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Quote of the day | Bendis on leaving Avengers ‘on a high note’

“I’m going to wrap up Avengers and New Avengers. At the same time the first storyline of ‘Avengers Assemble’ will be done. It’s a good time to move on to other things. Before I go, though, I’m ending things big. I’m in countdown mode. You know when you’re watching a show like Breaking Bad, and every episode feels like the second to last episode? That’s where I’m at. I’ve been on the Avengers longer than anybody in the history of the book. When you take everything into account, I’ve written over 200 issues. I’m very, very proud of that, and what we have coming up this summer gives me the opportunity to go out on a high note. I know enough about showbiz to know that’s a great time to go.”

– writer Brian Michael Bendis, revealing plans to leave Marvel’s Avengers franchise after eight years

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Bendis leaving Avengers is certainly a high note for *me*… ;)

A high point for me, too. I loved his Daredevil run, but his other works have been utter garbage — especially his “team” books. Everyone on a Bendis “team” speaks in the same, annoying, indistinguishable voice and share the same lame sense of humor apparently. The man’s characterization is just plain terrible, and his dialog has gone from bad to worse. His characters lengthy, redundant, ping-pong speak just does NOT exist real life — only in Diablo Cody or Kevin Smith movies — and I think we can all thank God for that.

I’ve enjoyed some of Bendis’ work, but I’m glad to hear he’s leaving.
As a long time Avengers fan I think Bendis struck a sour note from the very start of his run when he ignored several years of stories and suddenly had the Scarlet Witch go nuts over the loss of her two sons.
I could deal with some new motivation, but Bendis decided to cherry pick continuity – dipping back into decades-old John Byrne West Coast Avengers stories and ignoring pretty much every treatment of the Witch that followed by other creative teams.
However New Avengers started strong, with a nice mix of characters. I actually find that when he is writing some of the icons like Cap, Thor and Iron Man – as he has in Mighty Avengers and Avengers – Bendis’ style is less grating.
But then Bendis wrote The Sentry into Marvel continuity – a good idea that he complicated with a bizarrely updated backstory that wanted to both preserve what Paul Jenkins had done in the mini series but add some new touches. I never got why Jenkins’ origin for the character just couldn’t be incorporated into New Avengers.

And then New Avengers simply appeared to be treading water between events, from House of M to Civil War to Secret Invasion, and the big guns were replaced by all the “street level” members Bendis clearly prefers. Honestly at the end of the day you could have skipped those years of New Avengers and pretty much be all caught up if you simply read the “event” books. Gone were the days of great stand out “arcs” like Shooter’s Korvac saga or Stern’s Fall of the Mansion and Olympus sagas or Busiek’s battle with Ultron.

Things got better with Mighty Avengers, where Bendis clearly was trying to write a more traditional book using more classic members. But in my opinion that book was at its best when Dan Slott took over.

All that being said, I must admit that I’ve generally enjoyed Bendis’ last year or so on Avengers. Again, because of the make up of the team – Bucky-Cap, Steve Rogers/Captain America, Thor, Iron Man, Red Hulk, the Protector – he just can’t get away with as many Bendis-isms as he can over in New Avengers. He’s got to really try harder to play things straight and heroic. And he also worked hard to raise the threat levels. So we got some decent arcs – the Kang/alternate future/Ultron story, the Illuminati/Infinity Gauntlet story. And even Bendis’ Fear Itself tie ins were decent done-in-one issues focusing on a couple characters.

As for New Avengers, I dropped it after the Siege relaunch but am back on board for the ongoing “Osborn returns” story because of the tie-in with the Avengers book and also because I like having Daredevil on board. I don’t think Bendis ever really did a good job defning why this Avengers team needs to exist other than he likes to write the characters and it was a top seller. It could just has well have been The Defenders or a variation of Heroes for Hire or some brand new team.

At the end of the day far too often New Avengers under Bendis was like “the Underdog Avengers.” They always seem to get beat up or to kind of flounder their way to victory, in between all the banter. I never felt the book was particularly heroic.

I will give Bendis credit for raising the profile of the Avengers concept. I don’t think he was the only creator who could have made the book a popular one over the last few years. But he was successful. And despite his writing two – and next year three – Avengers ongoing titles, there has certainly been plenty of variety because the book has proved a top seller: Slott’s Avengers, Secret Avengers, Avengers Academy, Children’s Crusade, the Joe Casey minis focusing on the team’s past, the more kid-oriented title penned by Jeff Parker.

But as I said at the start, I’m glad he’s moving on. I’m hoping for a writer that I can honestly say I love and not one who entertains me one month and irritates me the next.

And right here and now I’m going to put an early request in for Jeff Parker. He’s a smart writer who has a love of the characters and Marvel history and can really tell some creative stories. No, he won’t be the “edgy” choice. But of the stable of current writers out there, unless Marvel somehow convinces Mark Waid or Grant Morrison to take over Avengers, Parker’s my man.

