The Bendis Theory (Love or Hate Him?)

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#1 Posted by RainEffect (3240 posts) - - Show Bio

It's like the Chaos Theory but ... well ... more nightmarish
 
But seriously, there's a LOT of Bendis hate on this forum and I'd love to hear people's varying takes on the most infamous Marvel writer I know of.
I personally have nothing against him. The first comic I ever read was his and Maleev's Daredevil run and I loved every bit of that, aside from the introduction of Milla Donovan. That was a joke. Matt wouldn't settle for dating a normal blind girl after the array of women he's hanky-pankied with in the past. 
 
So, would you kiss the man's feet or stab them with lit candles?

#2 Posted by FadeToBlackBolt (23334 posts) - - Show Bio

Bendis should be imprisoned for life for committing Crimes Against Humanity. He is a War Criminal in the War Against Terrible Comics.  

#3 Posted by Whisper_ (3373 posts) - - Show Bio
@FadeToBlackBolt said:
Bendis should be imprisoned for life for committing Crimes Against Humanity. He is a War Criminal in the War Against Terrible Comics.  
#4 Posted by RainEffect (3240 posts) - - Show Bio
@FadeToBlackBolt said:
Bendis should be imprisoned for life for committing Crimes Against Humanity. He is a War Criminal in the War Against Terrible Comics.  
LOL. That is shortened to - CAHHIAWCITWATC. Yep, that should totally be legit. Hah!
I've noticed your Bendis hate on previous topics, so I'd love to hear what causes such utter hatred. What character did he destroy that made you hate him?
#5 Posted by Alurvelve (3634 posts) - - Show Bio
@FadeToBlackBolt said:
Bendis should be imprisoned for life for committing Crimes Against Humanity. He is a War Criminal in the War Against Terrible Comics.  
#6 Posted by keith71_98 (387 posts) - - Show Bio

I'm no Bendis fan. Avengers was always my favorite book. But after he got on their and stayed for a while he completely ruined it for me. Haven't bought an Avengers book for a while.

#7 Posted by Queen's Halo (2431 posts) - - Show Bio
@FadeToBlackBolt said:
Bendis should be imprisoned for life for committing Crimes Against Humanity. He is a War Criminal in the War Against Terrible Comics.  
Oh, we should add Bendis haters to the club.
#8 Posted by FadeToBlackBolt (23334 posts) - - Show Bio
@RainEffect said:
@FadeToBlackBolt said:
Bendis should be imprisoned for life for committing Crimes Against Humanity. He is a War Criminal in the War Against Terrible Comics.  
LOL. That is shortened to - CAHHIAWCITWATC. Yep, that should totally be legit. Hah! I've noticed your Bendis hate on previous topics, so I'd love to hear what causes such utter hatred. What character did he destroy that made you hate him?
I'll just repost my infamous Siege rant; 
 

First of all, let’s examine the lead up to Siege; Asgardian is attacked, stuff gets blown up, Norman Osborn wages war on Asgard. Let’s just take a moment to think about this. Norman Osborn, without the expressed permission of the President (I’ll explain why this is apparent later), declares war on a nation that hovers over US soil. Does no one else think this screams “BAD IDEA”!? And it’s not like you’re attacking Greenland here, this is Asgard, home of the gods. Gods. Plural. Osborn has been planning this with the curiously absent Cabal. Where the hell was Doom when all this was going on?  
“Huh, Asgard’s going to be destroyed, is there a chance anything interesting could be happening over there? It’s not like MY CONCURRENT STORYLINE HAS ME RESEARCHING ASGARDIAN PHYSIOLOGY” By definition, War implies casualties on both sides, otherwise it’s just an extermination. Ergo, dead Asgardians. So Norman and his team of Avengers decide to attack Asgard with HAMMER agents. Please keep in mind said agents are probably just regular enlisted men with homes and families, that becomes important later on. 

 
So, now that all this is going on, the Marvel Heroes decide that enough is enough. Norman Osborn has gone too far, as opposed to everything else he’s done this year which was just shy of “too far”. Suddenly Ares realises that the known psychopath and supervillain who threw an innocent young woman off a bridge and has secret meetings with Dictators and mobsters may in fact not be all that trustworthy, so he decides to rebel against the Dark Avengers. He is then promptly slaughtered by the Sentry.  
“Surely you mean the Void who has incapicated the Sentry?” Nope, I mean the Sentry. Bob Reynolds. He just killed Ares. Why? Don’t think about that, you idiot, Bendis sure didn’t. So now the Sentry, the Saint of the Marvel Universe, is a complete and utter nutbar. And by nutbar, I don’t mean mentally unstable, which is how he was written, I mean he has the maturity level of an eight year old and listens to a KNOWN PSYCHOPATH AND SUPERVILLAIN WHO THREW AN INNOCENT YOUNG WOMAN OFF A BRIDGE. But hey, it’s not like that young girl was the Sentry’s friend’s girlfriend. Oh wait. It was. But just remember, as far as Bendis is concerned, this all makes sense.  
 
So anyway, the Marvel heroes show up and there’s a bunch of fighting, I don’t really remember the specifics of said fight, as it was incredibly dull and forgettable. Anyway, Spidey punches Norman Osborn inside his Iron Patriot armor and the helmet flies off leaving Norman looking all green and sick. I think this was supposed to imply that the Goblin had taken over, but mostly it just looked like he vomited on himself inside his helmet. Anyway, Steve Rogers and the Marvel Heroes declare that Osborn is under arrest. Yep, because apparently they have the right to arrest people now. Why did they not do this beforehand? Like when Osborn was trying to steal a Cosmic Cube? Um, shut up, that’s why. So Norman Osborn is being arrested for… Wait, why’s he being arrested? This whole War seems to be sanctioned by the US Government. Wait? It’s not!? THEN WHY THE HELL WERE THE DARK AVENGERS AND THE HAMMER AGENTS FOLLOWING OSBORN!? When your boss says jump, and the Government says stand ****ing still or we’ll put you in prison, you stand ****ing still.  
 
Anyway, Norman goes ape**** at the concept of losing his position of power, so he tells the Sentry; greatest hero in the Marvel Universe, to trash Asgard. Why? Just coz. So then Bob does it, and boom! We are now staring at some kind of crab thing that looks like it was taken straight from a porn anime. So, what the hell is that thing? The Void? Huh? Since when did the Void look like that? Oh, it does now. Ok, that makes sense.  
 
I have already described why Dark Avengers#15 and Siege #3 were terrible in depth in a blog, but I’ll paste it here anyway. 
  
I enjoyed Bendis’ original run with the character back in New Avengers, and whilst it was nowhere near the quality of the Jenkins’ story, it was still thoroughly enjoyable. Then, came Dark Reign. Norman Osborn succeeds in manipulating the Sentry, Robert Reynolds and the Void; why is he able to do this? No idea. There is no explanation given. In Dark Avengers #5, Norman tells Robert “there is no Void”, and then asks for the Void’s help next issue. I know that Bendis is trying to illustrate just how evil Osborn is, but it comes off more as an insult to the intelligence of the reader. We know Osborn is evil. We know he is an insane, cruel and manipulative expletive. Gwen told us that 30 years ago.  
 
So, in order to tell us what we already know, Bendis spends the first 6 issues of Dark Avengers showcasing the Sentry as something of almost Spectre-level power, and all the while having him being controlled by Norman Osborn. Again, the question is why? Why would the Sentry follow Osborn? The Sentry is a universal force for good, his best friend is Reed Richards. He is a mentor to Spider-Man and a friend to the Hulk. For whatever reason, he forsakes these prior relationships (relationships he was willing to sacrifice his memory and legacy for), so he can work for Osborn. Again, the question is why?  
 
Nevertheless, I have a large amount of patience for comic books, even books with overwhelmingly large plotholes; and Mike Deodato Jr is one of my favourite artists, so I continued to look forward to Dark Avengers each issue.  
 
