Also, Bendis DOES try new things when he gets on a title, and it is risky. Bitch all you want, but putting Wolvie and Spidey on the Avengers was a new move that no one had tried before, for one reason or another. And before that, revealing DD's ID to the world really put that title on the map and made people take notice. And this isn't the "safe" sort of risk you see other writers taking, which is just a return to a previous status quo to do the same safe, predictable stories that have been told time and time again. This is a NEW risk, something that throws the entire book off and really has readers questioning "what happens next." Because he doesn't just follow the same patterns of those that came before. He doesn't take the safe path.
Finally, I think Bendis really does a good job of getting into the heads of his characters. He makes their actions believable. You can understand why the Kingpin would think he isn't the bad guy in Ultimate Spider-Man the way he has him explain his actions. You understand why the Avengers might put the notion of bumping Osborn off on the table for discussion. It's a debate, where people are just discussion options. But everyone's voices ring true, from Wolverine's pragmatism, to Carol's peace making. Even though these characters are larger than life superheroes, he makes their actions feel real.
Is he perfect? Hell no. He has his flaws. His big stories do have a habit of resolving the same way. He doesn't always make the best use of all of the characters whenever he writers a team, and some get pushed to the background. And he does tend to rely on an "easy out" button to finish a fight. But I still think he's a great writer, with plenty of strengths to easily offset his flaws.
New Avengers, Morbius The Living Vampire, Scarlet Spider, Iron Man, Fearless Defenders, Fantastic Four, Deadpool Killogy, Savage Wolverine, Wolverine, Uncanny X-Men & X-Force, Cable & X-Force, Gambit
His weakness is cosmic or really powerful characters so NO. Keep him on street level stuff.
So, cosmic Bendis. A group of characters who have often been characterized, at least since the 1970s, as speaking in high-toned, somewhat Shakespearean dialogue often with philosophical soliloquies may now be talking in snippy Bendis dialogue. Seriously, try to imagine Silver Surfer or Adam Warlock talking in Bendis's patented dialogue. That would be funny for an issue at least.
Anyway, I'm not interested. Call me a hater or whatever, but I just don't dig the man's style.
It was basically the same thing that happened to Heroes for Hire, they had a promising start, but then everything started going down-hill.
I do think the same level of sales is achievable with a big-name writer coming in and doing his or her thing.
But your point about Heroes for Hire made something click. DnA did great Cosmic, then sucked at street level. Apparently Bendis does good street level, but will suck doing Cosmic. The pattern is there.
BPRD # Cable # Cyclops # Iron Man # Hellboy # Punisher # GOTG # SCUD # Thunderbolts # Venom
DnA # Fraction # Michelinie # Miller # Mignola # Nicieza # Parker # Remender # Schrab