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Subj: The good and the bad
Posted: Mon Nov 20, 2017 at 01:22:11 pm EST (Viewed 181 times)
Reply Subj: I Think That Bendis Was Great For The Marvel Universe, Is Anyone Going To Miss Him? And This Does NOT Mean The End For Marvel.
Posted: Thu Nov 16, 2017 at 12:47:04 pm EST (Viewed 231 times)
I thought he was good with certain corners of the Marvel Universe. He wrote young people really well (Ultimate Peter Parker and his supporting cast, for example). I thought he was good with street-level characters like Daredevil, Luke Cage and Jessica Jones. He also wrote neurotic characters very well - kind of like the Woody Allen of comics.
Unfortunately when they let him take over the Avengers it all went wrong. He made the mistake of limited writers, and tried to parlay his strengths into a new genre. Unfortunately that meant he tried to write the Avengers like they were a bunch of neurotic teenagers. He reduced them rather than elevated them. And even the most amateur of writers ought to know that a character like Captain America doesn't banter.
His idea to take the big sellers and put them into a single book was a commercial success, granted. But it wasn't good for the characters. Having Spider-man as an Avenger diminished his solo book - what villain could be threatening if he could just whip out his Avengers ID card and call in reinforcements? Spider-man worked well as a solo character and always will. As for Wolverine as an Avenger - ugh. That worked just as well as when they tried to make Reed Richards an Avenger.
His events seemed to have good ideas at first, but usually they just sort of petered out by the end, and left you wondering why you spent all that money. Near the end his events were pathetically repetitive, boiling down to only one concept - hero vs. hero, in one form or another. In the words of the Barenaked Ladies, it's all been done before. It really doesn't surprise me that he is moving on - I don't think he has any ideas left that could seem fresh or surprising.
DC readers are in for a roller coaster. But not a fun one.
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