Then, the Molecule Man Arc. I don’t even need to explain what was wrong with this. How exactly does drinking a freaking serum give you molecular control of the environment around you? Answer, it doesn’t. The serum accelerated and temporally displaced Robert’s molecules, it did not give him a metaphysical reality alteration ability. Still, it could be worse? We all know that the Sentry is going to return to his status as a true hero at some point, atone for his sins, and all will be well.  
 
Dark Avengers #13 and #14 threw in some garbage about the connection between the Sentry and the Angel of Death of the Passover. So, that’s a nice slap to Jews and Christians everywhere (of which I am one) by suggesting their faith is actually just a physical manifestation of a schitzophrenic’s “dark” side.  
 
Still, I continued to persevere with the series, just waiting for Bob to shed this dominated weakling persona he gained for some bizarre unknowable reason; then Siege #3. In Dark Avengers #15, Bullseye kills the Sentry’s wife. Sentry becomes the void (of-bloody-course) and yells for a few pages. Then Osborn just tells him to chill….And he does. The most powerful human being on the planet is told by a world-renowned psycho (Bullseye) that his wife committed suicide. And he believes him. Now, on top of that being ludicrous in of itself, I’m reasonably certain that the Sentry has telepathy. Which, for some ungodly reason, he decides never to use when HE IS LIVING WITH A BUNCH OF CRIMINALS AND SADISTS. 
  
So, we’ve established that DA #15 frustrated me, but I still didn’t hate the issue that much. Bullseye’s interaction with Lindy was hauntingly wonderful to read. And then I read Siege #3. What the hell was that? The Sentry destroys Asgard on Osborn’s order, because Osborn has just had the holy hell beaten out of him by the good guys (took long enough), in an entirely unsatisfying manner. This is all after Thor and Sentry have had a mini-throwdown with Thor having a look of “holy $#%@” on his face the entire time. So, Sentry destroys Asgard and Norman starts whining about how he was the only one who could keep “him” in check. The heroes all stand around like a pack of morons, after all, it’s not like a floating city just got destroyed or anything, and then we see what Osborn was alluding to; the Sentry in fully voided-out-mode looking maniacal and menacing.  
 
And so the real villain of Siege was the Sentry, the greatest hero of the Marvel Universe (according to Jenkins’ original series, we all know Spidey is really the greatest in the MU). A truly incorruptible and selfless being is now the Big Bad. Everything that made the Sentry a joy to read, his fragility, his honor, his courage, his strength and his willingness to do what is right no matter what, is completely gone. This character, who I so loved for being psychologically scarred, has become just another nutcase. Bendis took a character with a severe mental illness that was treated with the utmost respect and understanding, and turned him into just another evil dude.  
 
The characterisation isn’t what has annoyed me, nor the plot holes. It’s the complete disregard that the writing has held for such an awful illness. The moral of the Sentry is no longer “overcoming adversity with faith and selfless action”, but rather “if you have a mental illness, you’re going to turn into a grotesque, psychotic demon”.   
 
End original blog.  
 
So we’ve just finished Siege #3, and it turns out the Sentry is the villain. I’m sorry, the Void, because in Bendisland, they occupy the same body. So there’s a big fight scene with the Marvel Heroes and the Void. The Void decides not to use its immense telepathic power, because that would be logical, and instead chooses to attack everyone, not killing any of them, mind you, with his super powerful tentacles of death. Then Loki does something with the Norn Stones and dies after what is actually a pretty solid examination of his character. Oh that’s right, that happened in Thor, not Siege. Oh well. So yeah, Loki’s dead, and despite causing all of this FOR TEH LULZ, we’re supposed to feel really bad about it. But enough of that crap, the Void isn’t done hitting everyone with non-lethal attacks. Except Loki, he got the lethal attack. Then a helicarrier crashes into the Void and this reverts it back to Bob, coz it works that way (no it doesn’t).  
 
So Bob begs Thor to kill him in a truly noble showing of self-sacrifice. Thor says “**** you, you mentally ill person, I want to watch you suffer”. Ok, that wasn’t verbatim, but that was the gist. Suddenly Bob turns into the Void again! OMG, I TOTALLY DIDN’T SEE THAT COMING! Oh wait, I have an IQ above 14, yes I did. So then Thor decides that he’s really mad at the Void for killing his brother, and wants to destroy it. Even though he just said he didn’t want to do that four seconds ago. Then he hits the Void, the being of infinite power that was capable of reforming itself after Molecule Man literally tore it apart on a Molecular level, with a hammer and a lightning bolt. Well, that’s just going to tick the Void off, why would you do that?  
 
Oh no. Wait. He’s dead. Well he’s gonna come back; that was the whole point of Dark Avengers, wasn’t it? Showing that Bob couldn’t die! 
 
Oh no, wait. He’s really dead. Huh?  
 
So yeah, Bob’s dead and the Marvel Heroes are all standing around wondering what the hell they were doing involved in a war that was handled by about five of them. Then the remaining HAMMER agents and the Dark Avengers are arrested… Wait, why are they being arrested? One assumes that they were unaware that Osborn was acting outside of the US Government’s orders, meaning they were manipulated and believed they were doing the right thing. So they’re being arrested because their boss was a psycho? That seems fair. And those HAMMER soldiers, yeah, they wont be able to go home and sing happy birthday to their kids, because apparently, they did the wrong thing by following the orders of their superiors. Those bastards.  
 
So Steve is promoted to Head of SHIELD due to his immense amount of experience in the field of running large scale organisations. What’s that? He has no experience? Shut up, this is a happy ending! 
 
Siege was promoted as being the culmination of eight years worth of Marvel events. Civil War, Secret Invasion, Dark Reign. Captain America revolted against the Government, friends became enemies, enemies became a badass bounty hunting team written by Warren Ellis, Iron Man became a tyrant who apparently embezzled billions of dollars of Government funds, Spider-Man’s family was shot due to the inability of the Pro-Reg forces to live up to their word, etc…  
 
But that’s ok, because none of that matters! We’re all friends again! Why are we friends again? Because that’s what Bendis wants! Hooray!  
 
Basically, Siege was terrible. Don’t read it.

#9 Posted by FadeToBlackBolt (23334 posts) - - Show Bio
@Queen's Halo said:
@FadeToBlackBolt said:
Bendis should be imprisoned for life for committing Crimes Against Humanity. He is a War Criminal in the War Against Terrible Comics.  
Oh, we should add Bendis haters to the club.
Definitely.  
 
Greatest. Club. Ever. 
#10 Posted by Aiden Cross (15513 posts) - - Show Bio

I like his run on Daredevil, but that's pretty much it.

#11 Posted by Alurvelve (3634 posts) - - Show Bio

Though I dislike Joe Quesada more.

#12 Posted by Whisper_ (3373 posts) - - Show Bio
@FadeToBlackBolt said:
@Queen's Halo said:
@FadeToBlackBolt said:
Bendis should be imprisoned for life for committing Crimes Against Humanity. He is a War Criminal in the War Against Terrible Comics.  
Oh, we should add Bendis haters to the club.
Definitely.   Greatest. Club. Ever. 
What club is this we speak of? 
 
@Alurvelve said:
Though I dislike Joe Quesada more.
Spidey fanboy ;p
#13 Posted by iLLituracy (13522 posts) - - Show Bio

/goes to start Bendis blog on Tumblr

#14 Posted by SC (11992 posts) - - Show Bio

Bendis is great at capturing the illusion of tightness and bonds with characters. Thats Mamet speak for you. "Mamet speak?" Yeah that's what I, "what you said?" What? "What you said" Oh... Yes? "Yes what?" I think, casual fans, really like this sort of banter and character exchange. Humanizes the characters. You can sort of believe they are down to earth, grounded characters, well... the characters he wants portrayed this way. Other characters provide contrasts, to sort of drive home the point with others, and so this means they can become simplified caricatures of themselves. Ares, Sentry, Moonstone, pretty cool, well fleshed out, intricate characters, because just... a bit heavy handed and one dimensional. One gets cartoon crazy, one becomes horny and loud and the other gets horny and yup. 
 
