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From Newsarama: http://forum.newsarama.com/showthread.php?t=107221


While it was previously reported that Angel Medina would take over the pencils on Mighty Avengers starting with issue #7, allowing co-writer and penciler Frank Cho to take a break and get ahead on his next arc, that’s not quite the case anymore.

According to Marvel and Mighty Avengers co-writer Brian Bendis, long-time Ultimate Spider-Man artist Mark Bagley will be joining the book as the artist for the arc.

“I’m sorry for any embarrassment to Angel, but the announcement that made it out there was just premature,” Bendis told Newsarama. “He has another project that has to get done, and there were scheduling problems as well, so it just wasn’t going to work out.

“At the same time, this whole, ‘What will Bagley do after Ultimate Spider-Man?’ conversation came up, and I had said publicly that I had no intention of letting go of him, and if Mark convinces me that it’s not me that he’s sick of, but rather Spider-Man, then we’d be good to go. But then again, the whole leaving Ultimate Spider-Man thing could be because he was sick of me, which I can completely understand. I get to work with five different people each month; he gets to work with just me. I get to date around…he’s stuck in a relationship.”

Bendis explained that when he thought of Bagley working on Mighty Avengers, he would finally find out if the artist was sick of him or not.

“As it turns out, Mark was not sick of me. He just wanted to draw something else, and I told him, ‘I’ve got something else for you.’ He’s the perfect guy for it, so I’m happy to report that the team is not breaking up. It will also give Frank the ample time to produce his pages for the stories that are written for him, likewise, this story is being written for Mark.”

So how’s Bendis writing this arc for Bagley?

“In Mark’s case, I flat-out know what he can do, maybe even better than he does.

“Here’s the thing, when I write Spider-Man, there’s a certain part of my brain I’m using, and there’s another part when I’m writing Avengers with different kinds of images. Now I know that he can work in that part of my brain, so I apply that towards him. Anytime I write an arc, I literally try to imagine the world according to that person, like Leinil or Frank. For Mark, I imagine a story as if Mark drew it, and then write that story. The cool part is when he does something better than I even imagined, which happens a lot with Mark.

“I told him what the story was, and he said, “Oh, that’s everything that I wanted to draw.” I know what his non-Spider-Man likes are, and I was able to come to him and say, ‘here’s the team, here’s the villain, here’s the set pieces.’ It was a perfect match.”

So just who is the villain or villains? Well, as Bendis said, there’s a lot of symbiote action in the arc (reportedly entitled “Venom Bomb”), but that doesn’t necessarily mean the story is about the Avengers versus Venom teamo y mano.

“The big villain is Dr. Doom, and I’m very happy to announce that I got approval to bring the Dr. Doom story to a place it has not gone before,” Bendis said. “I don’t want to say what that is exactly, but we’re taking the hero versus villain fight in the Dr. Doom arena farther than it has gone before. The Avengers are going to kick some ass.”

And finally, given Bagley’s workhorse ethic and speed (he completed a full issue in the time it took you to read that) will Mighty Avengers see more of Bagley after this arc? Bendis isn’t saying, other than that Cho will be back on the title.

“It’s Frank’s book, but Frank can’t produce a monthly book for a long period of time. It takes him maybe seven weeks per issue, so as long as he has a head start, he’s good for a while. But with #7, he’ll need a break to get going on his next arc. It’s just like we were doing on New Avengers for the last couple of years. Every arc was written specifically for the artist, and that way, we make every arc the special event that it should be.”





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Dr. Shallot




It seemed that initial reaction to Medina drawing an Avengers arc was negative(although I've warmed to his style on Sensational and I'll miss him on that title), so I'm sure a lot of people will be happy with the Bagley announcement.

As for me, Mighty Avengers will need to prove itself before then. I was less than impressed with the first issue. So Doom is going to be featured? At least if it sucks there's always the tried and true "it was a Doombot" escape clause.

I found the insight into Bendis' creative process rather interesting. So he writes each arc specifically for the artist working on it? If that's the case are we destined to see arcs designed for Cho that emphasize buxom babes? Are the New Avengers destined to fight ninjas forever as long as Yu is the artist?




