I think it was Hazmat's speech about her always being a hater at the begining of Avengers Arena.
Wonder Man > Wonder Woman
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No amount of modern revisionism by the vocal internet minority can change the good work Bendis has done.
Heroes Reborn had some character assassinations, Thor was a really dumbass brute in the 90s comics. The crossing was a terrible show for Ironman. However these 'events' or universes were self contained.....the fallout and damage across the larger Marvelverse was small. Let's instead look at the run Bendis had,
Wonder Man under Bendis terrible
Wasp under Bendis was ruined
Thor under Bendis either non-existant or a work of comedy
Vision under Bendis wrecked
The Sentry under Bendis transformed from Jenkins hero into an evil killer junkie...irredeemable
Cyclops under Bendis, Scott fights his own people, fights Avengers and kills Xavier
Scarlet Witch under Bendis. totally DESTROYED
"You were wrong, Thor, it Never Ends...and Each Trial is Harder than the last!"
Wanda Maximoff - Earth 616
Everybody loves to hate on Bendis smh.
I love that people say characters are totally destroyed in the midst of those characters returning to prominence.
Plus, prominence doesn't have much to do with quality storywriting nor it's even always beneficial for the character. If you don't belive me, just look at Wolverine. The character we see nowadays, IMHO, is a joke compared to what he was in his heydays of the late 80's. Past Logan was an outsider, a loner, a mystery wrapped in an enigma. He was original, unique, authentic. Heroes all over could barely stand having him around. Yet, his appearences carried weight, were exciting and significant. Truly the best there was at what he did. The character nowadys is a done al, seen all bore. A hypocrate and a jobbing blowhard. Basically, your friendly neighbor stabby Macpsycho. Everybody's best bud, cuddly professor Logan, deathsquadroneer extraordinaire. It's hardly a character and more of a caricature. (IMHO, of course. I'm sure there are still those that dig him).
Want another exemple of prominance not equating to good stories (and I'm sure a lot of people will disagree with me here, however, I can only speak for myself). Luke Cage, once proudly known as Power Man. The character probably was never so promenent as written by Bendis. Avengers leader, central figure in many events, etc... However, I can't stand Bendis version of him. It's like reading a boring, whiney, sterotypical totally different character called Duke Chain, that has a passing ressemblence to Luke Cage.
So, yeah, IMHO, stories can provide characters with prominence and still be considered character assassinations and the ruination of certain characters. It's all in what it does for you, and that's unique to each and every reader.
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Bendis revels in 'shaking up' well established characters for shock value and the mark that it leaves is very deep indeed.
Its one of the reasons I'm staying the hell away from any X book he writes, I will miss reading the main mutant titles but thankfully there's Brian Wood on a single book as a beacon of hope for that franchise.
_ New U Avengers|Cap|DD|Thor
I think that people just get way too carried away with this whole thing. Most of these characters have been around for 40 to 50 years at this point. If writers don't try some different takes from time to time, then it would all get pretty boring, no?
And fans get very proprietary with things, and very dismissive of other fans' views. You know how many times I heard ahit for saying I didn't hate Bendis's take on Hawkeye? And how I wasn't a real fan of the character i I disn't hate it? And how Bendis had "destroyed the character forever"? And yet now Hawkeye is starring in his own solo book, that is very character driven and arguably the best book Marcel pits out. Hard to imagine that, when the character was "destroyed forever".
And as for Wolverine, I still like the character. Although I admit I don't read everything that he appears in monthly. The way I look at it is if I don't like how a book portrays a character, then I drop the book. I generally get my Wolverine dose through some of the team books like Avengers and the recently ended X-Force. And I'd argue that his X-Force character work was actually terrific. His "man of mystery" persona was pretty old by now, no? So I don't mind them doing something different with him.
I just think that fans overreact way too mich with this stuff. And in this thread, while there have been plenty of good points, and it's all really a matter of opinion anyway, I just think that the term "character assassination" should just be "take on a character that I don't like".
Nothing need be permanent in comics.