Bendis is willing to openly ignore continuity for a small joke that may miss its mark (or it might hit, milage may vary) (Bucky killing Hitler for example)  
 
Still, Bendis knows that fans respond to certain things and they do, so he gives them what they want, and a writer like Slott gives fans stuff and what do fans do? Well, they don't respond as strongly.  
 
My wish? Is that Bendis was like, a fan of continuity, characterization, and consistency to things that came before him, whilst adding on his own strengths. I neither hate or love him. 

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#15 Posted by RainEffect (3240 posts) - - Show Bio
@FadeToBlackBolt said:
@RainEffect said:
@FadeToBlackBolt said:
Bendis should be imprisoned for life for committing Crimes Against Humanity. He is a War Criminal in the War Against Terrible Comics.  
LOL. That is shortened to - CAHHIAWCITWATC. Yep, that should totally be legit. Hah! I've noticed your Bendis hate on previous topics, so I'd love to hear what causes such utter hatred. What character did he destroy that made you hate him?
I'll just repost my infamous Siege rant; 
 

First of all, let’s examine the lead up to Siege; Asgardian is attacked, stuff gets blown up, Norman Osborn wages war on Asgard. Let’s just take a moment to think about this. Norman Osborn, without the expressed permission of the President (I’ll explain why this is apparent later), declares war on a nation that hovers over US soil. Does no one else think this screams “BAD IDEA”!? And it’s not like you’re attacking Greenland here, this is Asgard, home of the gods. Gods. Plural. Osborn has been planning this with the curiously absent Cabal. Where the hell was Doom when all this was going on?  
“Huh, Asgard’s going to be destroyed, is there a chance anything interesting could be happening over there? It’s not like MY CONCURRENT STORYLINE HAS ME RESEARCHING ASGARDIAN PHYSIOLOGY” By definition, War implies casualties on both sides, otherwise it’s just an extermination. Ergo, dead Asgardians. So Norman and his team of Avengers decide to attack Asgard with HAMMER agents. Please keep in mind said agents are probably just regular enlisted men with homes and families, that becomes important later on. 

 
So, now that all this is going on, the Marvel Heroes decide that enough is enough. Norman Osborn has gone too far, as opposed to everything else he’s done this year which was just shy of “too far”. Suddenly Ares realises that the known psychopath and supervillain who threw an innocent young woman off a bridge and has secret meetings with Dictators and mobsters may in fact not be all that trustworthy, so he decides to rebel against the Dark Avengers. He is then promptly slaughtered by the Sentry.  
“Surely you mean the Void who has incapicated the Sentry?” Nope, I mean the Sentry. Bob Reynolds. He just killed Ares. Why? Don’t think about that, you idiot, Bendis sure didn’t. So now the Sentry, the Saint of the Marvel Universe, is a complete and utter nutbar. And by nutbar, I don’t mean mentally unstable, which is how he was written, I mean he has the maturity level of an eight year old and listens to a KNOWN PSYCHOPATH AND SUPERVILLAIN WHO THREW AN INNOCENT YOUNG WOMAN OFF A BRIDGE. But hey, it’s not like that young girl was the Sentry’s friend’s girlfriend. Oh wait. It was. But just remember, as far as Bendis is concerned, this all makes sense.  
 
So anyway, the Marvel heroes show up and there’s a bunch of fighting, I don’t really remember the specifics of said fight, as it was incredibly dull and forgettable. Anyway, Spidey punches Norman Osborn inside his Iron Patriot armor and the helmet flies off leaving Norman looking all green and sick. I think this was supposed to imply that the Goblin had taken over, but mostly it just looked like he vomited on himself inside his helmet. Anyway, Steve Rogers and the Marvel Heroes declare that Osborn is under arrest. Yep, because apparently they have the right to arrest people now. Why did they not do this beforehand? Like when Osborn was trying to steal a Cosmic Cube? Um, shut up, that’s why. So Norman Osborn is being arrested for… Wait, why’s he being arrested? This whole War seems to be sanctioned by the US Government. Wait? It’s not!? THEN WHY THE HELL WERE THE DARK AVENGERS AND THE HAMMER AGENTS FOLLOWING OSBORN!? When your boss says jump, and the Government says stand ****ing still or we’ll put you in prison, you stand ****ing still.  
 
Anyway, Norman goes ape**** at the concept of losing his position of power, so he tells the Sentry; greatest hero in the Marvel Universe, to trash Asgard. Why? Just coz. So then Bob does it, and boom! We are now staring at some kind of crab thing that looks like it was taken straight from a porn anime. So, what the hell is that thing? The Void? Huh? Since when did the Void look like that? Oh, it does now. Ok, that makes sense.  
 
I have already described why Dark Avengers#15 and Siege #3 were terrible in depth in a blog, but I’ll paste it here anyway. 
  
I enjoyed Bendis’ original run with the character back in New Avengers, and whilst it was nowhere near the quality of the Jenkins’ story, it was still thoroughly enjoyable. Then, came Dark Reign. Norman Osborn succeeds in manipulating the Sentry, Robert Reynolds and the Void; why is he able to do this? No idea. There is no explanation given. In Dark Avengers #5, Norman tells Robert “there is no Void”, and then asks for the Void’s help next issue. I know that Bendis is trying to illustrate just how evil Osborn is, but it comes off more as an insult to the intelligence of the reader. We know Osborn is evil. We know he is an insane, cruel and manipulative expletive. Gwen told us that 30 years ago.  
 
So, in order to tell us what we already know, Bendis spends the first 6 issues of Dark Avengers showcasing the Sentry as something of almost Spectre-level power, and all the while having him being controlled by Norman Osborn. Again, the question is why? Why would the Sentry follow Osborn? The Sentry is a universal force for good, his best friend is Reed Richards. He is a mentor to Spider-Man and a friend to the Hulk. For whatever reason, he forsakes these prior relationships (relationships he was willing to sacrifice his memory and legacy for), so he can work for Osborn. Again, the question is why?  
 
Nevertheless, I have a large amount of patience for comic books, even books with overwhelmingly large plotholes; and Mike Deodato Jr is one of my favourite artists, so I continued to look forward to Dark Avengers each issue.  
 
Then, the Molecule Man Arc. I don’t even need to explain what was wrong with this. How exactly does drinking a freaking serum give you molecular control of the environment around you? Answer, it doesn’t. The serum accelerated and temporally displaced Robert’s molecules, it did not give him a metaphysical reality alteration ability. Still, it could be worse? We all know that the Sentry is going to return to his status as a true hero at some point, atone for his sins, and all will be well.  
 
Dark Avengers #13 and #14 threw in some garbage about the connection between the Sentry and the Angel of Death of the Passover. So, that’s a nice slap to Jews and Christians everywhere (of which I am one) by suggesting their faith is actually just a physical manifestation of a schitzophrenic’s “dark” side.  
 
Still, I continued to persevere with the series, just waiting for Bob to shed this dominated weakling persona he gained for some bizarre unknowable reason; then Siege #3. In Dark Avengers #15, Bullseye kills the Sentry’s wife. Sentry becomes the void (of-bloody-course) and yells for a few pages. Then Osborn just tells him to chill….And he does. The most powerful human being on the planet is told by a world-renowned psycho (Bullseye) that his wife committed suicide. And he believes him. Now, on top of that being ludicrous in of itself, I’m reasonably certain that the Sentry has telepathy. Which, for some ungodly reason, he decides never to use when HE IS LIVING WITH A BUNCH OF CRIMINALS AND SADISTS. 
  
So, we’ve established that DA #15 frustrated me, but I still didn’t hate the issue that much. Bullseye’s interaction with Lindy was hauntingly wonderful to read. And then I read Siege #3. What the hell was that? The Sentry destroys Asgard on Osborn’s order, because Osborn has just had the holy hell beaten out of him by the good guys (took long enough), in an entirely unsatisfying manner. This is all after Thor and Sentry have had a mini-throwdown with Thor having a look of “holy $#%@” on his face the entire time. So, Sentry destroys Asgard and Norman starts whining about how he was the only one who could keep “him” in check. The heroes all stand around like a pack of morons, after all, it’s not like a floating city just got destroyed or anything, and then we see what Osborn was alluding to; the Sentry in fully voided-out-mode looking maniacal and menacing.  
 
