Over the past year, Brian Michael Bendis has found himself hated and despised by a great amount of fans, mostly by me because of how I see him sit on a remarkable idea and fail to use it within his storytelling that could boost his popularity and introduce something completely new and interesting.
Even though I’ve noticed how Comicvine respectfully steers away from smear remarks about Bendis and his works, it’s quite an interesting subject as to how a man is becoming more famous and receiving such a horrible fan base by several comicfans at the same time. April 1 a Comicvine commentator played a prank on here claiming that Bendis was taking over the Secret Avengers, even though the commentator was only playing a joke, he didn’t realize the reaction that many people gave towards his blog. Never have I thought of how so many people would look down on a man who’s still pursuing and increasing his status among Marvel Comics. It is a fact that Bendis is creative for his former works and does have an influenced fanbase for what he did. But thinking as to how a man could continue on with no dependability towards his storytelling and no hope from the majority of Marvel fans, it raises the question if Bendis is actually at fault for his increased hatred from the Marvel fanbase.
Creativity is a valuable thing to have and it is a very fragile gift when it comes in control of other people, personally I know from experience.
I could personally relate to that because of how I grew up with a rare mental disorder that had good and bad outcomes for me. At a very young age I showed abnormal signs of creativity. Growing up I still continued to draw comic characters, monsters, or whatever influenced me. I had a dark view of my artwork that really captured a lot of attention through my years in school. This creativity followed me until it came to an end after joining the Marines. Some people are creative when they produce what they only want, and not from other people want. As my former bosses took notice of my creativity, I was forced into drawing/painting their ideal pictures, not ideas of mine and mine alone. When I mean by forced, it was a mandatory deadline that was extremely short and if I didn’t meet that deadline in time, I wouldn’t get to go home to see my wife until I’m fully done (the whole 24/7 Marine crap that was an excuse to deprive you from your own family). So you can guess how this turned out, I stopped drawing and hid my creative talents seeing how it completely screwed my life up.
Now how does this relate to Bendis’s creativity in writing?
It’s quite simple when thinking of one question, is Bendis in full control of what he wants write? Or is Marvel forcing him to write what they want him to write?
I know that Bendis isn’t going through the exact same thing that I went through, but it does make sense as to how a third party stepping into another man’s creativity and idea’s can be devastating. Behavioral Psychology has mentioned creativity being a fragile gift that some people take a lot of pride in and may not want another’s involvement from what they produce that would define who they really are.
So is Bendis really at fault for a majority of hating fans within Marvel? Or is it Marvel Comics itself?
This is the last drawing I did years ago. Here's the link if you can't see it