Aaron get a book out of this. So yeah, I'll go with Hickman on Avengers and Aaron on New Avengers. I can't see Marvel giving one of their big Avengers books to someone who isn't an "architect" and Brubaker is clearly sick of team books after his run on Secret Avengers while Fraction's plate is more than full. Hickman, meanwhile, has likely dropped Ultimates for Avengers, while Aaron is writing less than half the titles he was last year.
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He's also writing two ongoings from Image, plus writing and drawing one other creator owned thing, so I think he has to lessen his load by necessity. I wouldn't expect to see him on anything more than one or two ongoing series from Marvel in the future, maybe one ongoing and one occasional mini series.
And if he's doing anything at Marvel, it has to be the Avengers, especially since he's supposed to be playing with a few cosmic things coming up (kree, shiar, skrulls, etc). Then again I guess there is a chance that he and Slott are switching? He goes on Amazing, Slott on Fantastic Four? I suspect Spider Man would be a 'dream job' for most anyone, even moreso than the Avengers (which has historically not been as popular).
I'm guess that the days of an Avengers 'czar' are over, and I think that's a good thing. Bendis had too much control over the line and homogenized it, as Johns is doing over on GL. I'm excited to see Hickman on Avengers, Parker on Dark Avengers, Aaron on New Avengers, and Waid on Avengers Assemble (all hypothetical save for Parker on Dark).
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