And so the real villain of Siege was the Sentry, the greatest hero of the Marvel Universe (according to Jenkins’ original series, we all know Spidey is really the greatest in the MU). A truly incorruptible and selfless being is now the Big Bad. Everything that made the Sentry a joy to read, his fragility, his honor, his courage, his strength and his willingness to do what is right no matter what, is completely gone. This character, who I so loved for being psychologically scarred, has become just another nutcase. Bendis took a character with a severe mental illness that was treated with the utmost respect and understanding, and turned him into just another evil dude.  
 
The characterisation isn’t what has annoyed me, nor the plot holes. It’s the complete disregard that the writing has held for such an awful illness. The moral of the Sentry is no longer “overcoming adversity with faith and selfless action”, but rather “if you have a mental illness, you’re going to turn into a grotesque, psychotic demon”.   
 
End original blog.  
 
So we’ve just finished Siege #3, and it turns out the Sentry is the villain. I’m sorry, the Void, because in Bendisland, they occupy the same body. So there’s a big fight scene with the Marvel Heroes and the Void. The Void decides not to use its immense telepathic power, because that would be logical, and instead chooses to attack everyone, not killing any of them, mind you, with his super powerful tentacles of death. Then Loki does something with the Norn Stones and dies after what is actually a pretty solid examination of his character. Oh that’s right, that happened in Thor, not Siege. Oh well. So yeah, Loki’s dead, and despite causing all of this FOR TEH LULZ, we’re supposed to feel really bad about it. But enough of that crap, the Void isn’t done hitting everyone with non-lethal attacks. Except Loki, he got the lethal attack. Then a helicarrier crashes into the Void and this reverts it back to Bob, coz it works that way (no it doesn’t).  
 
So Bob begs Thor to kill him in a truly noble showing of self-sacrifice. Thor says “**** you, you mentally ill person, I want to watch you suffer”. Ok, that wasn’t verbatim, but that was the gist. Suddenly Bob turns into the Void again! OMG, I TOTALLY DIDN’T SEE THAT COMING! Oh wait, I have an IQ above 14, yes I did. So then Thor decides that he’s really mad at the Void for killing his brother, and wants to destroy it. Even though he just said he didn’t want to do that four seconds ago. Then he hits the Void, the being of infinite power that was capable of reforming itself after Molecule Man literally tore it apart on a Molecular level, with a hammer and a lightning bolt. Well, that’s just going to tick the Void off, why would you do that?  
 
Oh no. Wait. He’s dead. Well he’s gonna come back; that was the whole point of Dark Avengers, wasn’t it? Showing that Bob couldn’t die! 
 
Oh no, wait. He’s really dead. Huh?  
 
So yeah, Bob’s dead and the Marvel Heroes are all standing around wondering what the hell they were doing involved in a war that was handled by about five of them. Then the remaining HAMMER agents and the Dark Avengers are arrested… Wait, why are they being arrested? One assumes that they were unaware that Osborn was acting outside of the US Government’s orders, meaning they were manipulated and believed they were doing the right thing. So they’re being arrested because their boss was a psycho? That seems fair. And those HAMMER soldiers, yeah, they wont be able to go home and sing happy birthday to their kids, because apparently, they did the wrong thing by following the orders of their superiors. Those bastards.  
 
So Steve is promoted to Head of SHIELD due to his immense amount of experience in the field of running large scale organisations. What’s that? He has no experience? Shut up, this is a happy ending! 
 
Siege was promoted as being the culmination of eight years worth of Marvel events. Civil War, Secret Invasion, Dark Reign. Captain America revolted against the Government, friends became enemies, enemies became a badass bounty hunting team written by Warren Ellis, Iron Man became a tyrant who apparently embezzled billions of dollars of Government funds, Spider-Man’s family was shot due to the inability of the Pro-Reg forces to live up to their word, etc…  
 
But that’s ok, because none of that matters! We’re all friends again! Why are we friends again? Because that’s what Bendis wants! Hooray!  
 
Basically, Siege was terrible. Don’t read it.

Okay. That was the most entertaining read I've had in a long time. I don't even know what to say back to that, except that I'm also a Christian and I feel like I need to wipe the spit off my face from that whole 'Angel of Death' thing. And here was me thinking I might read Siege as I totally enjoyed the Dark Reign arc (mind you, I never read Dark Avengers). 
 
Props to you man for such an enthusiastic and, oddly enough, incredibly well supported blog post. So do you avoid all things Bendis like the plague now? Someone recommended I read Spider-Woman, which sort made me shrug.
#16 Edited by FadeToBlackBolt (23334 posts) - - Show Bio
@_Whisper_ said:

@FadeToBlackBolt said:

@Queen's Halo said:
@FadeToBlackBolt said:
Bendis should be imprisoned for life for committing Crimes Against Humanity. He is a War Criminal in the War Against Terrible Comics.  
Oh, we should add Bendis haters to the club.
Definitely.   Greatest. Club. Ever. 
What club is this we speak of? 
 
@Alurvelve said:
Though I dislike Joe Quesada more.
Spidey fanboy ;p
A Club QH and I invented. It's pretty epic ;)  
The title is too long for me to remember off the top of my head though. 
 
 
 
Fraaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaction O_O
#17 Posted by Whisper_ (3373 posts) - - Show Bio
@FadeToBlackBolt said:
@_Whisper_ said:
@FadeToBlackBolt said:
@Queen's Halo said:
@FadeToBlackBolt said:
Bendis should be imprisoned for life for committing Crimes Against Humanity. He is a War Criminal in the War Against Terrible Comics.  
Oh, we should add Bendis haters to the club.
Definitely.   Greatest. Club. Ever. 
What club is this we speak of? 
 
@Alurvelve said:
Though I dislike Joe Quesada more.
Spidey fanboy ;p
A Club QH and I invented. It's pretty epic ;)  The title is too long for me to remind off the top of my head though.    Fraaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaction O_O
Queue obligatory Fraction rant. 
#18 Posted by FadeToBlackBolt (23334 posts) - - Show Bio
@RainEffect: Thank you, I'm glad you enjoyed it ^__^  
 
I actually read the first few issues of his Avengers series, and after how terrible that was, I just gave up. When he was doing to Wonder Man what he did to the Sentry, I just said "enough".  
 
His Daredevil work was good, but he used up all of his ideas on that, everything he's written since has just been rehashing the ideas he used on DD. 
#19 Posted by RainEffect (3240 posts) - - Show Bio
@_Whisper_ said:
@FadeToBlackBolt said:
@_Whisper_ said:
@FadeToBlackBolt said:
@Queen's Halo said:
@FadeToBlackBolt said:
Bendis should be imprisoned for life for committing Crimes Against Humanity. He is a War Criminal in the War Against Terrible Comics.  
Oh, we should add Bendis haters to the club.
Definitely.   Greatest. Club. Ever. 
What club is this we speak of? 
 
@Alurvelve said:
Though I dislike Joe Quesada more.
Spidey fanboy ;p
A Club QH and I invented. It's pretty epic ;)  The title is too long for me to remind off the top of my head though.    Fraaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaction O_O
Queue obligatory Fraction rant. 
Don't get me started on Fraction. I already had a massive rant about what he did to Barnes in Fear Itself.
#20 Posted by Whisper_ (3373 posts) - - Show Bio
@RainEffect: I think I've ranted with you about that. And possibly Emma as well.  
 