I got what I wanted for X-Mas.

I have read Avengers off and on over the last 30 years, but I haven’t collected Avengers consitently until Bendis’ run. I have thoroughly enjoyed it. I hope the next writer is as imaginative and fun to read.

brian said Waid on Avengers and I actually drooled a little bit. That would be amazing. Waid is one of the greats, and a genuinely nice fella to boot. (At least in my minimal interactions with him years ago when I attended SDCC every year) Would also be interesting to see what Slott could do. Maybe Waid on one book and Slott on the other? And drop it down from three books (which it will be by then) to two books.

Wasn’t counting Secret Avengers. I pretty much consider that seperate from the other two books for some reason. Enjoyable as it is.

I’m not a big fan of Bendis. I liked Ultimate Spider-man, but I got tired of it some time in the 120s around the Death of a Goblin story arc. I did think his dialogue was clever at first, but after a while it becomes grating. I remember one of my annoyances was that Peter kept saying, “oy!” What modern teenager talks like that? It sounds Dickensian to me. Any way I’m curious to see what’s next, who will take over 25% of Marvel’s output from Bendis?

He sure seems obsessed with having longer runs on books than anybody else. Maybe try for quality rather than quantity next time big guy.

His Avengers run might not have been to your taste (not all of it was my fave), but if you think Bendis isn’t trying for quality, you’re insane. The guy cares deeply about producing good work.

I wish him well as a human being, but I consider his (and Millar’s, and to a degree Jenkins’) influence on Marvel to have been nothing short of catastrophically destructive. I am hoping he stays far way from 616 (and, please God, DC’s mainstream universe) after this.

Bendis is leaving the Avengers? Wow! That’s wonderful!

It’s been heartbreakingly painful to watch Bendis turn the Avengers into a circus. He prostituted the Avengers, adding Wolverine and Spider-Man like so much botox and false boobs. I can do without Spider-Woman, too.

I hope some new writer comes in and ret-cons away all of Bendis’s stories (which would show the same respect Bendis did to the writers before him).

“I hope some new writer comes in and ret-cons away all of Bendis’s stories (which would show the same respect Bendis did to the writers before him).”

I hope the new writer promptly kills Luke Cage, Jessica Jones and the Hood.

Or perhaps the new writer can do better things with them.

Googam son of Goom

December 7, 2011 at 6:56 pm

I for one am sorry to see him go. His Avengers brought me back into Marvel comics along with a number of \lapsed’ friends.. Sorry ‘you’ didn’t enjoy it, but the man really knows how to work with characters and the Avengers at it’s best is about characters above anything else.

Wow…brian above hit a lot of the same notes and feelings I had about Bendis on Avengers… and I LOVE his work on Powers and Ultimate Spidey.

However, to just throw away and drastically change years of history made me sour to his Avengers work.

At the same time 200+ issues in a family’s line in the comics industry is nothing to be scoffed at. Bendis certainly gave his all here and while I did disagree with the direction, I admire the effort amongst creators who can’t even last 10-12 issues on major properties w/o subs…..

“A high point for me, too. I loved his Daredevil run, but his other works have been utter garbage — especially his “team” books. Everyone on a Bendis “team” speaks in the same, annoying, indistinguishable voice and share the same lame sense of humor apparently. The man’s characterization is just plain terrible, and his dialog has gone from bad to worse. His characters lengthy, redundant, ping-pong speak just does NOT exist real life — only in Diablo Cody or Kevin Smith movies — and I think we can all thank God for that.” – Anonymous.

I completely agree.

I too hope someone kills of luke, jessica and the hood. Maybe they could go insane? And I never ever want to see Spider-Man or wolverine on anything name Avengers. OH CHRISTMAS HAS COME EARLY. THE FATMAN HAS SUNG.

NomoerBendisonAvengers

December 20, 2011 at 2:27 am

Best news from Marvel in years. Bendis doesn’t know how to write a comic even if a good story bit him. Let’s hope he moves to DC or some other publisher. The first few new Avengers weren’t bad but with the introduction of the Sentry it went downhill real fast. Boring stories, Endless babble (lets give them the same speach patern the easist way) The most disappointing X-overs like Civil War, Secret Invasion were the Avengers did literaly did notihing than talk etc etc. The Limited series that flowed out of the main events were all better. Sorry to say but it was 8 years of cheap crap and all the crtics that hailed Bendis into heaven and people that gave him prices must have been blind or bought by Marvel there is no other explanation here.

Maybe the sales were great but that is all there is. Probably longstanding fans who wanted a complete collection who still bought the series, Spider-man and Wolverine fans obviously joined the club. Some new readers who didn’t care at all for the rich history of the Avengers and some Bendis fans who knew him from Daredevil and Spider-Man ultimate. Can’t imagine that, with the exception of Bendis fans, there were people actualy enjoying these books for the last 8 years.

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