> From Newsarama: http://forum.newsarama.com/showthread.php?t=107221
>
>
> While it was previously reported that Angel Medina would take over the pencils on Mighty Avengers starting with issue #7, allowing co-writer and penciler Frank Cho to take a break and get ahead on his next arc, that’s not quite the case anymore.
>
> According to Marvel and Mighty Avengers co-writer Brian Bendis, long-time Ultimate Spider-Man artist Mark Bagley will be joining the book as the artist for the arc.
>
> “I’m sorry for any embarrassment to Angel, but the announcement that made it out there was just premature,” Bendis told Newsarama. “He has another project that has to get done, and there were scheduling problems as well, so it just wasn’t going to work out.
>
> “At the same time, this whole, ‘What will Bagley do after Ultimate Spider-Man?’ conversation came up, and I had said publicly that I had no intention of letting go of him, and if Mark convinces me that it’s not me that he’s sick of, but rather Spider-Man, then we’d be good to go. But then again, the whole leaving Ultimate Spider-Man thing could be because he was sick of me, which I can completely understand. I get to work with five different people each month; he gets to work with just me. I get to date around…he’s stuck in a relationship.”
>
> Bendis explained that when he thought of Bagley working on Mighty Avengers, he would finally find out if the artist was sick of him or not.
>
> “As it turns out, Mark was not sick of me. He just wanted to draw something else, and I told him, ‘I’ve got something else for you.’ He’s the perfect guy for it, so I’m happy to report that the team is not breaking up. It will also give Frank the ample time to produce his pages for the stories that are written for him, likewise, this story is being written for Mark.”
>
> So how’s Bendis writing this arc for Bagley?
>
> “In Mark’s case, I flat-out know what he can do, maybe even better than he does.
>
> “Here’s the thing, when I write Spider-Man, there’s a certain part of my brain I’m using, and there’s another part when I’m writing Avengers with different kinds of images. Now I know that he can work in that part of my brain, so I apply that towards him. Anytime I write an arc, I literally try to imagine the world according to that person, like Leinil or Frank. For Mark, I imagine a story as if Mark drew it, and then write that story. The cool part is when he does something better than I even imagined, which happens a lot with Mark.
>
> “I told him what the story was, and he said, “Oh, that’s everything that I wanted to draw.” I know what his non-Spider-Man likes are, and I was able to come to him and say, ‘here’s the team, here’s the villain, here’s the set pieces.’ It was a perfect match.”
>
> So just who is the villain or villains? Well, as Bendis said, there’s a lot of symbiote action in the arc (reportedly entitled “Venom Bomb”), but that doesn’t necessarily mean the story is about the Avengers versus Venom teamo y mano.
>
> “The big villain is Dr. Doom, and I’m very happy to announce that I got approval to bring the Dr. Doom story to a place it has not gone before,” Bendis said. “I don’t want to say what that is exactly, but we’re taking the hero versus villain fight in the Dr. Doom arena farther than it has gone before. The Avengers are going to kick some ass.”
>
> And finally, given Bagley’s workhorse ethic and speed (he completed a full issue in the time it took you to read that) will Mighty Avengers see more of Bagley after this arc? Bendis isn’t saying, other than that Cho will be back on the title.
>
> “It’s Frank’s book, but Frank can’t produce a monthly book for a long period of time. It takes him maybe seven weeks per issue, so as long as he has a head start, he’s good for a while. But with #7, he’ll need a break to get going on his next arc. It’s just like we were doing on New Avengers for the last couple of years. Every arc was written specifically for the artist, and that way, we make every arc the special event that it should be.”
>
>
>


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Tiger Shark




> It seemed that initial reaction to Medina drawing an Avengers arc was negative(although I've warmed to his style on Sensational and I'll miss him on that title), so I'm sure a lot of people will be happy with the Bagley announcement.
>
> As for me, Mighty Avengers will need to prove itself before then. I was less than impressed with the first issue. So Doom is going to be featured? At least if it sucks there's always the tried and true "it was a Doombot" escape clause.
>
> I found the insight into Bendis' creative process rather interesting. So he writes each arc specifically for the artist working on it? If that's the case are we destined to see arcs designed for Cho that emphasize buxom babes? Are the New Avengers destined to fight ninjas forever as long as Yu is the artist?
>
>
>
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> > From Newsarama: http://forum.newsarama.com/showthread.php?t=107221
> >
> >
> > While it was previously reported that Angel Medina would take over the pencils on Mighty Avengers starting with issue #7, allowing co-writer and penciler Frank Cho to take a break and get ahead on his next arc, that’s not quite the case anymore.
> >
> > According to Marvel and Mighty Avengers co-writer Brian Bendis, long-time Ultimate Spider-Man artist Mark Bagley will be joining the book as the artist for the arc.
> >
> > “I’m sorry for any embarrassment to Angel, but the announcement that made it out there was just premature,” Bendis told Newsarama. “He has another project that has to get done, and there were scheduling problems as well, so it just wasn’t going to work out.
> >
> > “At the same time, this whole, ‘What will Bagley do after Ultimate Spider-Man?’ conversation came up, and I had said publicly that I had no intention of letting go of him, and if Mark convinces me that it’s not me that he’s sick of, but rather Spider-Man, then we’d be good to go. But then again, the whole leaving Ultimate Spider-Man thing could be because he was sick of me, which I can completely understand. I get to work with five different people each month; he gets to work with just me. I get to date around…he’s stuck in a relationship.”
> >
> > Bendis explained that when he thought of Bagley working on Mighty Avengers, he would finally find out if the artist was sick of him or not.
> >
> > “As it turns out, Mark was not sick of me. He just wanted to draw something else, and I told him, ‘I’ve got something else for you.’ He’s the perfect guy for it, so I’m happy to report that the team is not breaking up. It will also give Frank the ample time to produce his pages for the stories that are written for him, likewise, this story is being written for Mark.”
> >
> > So how’s Bendis writing this arc for Bagley?
> >
> > “In Mark’s case, I flat-out know what he can do, maybe even better than he does.
> >
> > “Here’s the thing, when I write Spider-Man, there’s a certain part of my brain I’m using, and there’s another part when I’m writing Avengers with different kinds of images. Now I know that he can work in that part of my brain, so I apply that towards him. Anytime I write an arc, I literally try to imagine the world according to that person, like Leinil or Frank. For Mark, I imagine a story as if Mark drew it, and then write that story. The cool part is when he does something better than I even imagined, which happens a lot with Mark.
> >
> > “I told him what the story was, and he said, “Oh, that’s everything that I wanted to draw.” I know what his non-Spider-Man likes are, and I was able to come to him and say, ‘here’s the team, here’s the villain, here’s the set pieces.’ It was a perfect match.”
> >
> > So just who is the villain or villains? Well, as Bendis said, there’s a lot of symbiote action in the arc (reportedly entitled “Venom Bomb”), but that doesn’t necessarily mean the story is about the Avengers versus Venom teamo y mano.
> >
> > “The big villain is Dr. Doom, and I’m very happy to announce that I got approval to bring the Dr. Doom story to a place it has not gone before,” Bendis said. “I don’t want to say what that is exactly, but we’re taking the hero versus villain fight in the Dr. Doom arena farther than it has gone before. The Avengers are going to kick some ass.”
> >
> > And finally, given Bagley’s workhorse ethic and speed (he completed a full issue in the time it took you to read that) will Mighty Avengers see more of Bagley after this arc? Bendis isn’t saying, other than that Cho will be back on the title.
> >
> > “It’s Frank’s book, but Frank can’t produce a monthly book for a long period of time. It takes him maybe seven weeks per issue, so as long as he has a head start, he’s good for a while. But with #7, he’ll need a break to get going on his next arc. It’s just like we were doing on New Avengers for the last couple of years. Every arc was written specifically for the artist, and that way, we make every arc the special event that it should be.”
> >
> >
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Tiger Shark