<--DH. 
#21 Posted by RainEffect (3240 posts) - - Show Bio
@_Whisper_ said:
@RainEffect: I think I've ranted with you about that. And possibly Emma as well.   <--DH. 
Ah, then you are officially one of my best friends on this site. I don't know what pisses me off more, how he destroyed Brubaker's Bucky, or that he's ruined Black Widow's chances of happiness as well.
#22 Posted by InnerVenom123 (29332 posts) - - Show Bio
@_Whisper_: Shows her Invincible Iron Man and tries to compromise - is quickly slapped into the abyss of eternal torment for daring to compromise when it comes to Emma. 
#23 Posted by Whisper_ (3373 posts) - - Show Bio
@RainEffect said:
@_Whisper_ said:
@RainEffect: I think I've ranted with you about that. And possibly Emma as well.   <--DH. 
Ah, then you are officially one of my best friends on this site. I don't know what pisses me off more, how he destroyed Brubaker's Bucky, or that he's ruined Black Widow's chances of happiness as well.
Awwwwwwwww <3  
 
Fraction seems to do hasty death quite well -_____________- 
 
I'm still not quite convinced that Bucky's dead dead, though. That just seemed badly done even by Fraction standards.
#24 Posted by InnerVenom123 (29332 posts) - - Show Bio
@FadeToBlackBolt said:
@RainEffect: Thank you, I'm glad you enjoyed it ^__^   I actually read the first few issues of his Avengers series, and after how terrible that was, I just gave up. When he was doing to Wonder Man what he did to the Sentry, I just said "enough".   His Daredevil work was good, but he used up all of his ideas on that, everything he's written since has just been rehashing the ideas he used on DD. 
Tries not to cry when looking at the Moon Knight board. 
#25 Posted by Whisper_ (3373 posts) - - Show Bio
@InnerVenom123 said:
@_Whisper_: Shows her Invincible Iron Man and tries to compromise - is quickly slapped into the abyss of eternal torment for daring to compromise when it comes to Emma. 
Uses the edge of the cover to slit his throat. 
#26 Posted by InnerVenom123 (29332 posts) - - Show Bio
@_Whisper_ said:
@InnerVenom123 said:
@_Whisper_: Shows her Invincible Iron Man and tries to compromise - is quickly slapped into the abyss of eternal torment for daring to compromise when it comes to Emma. 
Uses the edge of the cover to slit his throat. 
But also hates how Bucky died as well, so is safe. =]
#27 Posted by FadeToBlackBolt (23334 posts) - - Show Bio
@InnerVenom123 said:
@FadeToBlackBolt said:
@RainEffect: Thank you, I'm glad you enjoyed it ^__^   I actually read the first few issues of his Avengers series, and after how terrible that was, I just gave up. When he was doing to Wonder Man what he did to the Sentry, I just said "enough".   His Daredevil work was good, but he used up all of his ideas on that, everything he's written since has just been rehashing the ideas he used on DD. 
Tries not to cry when looking at the Moon Knight board. 
(Pats shoulder) There, there. 
#28 Posted by entropy_aegis (13655 posts) - - Show Bio
@FadeToBlackBolt said:
@RainEffect said:
@FadeToBlackBolt said:
Bendis should be imprisoned for life for committing Crimes Against Humanity. He is a War Criminal in the War Against Terrible Comics.  
LOL. That is shortened to - CAHHIAWCITWATC. Yep, that should totally be legit. Hah! I've noticed your Bendis hate on previous topics, so I'd love to hear what causes such utter hatred. What character did he destroy that made you hate him?
I'll just repost my infamous Siege rant; 
 

First of all, let’s examine the lead up to Siege; Asgardian is attacked, stuff gets blown up, Norman Osborn wages war on Asgard. Let’s just take a moment to think about this. Norman Osborn, without the expressed permission of the President (I’ll explain why this is apparent later), declares war on a nation that hovers over US soil. Does no one else think this screams “BAD IDEA”!? And it’s not like you’re attacking Greenland here, this is Asgard, home of the gods. Gods. Plural. Osborn has been planning this with the curiously absent Cabal. Where the hell was Doom when all this was going on?  
“Huh, Asgard’s going to be destroyed, is there a chance anything interesting could be happening over there? It’s not like MY CONCURRENT STORYLINE HAS ME RESEARCHING ASGARDIAN PHYSIOLOGY” By definition, War implies casualties on both sides, otherwise it’s just an extermination. Ergo, dead Asgardians. So Norman and his team of Avengers decide to attack Asgard with HAMMER agents. Please keep in mind said agents are probably just regular enlisted men with homes and families, that becomes important later on. 

 
So, now that all this is going on, the Marvel Heroes decide that enough is enough. Norman Osborn has gone too far, as opposed to everything else he’s done this year which was just shy of “too far”. Suddenly Ares realises that the known psychopath and supervillain who threw an innocent young woman off a bridge and has secret meetings with Dictators and mobsters may in fact not be all that trustworthy, so he decides to rebel against the Dark Avengers. He is then promptly slaughtered by the Sentry.  
“Surely you mean the Void who has incapicated the Sentry?” Nope, I mean the Sentry. Bob Reynolds. He just killed Ares. Why? Don’t think about that, you idiot, Bendis sure didn’t. So now the Sentry, the Saint of the Marvel Universe, is a complete and utter nutbar. And by nutbar, I don’t mean mentally unstable, which is how he was written, I mean he has the maturity level of an eight year old and listens to a KNOWN PSYCHOPATH AND SUPERVILLAIN WHO THREW AN INNOCENT YOUNG WOMAN OFF A BRIDGE. But hey, it’s not like that young girl was the Sentry’s friend’s girlfriend. Oh wait. It was. But just remember, as far as Bendis is concerned, this all makes sense.  
 
So anyway, the Marvel heroes show up and there’s a bunch of fighting, I don’t really remember the specifics of said fight, as it was incredibly dull and forgettable. Anyway, Spidey punches Norman Osborn inside his Iron Patriot armor and the helmet flies off leaving Norman looking all green and sick. I think this was supposed to imply that the Goblin had taken over, but mostly it just looked like he vomited on himself inside his helmet. Anyway, Steve Rogers and the Marvel Heroes declare that Osborn is under arrest. Yep, because apparently they have the right to arrest people now. Why did they not do this beforehand? Like when Osborn was trying to steal a Cosmic Cube? Um, shut up, that’s why. So Norman Osborn is being arrested for… Wait, why’s he being arrested? This whole War seems to be sanctioned by the US Government. Wait? It’s not!? THEN WHY THE HELL WERE THE DARK AVENGERS AND THE HAMMER AGENTS FOLLOWING OSBORN!? When your boss says jump, and the Government says stand ****ing still or we’ll put you in prison, you stand ****ing still.  
 
Anyway, Norman goes ape**** at the concept of losing his position of power, so he tells the Sentry; greatest hero in the Marvel Universe, to trash Asgard. Why? Just coz. So then Bob does it, and boom! We are now staring at some kind of crab thing that looks like it was taken straight from a porn anime. So, what the hell is that thing? The Void? Huh? Since when did the Void look like that? Oh, it does now. Ok, that makes sense.  
 
I have already described why Dark Avengers#15 and Siege #3 were terrible in depth in a blog, but I’ll paste it here anyway. 
  
I enjoyed Bendis’ original run with the character back in New Avengers, and whilst it was nowhere near the quality of the Jenkins’ story, it was still thoroughly enjoyable. Then, came Dark Reign. Norman Osborn succeeds in manipulating the Sentry, Robert Reynolds and the Void; why is he able to do this? No idea. There is no explanation given. In Dark Avengers #5, Norman tells Robert “there is no Void”, and then asks for the Void’s help next issue. I know that Bendis is trying to illustrate just how evil Osborn is, but it comes off more as an insult to the intelligence of the reader. We know Osborn is evil. We know he is an insane, cruel and manipulative expletive. Gwen told us that 30 years ago.  
 
So, in order to tell us what we already know, Bendis spends the first 6 issues of Dark Avengers showcasing the Sentry as something of almost Spectre-level power, and all the while having him being controlled by Norman Osborn. Again, the question is why? Why would the Sentry follow Osborn? The Sentry is a universal force for good, his best friend is Reed Richards. He is a mentor to Spider-Man and a friend to the Hulk. For whatever reason, he forsakes these prior relationships (relationships he was willing to sacrifice his memory and legacy for), so he can work for Osborn. Again, the question is why?  
 
