Bendis doesn't really handle things the way other writes do. When other writers tackle the "Heroes being PROactive" approach, they usually try to paint it as being THE way to handle things. Bendis didn't do that with Illuminati, and showed the upsides and the downsides of such an approach. It wasn't a fix all situation, with the smartest people in the room solving all the problems because they're more "effective" than other heroes. If anything, they made the problems worse in a lot of situations.
When Byrne was on WCA, it was definitely the better book(the main title definitely went adrift after Stern left and was that way for a couple of years). Having said that, when Harras/Epting came on the main title and Thomas/Ross was on WCA/ACW that was, for me, a time when both books were pretty damn good. Everyone hates on Harras for his soap opera plotting, etc. but I enjoyed his storylines and his roster--yep, with the brief exception of Captain America and maybe the Vision, all B-listers like Black Widow, the Black Knight, Sersi and Crystal--was my favorite roster on the book next to Stern's run on the title(Cap, the Wasp, She-Hulk, Monica Rambeau, Vision and the Scarlet Witch, etc.). There hasn't been anything in Bendis' eight year stranglehold on the franchise that holds a candle to those two runs(or Busiek's) IMHO.
If the good guys are the ones going after the bad guys instead of vice versa, they have the time and the resources to specifically prep for the bad guys. Unless they're going after someone who is flat out more powerful, it should in theory make them the favorites going into it.
That said, it's not an unworkable premise. In the early portion of New Avengers, they were actually a pro-active team hunting down escaped 52 prisoners for example. I think with the right premise, those sort of books work well enough.
... I still wonder about a Gulf Coast Avengers.. based out of New Orleans.. make Monica Rambeau chairperson..
Thinking back to the WCA/AWC comics, which was your favorite storyline?
One little gem that I really liked, was the Ultron-12, the Nice Ultron, story.
I think my favorite story was still the two part annual cross overs with the East Coast Avengers. The ones with the softball games. The one with the Grandmaster in particular was a childhood favorite of mine.
Kurt Busiek Says:"Best Avengers Run, Steve Englehart's run in the 1970s. With Roy Thomas's run that preceded it close behind, and the Conway/Shooter/Michelinie run that followed close behind that
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Their Second tussle with the Pacific Overlords (War Machine and Darkhawk).
The John Byrne and Terry Austin annual tieing in with Attlantis Attacks.
The Hangman and the Lethal Legion storyline that led to Mockingbird's Death.
Just adding to the WCA love. The issue where Mockingbird quit the team because Clint couldn't understand her letting him die was one of my first comics. Geez, looking back kinda deep stuff for a kid huh... I guess thats why I've always liked MB and thought Clint was a total dick. Now it all makes sense.