...this is exactly that kind of thing that has run Marvel and the industry into the ground creatively.

They should be carefully focusing on each title as a whole, and in every aspect, rather than nit-picking around whether Medina or Bagley will illustrate...a single arc. C'mon. Has it come to that?

Remember the glorious days of Roy Thomas, John Buscema, and Neal Adams on the Avengers? Or Roger Stern and Big John Buscema? The series itself was then almost the total focus of each issue. Not who was writing it and whether or not DC would give them a better deal and healthcare to boot.

It's not as if Neal Adams is coming out of retirement to work on MA for a year--that would be news. Or Richard Corben. Or even Art Adams.


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> I found the insight into Bendis' creative process rather interesting. So he writes each arc specifically for the artist working on it? If that's the case are we destined to see arcs designed for Cho that emphasize buxom babes? Are the New Avengers destined to fight ninjas forever as long as Yu is the artist?

Hehe, you said 'creative' \:\)

No worries having a 'Bagley onboard', and I don't think it's the stories a writer has to manuever for an artist, but it is a good idea to play to their strengths and not weigh in on weaknesses when it comes to describing the panel layouts, etc. If you've got a Perez you don't have just one or two characters in a panel, but if you've got an artist who's weak with city layouts you avoid the sprawling cityscapes.



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Dr. Shallot





> Hehe, you said 'creative' \:\)
>
> No worries having a 'Bagley onboard', and I don't think it's the stories a writer has to manuever for an artist, but it is a good idea to play to their strengths and not weigh in on weaknesses when it comes to describing the panel layouts, etc. If you've got a Perez you don't have just one or two characters in a panel, but if you've got an artist who's weak with city layouts you avoid the sprawling cityscapes.
>

I agree, you should certainly play to an artist's strength. Adjusting the story for the artist is different though. I would like to think that most professional artists can handle anything thrown at them. If you think artist Z can best handle a ninja story, but not the romantic subplots that started to develop between two characters in the previous arc by artist Y, then are you going to put this story element on hold for x amount of months? I think we've seen this in New Avengers, at least until the point that I jumped ship. Will that Spider-woman/Fury/Shield subplot ever get resolved? What will be the next step for Wanda? Or do we have to wait until that artist that drew issue #26 is free to add that special touch only he can deliver. I'd rather have a consistent creative team that works well together on a variety of stories. If Bendis and Bags can do it on Ultimate Spidey why can't it be done on The Avengers, "today's X-Men"-a book that for the most part was synonymous with long artistic stints.


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> I agree, you should certainly play to an artist's strength. Adjusting the story for the artist is different though. I would like to think that most professional artists can handle anything thrown at them. ==snippage== If Bendis and Bags can do it on Ultimate Spidey why can't it be done on The Avengers, "today's X-Men"-a book that for the most part was synonymous with long artistic stints.

Bagley CAN produce on a regular(monthly) basis. Cho can't (but at least doesn't blame everyone else for time constraints) I heard him say 'no one can do it with the demands no a days', but that's not true. There are fast guys and slow guys. In no way did I mean the writer should put off artist Y's story until they're back, but when they write the script they can still play to their strengths. artist A might do wonderful landscapes and scenery so said romantic scene happens in a lush garden. artist B might have to show the scene in a more confined area or with more close ups and less panning shots.


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