Nevertheless, I have a large amount of patience for comic books, even books with overwhelmingly large plotholes; and Mike Deodato Jr is one of my favourite artists, so I continued to look forward to Dark Avengers each issue.  
 
Then, the Molecule Man Arc. I don’t even need to explain what was wrong with this. How exactly does drinking a freaking serum give you molecular control of the environment around you? Answer, it doesn’t. The serum accelerated and temporally displaced Robert’s molecules, it did not give him a metaphysical reality alteration ability. Still, it could be worse? We all know that the Sentry is going to return to his status as a true hero at some point, atone for his sins, and all will be well.  
 
Dark Avengers #13 and #14 threw in some garbage about the connection between the Sentry and the Angel of Death of the Passover. So, that’s a nice slap to Jews and Christians everywhere (of which I am one) by suggesting their faith is actually just a physical manifestation of a schitzophrenic’s “dark” side.  
 
Still, I continued to persevere with the series, just waiting for Bob to shed this dominated weakling persona he gained for some bizarre unknowable reason; then Siege #3. In Dark Avengers #15, Bullseye kills the Sentry’s wife. Sentry becomes the void (of-bloody-course) and yells for a few pages. Then Osborn just tells him to chill….And he does. The most powerful human being on the planet is told by a world-renowned psycho (Bullseye) that his wife committed suicide. And he believes him. Now, on top of that being ludicrous in of itself, I’m reasonably certain that the Sentry has telepathy. Which, for some ungodly reason, he decides never to use when HE IS LIVING WITH A BUNCH OF CRIMINALS AND SADISTS. 
  
So, we’ve established that DA #15 frustrated me, but I still didn’t hate the issue that much. Bullseye’s interaction with Lindy was hauntingly wonderful to read. And then I read Siege #3. What the hell was that? The Sentry destroys Asgard on Osborn’s order, because Osborn has just had the holy hell beaten out of him by the good guys (took long enough), in an entirely unsatisfying manner. This is all after Thor and Sentry have had a mini-throwdown with Thor having a look of “holy $#%@” on his face the entire time. So, Sentry destroys Asgard and Norman starts whining about how he was the only one who could keep “him” in check. The heroes all stand around like a pack of morons, after all, it’s not like a floating city just got destroyed or anything, and then we see what Osborn was alluding to; the Sentry in fully voided-out-mode looking maniacal and menacing.  
 
And so the real villain of Siege was the Sentry, the greatest hero of the Marvel Universe (according to Jenkins’ original series, we all know Spidey is really the greatest in the MU). A truly incorruptible and selfless being is now the Big Bad. Everything that made the Sentry a joy to read, his fragility, his honor, his courage, his strength and his willingness to do what is right no matter what, is completely gone. This character, who I so loved for being psychologically scarred, has become just another nutcase. Bendis took a character with a severe mental illness that was treated with the utmost respect and understanding, and turned him into just another evil dude.  
 
The characterisation isn’t what has annoyed me, nor the plot holes. It’s the complete disregard that the writing has held for such an awful illness. The moral of the Sentry is no longer “overcoming adversity with faith and selfless action”, but rather “if you have a mental illness, you’re going to turn into a grotesque, psychotic demon”.   
 
End original blog.  
 
So we’ve just finished Siege #3, and it turns out the Sentry is the villain. I’m sorry, the Void, because in Bendisland, they occupy the same body. So there’s a big fight scene with the Marvel Heroes and the Void. The Void decides not to use its immense telepathic power, because that would be logical, and instead chooses to attack everyone, not killing any of them, mind you, with his super powerful tentacles of death. Then Loki does something with the Norn Stones and dies after what is actually a pretty solid examination of his character. Oh that’s right, that happened in Thor, not Siege. Oh well. So yeah, Loki’s dead, and despite causing all of this FOR TEH LULZ, we’re supposed to feel really bad about it. But enough of that crap, the Void isn’t done hitting everyone with non-lethal attacks. Except Loki, he got the lethal attack. Then a helicarrier crashes into the Void and this reverts it back to Bob, coz it works that way (no it doesn’t).  
 
So Bob begs Thor to kill him in a truly noble showing of self-sacrifice. Thor says “**** you, you mentally ill person, I want to watch you suffer”. Ok, that wasn’t verbatim, but that was the gist. Suddenly Bob turns into the Void again! OMG, I TOTALLY DIDN’T SEE THAT COMING! Oh wait, I have an IQ above 14, yes I did. So then Thor decides that he’s really mad at the Void for killing his brother, and wants to destroy it. Even though he just said he didn’t want to do that four seconds ago. Then he hits the Void, the being of infinite power that was capable of reforming itself after Molecule Man literally tore it apart on a Molecular level, with a hammer and a lightning bolt. Well, that’s just going to tick the Void off, why would you do that?  
 
Oh no. Wait. He’s dead. Well he’s gonna come back; that was the whole point of Dark Avengers, wasn’t it? Showing that Bob couldn’t die! 
 
Oh no, wait. He’s really dead. Huh?  
 
So yeah, Bob’s dead and the Marvel Heroes are all standing around wondering what the hell they were doing involved in a war that was handled by about five of them. Then the remaining HAMMER agents and the Dark Avengers are arrested… Wait, why are they being arrested? One assumes that they were unaware that Osborn was acting outside of the US Government’s orders, meaning they were manipulated and believed they were doing the right thing. So they’re being arrested because their boss was a psycho? That seems fair. And those HAMMER soldiers, yeah, they wont be able to go home and sing happy birthday to their kids, because apparently, they did the wrong thing by following the orders of their superiors. Those bastards.  
 
So Steve is promoted to Head of SHIELD due to his immense amount of experience in the field of running large scale organisations. What’s that? He has no experience? Shut up, this is a happy ending! 
 
Siege was promoted as being the culmination of eight years worth of Marvel events. Civil War, Secret Invasion, Dark Reign. Captain America revolted against the Government, friends became enemies, enemies became a badass bounty hunting team written by Warren Ellis, Iron Man became a tyrant who apparently embezzled billions of dollars of Government funds, Spider-Man’s family was shot due to the inability of the Pro-Reg forces to live up to their word, etc…  
 
But that’s ok, because none of that matters! We’re all friends again! Why are we friends again? Because that’s what Bendis wants! Hooray!  
 
Basically, Siege was terrible. Don’t read it.

EEK
#29 Posted by Backflip (2252 posts) - - Show Bio

I find I really.. And I mean really dislike Bendis' team books, and yet, his work on Solo titles always astound me as being fantastic. Case in point, Alias, is amongst my favourite titles ever.

#30 Posted by Vance Astro (90727 posts) - - Show Bio

Bendis is living proof that Marvel needs to spread around who writes their books.It seems like Marvel is almost scared that if Bendis (who seems to do very well sales wise) isn't the only one writing a bunch of their books then the company will implode.I'm sick and tired of hist writing in Avengers.I'm sick and tired of his arcs being the most important in the Marvel Universe.He's predictable to me now.If you had asked me back in 2006 how I felt about Bendis..I would have said, I'm a fan.Now I'm sick of him.He's nowhere near a favorite as far as writing now.I also feel like the decisions he makes as a writer starts rubbing off on other writers. (See. Brian Reed & Ed Brubaker)

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#31 Posted by daredevil21134 (9201 posts) - - Show Bio

As a hardcore Daredevil fan that has mostly read everything on Daredevil,I say his run was average at best

#32 Posted by Vision2.0 (114 posts) - - Show Bio

i dont mind his work to be honest :)

#33 Posted by Billy Batson (56979 posts) - - Show Bio

Man, Bendis is great.

