Also, in all-likelihood, Iron Man 1 sold well and will lead Marvel's decision-makers to ignore the internet crowd's distaste for Land's art -- which was my point to begin with. See, Marvel prefers to listen to the dollar signs rather than the critiques of bloggers and forum-posters.
Let me be clear: I like Kieron's writing -- he is one of my favorite writers -- and I've posted in the comments of his blog to tell him just that. I just don't think the distinction of being Marvel's finest writer belongs to him, necessarily. Is he better than Fraction? Definitely but I'd say that, in terms of ideas, Hickman is superior. In terms of pacing, Rucka is ahead and in terms of quippy and enjoyable dialogue, Bendis could teach him a few tricks. That doesn't mean that he's not great; just that he isn't quite the best they've got.