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Subj: Re: Bendis is coming to DC
Posted: Tue Nov 07, 2017 at 07:17:44 pm EST (Viewed 382 times)
Reply Subj: Bendis is coming to DC
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The guy who's pretty much responsible for everything I dislike about Marvel is now going to be lending his .. work (can't say talents) to DC.

Maybe someone likes him, but I can't stand his particular method of writing (and tossing any established characterizations or history out the window)

Which DC books will I have to drop?


Brian Bendis has such an uneven track record in terms of his quality for me that I receive this news with an open mind and... actually, a degree of excitement.
DC comics as a company has been in need of fresh talent for some years now, a fresh direction. It might be too much to hope that Dan Didio and Jim Lee allow Mr Bendis the sort of power and influence he had while working for Marvel, but in bringing him to DC I would anticipate they will assign him to some meaningful characters and allow him some latitude to reinvent if needs be. The culture and character roster at DC is quite different to the Marvel Universe, it doesn't follow therefore that Bendis will approach his work here in the same way as he approached it for Marvel, and while he was indeed responsible for a fair amount of dreck over the years he was also responsible for some rather fine outings - his first Iron Man issues I found very good indeed, his All-New X-Men was another series I liked, his Avengers work was engaging and strangely compelling no matter what critics like to say in retrospect, and my personal favourite example of his ability to engage with traditional superheroics and tell a great story was, and is, Avengers Prime with Alan Davis.
I fully admit he is wildly uneven in terms of his quality, but I don't great this news with derision or contempt, rather an open mind and the anticipation that a fresh new cast of characters and the DC Universe will allow him to show off his best. He could be awful true, but equally he could be rather brilliant.

Above all though he is a major fresh injection into the long closed, and slowly stagnating, shop of the DC writers stable... and that news on its own is cause for some rejoicing I think. \(yes\)

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