BB

#34 Posted by RainEffect (3240 posts) - - Show Bio
@daredevil21134 said:
As a hardcore Daredevil fan that has mostly read everything on Daredevil,I say his run was average at best
No where near as epic as Brubaker's run. Man, the whole prison incident was intense.
#35 Posted by RainEffect (3240 posts) - - Show Bio
@Vance Astro said:
Bendis is living proof that Marvel needs to spread around who writes their books.It seems like Marvel is almost scared that if Bendis (who seems to do very well sales wise) isn't the only one writing a bunch of their books then the company will implode.I'm sick and tired of hist writing in Avengers.I'm sick and tired of his arcs being the most important in the Marvel Universe.He's predictable to me now.If you had asked me back in 2006 how I felt about Bendis..I would have said, I'm a fan.Now I'm sick of him.He's nowhere near a favorite as far as writing now.I also feel like the decisions he makes as a writer starts rubbing off on other writers. (See. Brian Reed & Ed Brubaker)
You just referenced two of my favourite writers. I'm surprised to find people who like Reed, the poor guy gets no recognition amongst the big names of Marvel. His run on Ms. Marvel was fantastic and is the only series where I own every volume.
#36 Posted by Jonny_Anonymous (27643 posts) - - Show Bio
@FadeToBlackBolt said:
@RainEffect said:
@FadeToBlackBolt said:
Bendis should be imprisoned for life for committing Crimes Against Humanity. He is a War Criminal in the War Against Terrible Comics.  
LOL. That is shortened to - CAHHIAWCITWATC. Yep, that should totally be legit. Hah! I've noticed your Bendis hate on previous topics, so I'd love to hear what causes such utter hatred. What character did he destroy that made you hate him?
I'll just repost my infamous Siege rant; 
 

First of all, let’s examine the lead up to Siege; Asgardian is attacked, stuff gets blown up, Norman Osborn wages war on Asgard. Let’s just take a moment to think about this. Norman Osborn, without the expressed permission of the President (I’ll explain why this is apparent later), declares war on a nation that hovers over US soil. Does no one else think this screams “BAD IDEA”!? And it’s not like you’re attacking Greenland here, this is Asgard, home of the gods. Gods. Plural. Osborn has been planning this with the curiously absent Cabal. Where the hell was Doom when all this was going on?  
“Huh, Asgard’s going to be destroyed, is there a chance anything interesting could be happening over there? It’s not like MY CONCURRENT STORYLINE HAS ME RESEARCHING ASGARDIAN PHYSIOLOGY” By definition, War implies casualties on both sides, otherwise it’s just an extermination. Ergo, dead Asgardians. So Norman and his team of Avengers decide to attack Asgard with HAMMER agents. Please keep in mind said agents are probably just regular enlisted men with homes and families, that becomes important later on. 

 
So, now that all this is going on, the Marvel Heroes decide that enough is enough. Norman Osborn has gone too far, as opposed to everything else he’s done this year which was just shy of “too far”. Suddenly Ares realises that the known psychopath and supervillain who threw an innocent young woman off a bridge and has secret meetings with Dictators and mobsters may in fact not be all that trustworthy, so he decides to rebel against the Dark Avengers. He is then promptly slaughtered by the Sentry.  
“Surely you mean the Void who has incapicated the Sentry?” Nope, I mean the Sentry. Bob Reynolds. He just killed Ares. Why? Don’t think about that, you idiot, Bendis sure didn’t. So now the Sentry, the Saint of the Marvel Universe, is a complete and utter nutbar. And by nutbar, I don’t mean mentally unstable, which is how he was written, I mean he has the maturity level of an eight year old and listens to a KNOWN PSYCHOPATH AND SUPERVILLAIN WHO THREW AN INNOCENT YOUNG WOMAN OFF A BRIDGE. But hey, it’s not like that young girl was the Sentry’s friend’s girlfriend. Oh wait. It was. But just remember, as far as Bendis is concerned, this all makes sense.  
 
So anyway, the Marvel heroes show up and there’s a bunch of fighting, I don’t really remember the specifics of said fight, as it was incredibly dull and forgettable. Anyway, Spidey punches Norman Osborn inside his Iron Patriot armor and the helmet flies off leaving Norman looking all green and sick. I think this was supposed to imply that the Goblin had taken over, but mostly it just looked like he vomited on himself inside his helmet. Anyway, Steve Rogers and the Marvel Heroes declare that Osborn is under arrest. Yep, because apparently they have the right to arrest people now. Why did they not do this beforehand? Like when Osborn was trying to steal a Cosmic Cube? Um, shut up, that’s why. So Norman Osborn is being arrested for… Wait, why’s he being arrested? This whole War seems to be sanctioned by the US Government. Wait? It’s not!? THEN WHY THE HELL WERE THE DARK AVENGERS AND THE HAMMER AGENTS FOLLOWING OSBORN!? When your boss says jump, and the Government says stand ****ing still or we’ll put you in prison, you stand ****ing still.  
 
Anyway, Norman goes ape**** at the concept of losing his position of power, so he tells the Sentry; greatest hero in the Marvel Universe, to trash Asgard. Why? Just coz. So then Bob does it, and boom! We are now staring at some kind of crab thing that looks like it was taken straight from a porn anime. So, what the hell is that thing? The Void? Huh? Since when did the Void look like that? Oh, it does now. Ok, that makes sense.  
 
I have already described why Dark Avengers#15 and Siege #3 were terrible in depth in a blog, but I’ll paste it here anyway. 
  
I enjoyed Bendis’ original run with the character back in New Avengers, and whilst it was nowhere near the quality of the Jenkins’ story, it was still thoroughly enjoyable. Then, came Dark Reign. Norman Osborn succeeds in manipulating the Sentry, Robert Reynolds and the Void; why is he able to do this? No idea. There is no explanation given. In Dark Avengers #5, Norman tells Robert “there is no Void”, and then asks for the Void’s help next issue. I know that Bendis is trying to illustrate just how evil Osborn is, but it comes off more as an insult to the intelligence of the reader. We know Osborn is evil. We know he is an insane, cruel and manipulative expletive. Gwen told us that 30 years ago.  
 
So, in order to tell us what we already know, Bendis spends the first 6 issues of Dark Avengers showcasing the Sentry as something of almost Spectre-level power, and all the while having him being controlled by Norman Osborn. Again, the question is why? Why would the Sentry follow Osborn? The Sentry is a universal force for good, his best friend is Reed Richards. He is a mentor to Spider-Man and a friend to the Hulk. For whatever reason, he forsakes these prior relationships (relationships he was willing to sacrifice his memory and legacy for), so he can work for Osborn. Again, the question is why?  
 
Nevertheless, I have a large amount of patience for comic books, even books with overwhelmingly large plotholes; and Mike Deodato Jr is one of my favourite artists, so I continued to look forward to Dark Avengers each issue.  
 
Then, the Molecule Man Arc. I don’t even need to explain what was wrong with this. How exactly does drinking a freaking serum give you molecular control of the environment around you? Answer, it doesn’t. The serum accelerated and temporally displaced Robert’s molecules, it did not give him a metaphysical reality alteration ability. Still, it could be worse? We all know that the Sentry is going to return to his status as a true hero at some point, atone for his sins, and all will be well.  
 
Dark Avengers #13 and #14 threw in some garbage about the connection between the Sentry and the Angel of Death of the Passover. So, that’s a nice slap to Jews and Christians everywhere (of which I am one) by suggesting their faith is actually just a physical manifestation of a schitzophrenic’s “dark” side.  
 
Still, I continued to persevere with the series, just waiting for Bob to shed this dominated weakling persona he gained for some bizarre unknowable reason; then Siege #3. In Dark Avengers #15, Bullseye kills the Sentry’s wife. Sentry becomes the void (of-bloody-course) and yells for a few pages. Then Osborn just tells him to chill….And he does. The most powerful human being on the planet is told by a world-renowned psycho (Bullseye) that his wife committed suicide. And he believes him. Now, on top of that being ludicrous in of itself, I’m reasonably certain that the Sentry has telepathy. Which, for some ungodly reason, he decides never to use when HE IS LIVING WITH A BUNCH OF CRIMINALS AND SADISTS. 
  
So, we’ve established that DA #15 frustrated me, but I still didn’t hate the issue that much. Bullseye’s interaction with Lindy was hauntingly wonderful to read. And then I read Siege #3. What the hell was that? The Sentry destroys Asgard on Osborn’s order, because Osborn has just had the holy hell beaten out of him by the good guys (took long enough), in an entirely unsatisfying manner. This is all after Thor and Sentry have had a mini-throwdown with Thor having a look of “holy $#%@” on his face the entire time. So, Sentry destroys Asgard and Norman starts whining about how he was the only one who could keep “him” in check. The heroes all stand around like a pack of morons, after all, it’s not like a floating city just got destroyed or anything, and then we see what Osborn was alluding to; the Sentry in fully voided-out-mode looking maniacal and menacing.  
 
And so the real villain of Siege was the Sentry, the greatest hero of the Marvel Universe (according to Jenkins’ original series, we all know Spidey is really the greatest in the MU). A truly incorruptible and selfless being is now the Big Bad. Everything that made the Sentry a joy to read, his fragility, his honor, his courage, his strength and his willingness to do what is right no matter what, is completely gone. This character, who I so loved for being psychologically scarred, has become just another nutcase. Bendis took a character with a severe mental illness that was treated with the utmost respect and understanding, and turned him into just another evil dude.  
 
The characterisation isn’t what has annoyed me, nor the plot holes. It’s the complete disregard that the writing has held for such an awful illness. The moral of the Sentry is no longer “overcoming adversity with faith and selfless action”, but rather “if you have a mental illness, you’re going to turn into a grotesque, psychotic demon”.   
 
End original blog.  
 
So we’ve just finished Siege #3, and it turns out the Sentry is the villain. I’m sorry, the Void, because in Bendisland, they occupy the same body. So there’s a big fight scene with the Marvel Heroes and the Void. The Void decides not to use its immense telepathic power, because that would be logical, and instead chooses to attack everyone, not killing any of them, mind you, with his super powerful tentacles of death. Then Loki does something with the Norn Stones and dies after what is actually a pretty solid examination of his character. Oh that’s right, that happened in Thor, not Siege. Oh well. So yeah, Loki’s dead, and despite causing all of this FOR TEH LULZ, we’re supposed to feel really bad about it. But enough of that crap, the Void isn’t done hitting everyone with non-lethal attacks. Except Loki, he got the lethal attack. Then a helicarrier crashes into the Void and this reverts it back to Bob, coz it works that way (no it doesn’t).  
 
So Bob begs Thor to kill him in a truly noble showing of self-sacrifice. Thor says “**** you, you mentally ill person, I want to watch you suffer”. Ok, that wasn’t verbatim, but that was the gist. Suddenly Bob turns into the Void again! OMG, I TOTALLY DIDN’T SEE THAT COMING! Oh wait, I have an IQ above 14, yes I did. So then Thor decides that he’s really mad at the Void for killing his brother, and wants to destroy it. Even though he just said he didn’t want to do that four seconds ago. Then he hits the Void, the being of infinite power that was capable of reforming itself after Molecule Man literally tore it apart on a Molecular level, with a hammer and a lightning bolt. Well, that’s just going to tick the Void off, why would you do that?  
 
Oh no. Wait. He’s dead. Well he’s gonna come back; that was the whole point of Dark Avengers, wasn’t it? Showing that Bob couldn’t die! 
 
Oh no, wait. He’s really dead. Huh?  
 
So yeah, Bob’s dead and the Marvel Heroes are all standing around wondering what the hell they were doing involved in a war that was handled by about five of them. Then the remaining HAMMER agents and the Dark Avengers are arrested… Wait, why are they being arrested? One assumes that they were unaware that Osborn was acting outside of the US Government’s orders, meaning they were manipulated and believed they were doing the right thing. So they’re being arrested because their boss was a psycho? That seems fair. And those HAMMER soldiers, yeah, they wont be able to go home and sing happy birthday to their kids, because apparently, they did the wrong thing by following the orders of their superiors. Those bastards.  
 
So Steve is promoted to Head of SHIELD due to his immense amount of experience in the field of running large scale organisations. What’s that? He has no experience? Shut up, this is a happy ending! 
 
Siege was promoted as being the culmination of eight years worth of Marvel events. Civil War, Secret Invasion, Dark Reign. Captain America revolted against the Government, friends became enemies, enemies became a badass bounty hunting team written by Warren Ellis, Iron Man became a tyrant who apparently embezzled billions of dollars of Government funds, Spider-Man’s family was shot due to the inability of the Pro-Reg forces to live up to their word, etc…  
 
But that’s ok, because none of that matters! We’re all friends again! Why are we friends again? Because that’s what Bendis wants! Hooray!  
 
Basically, Siege was terrible. Don’t read it.

I cant help but lol at reading this because it is 100% true
#37 Posted by ArtJoker (521 posts) - - Show Bio
@RainEffect said:
@daredevil21134 said:
As a hardcore Daredevil fan that has mostly read everything on Daredevil,I say his run was average at best
No where near as epic as Brubaker's run. Man, the whole prison incident was intense.
Agree, Imo Brubaker blew Bendis out of the water, only to have diggle ruin Brubaker's great set up with  Shadowland
#38 Posted by longbowhunter (5867 posts) - - Show Bio

I hate the fact that Bendis was handed the keys to the Marvel kingdom. I dont think he is a big idea man, but he's great at telling personal and intimate stories. His run on Daredevil and Powers are literally two of very favorite comics.

#39 Posted by TheGoldenOne (38849 posts) - - Show Bio
@Vance Astro said:
Bendis is living proof that Marvel needs to spread around who writes their books.It seems like Marvel is almost scared that if Bendis (who seems to do very well sales wise) isn't the only one writing a bunch of their books then the company will implode.I'm sick and tired of hist writing in Avengers.I'm sick and tired of his arcs being the most important in the Marvel Universe.He's predictable to me now.If you had asked me back in 2006 how I felt about Bendis..I would have said, I'm a fan.Now I'm sick of him.He's nowhere near a favorite as far as writing now.I also feel like the decisions he makes as a writer starts rubbing off on other writers. (See. Brian Reed & Ed Brubaker)
This^
#40 Posted by cattlebattle (12305 posts) - - Show Bio
@longbowhunter said:

I hate the fact that Bendis was handed the keys to the Marvel kingdom. I dont think he is a big idea man, but he's great at telling personal and intimate stories. His run on Daredevil and Powers are literally two of very favorite comics.

I agree with this, He is a talented man..... there is just certain characters he excels more with
#41 Posted by Enzeru (2954 posts) - - Show Bio

I hate Bendis for taking over Sentry, totally ruining him and then killing him off and during that and in the end talking shit about the character in the interviews.
That bold idiot needs to get fired.

#42 Posted by daredevil21134 (9201 posts) - - Show Bio
@Enzeru said:
I hate Bendis for taking over Sentry, totally ruining him and then killing him off and during that and in the end talking shit about the character in the interviews. That bold idiot needs to get fired.
agreed
#43 Posted by iLLituracy (13522 posts) - - Show Bio
@Billy Batson said:

Man, Bendis is great.

BB

#44 Posted by Duo_forbidden (1160 posts) - - Show Bio

Wow, didn't realize people had such a hatred for Bendis. I'll admit, Siege should have been better, and the New Avengers have been up and down, but some of his other works I enjoyed reading.

#45 Posted by ReVamp (22860 posts) - - Show Bio
@iLLituracy said:
@Billy Batson said:

Man, Bendis is great.

BB

You gotta love BB.
But seriously, Bendis was great when he was writing the Ultimate Universe.
#46 Posted by Deadcool (6809 posts) - - Show Bio

Most of the people love his Ultimate Spider-man, his Daredevil and currently his Moon Knight, and I like him, basically the people hate him for the PIS stuff and for me that is not bad, because I dond't read the comics because a continuity I read them, because I love to read about heroes, I like to read them because such stuff doesn't happens in the real life, for that reason I like Bendis, his heroes are way too heroic if he wants them like that, I have nothing against him, also because we are talking about comics, heroes ALWAYS come back, the crap that happens in a comicbook doesn't cares to anyone, I find kind of manchild to complain about a comic book...
#47 Edited by Vance Astro (90727 posts) - - Show Bio
@RainEffect said:

@Vance Astro said:

Bendis is living proof that Marvel needs to spread around who writes their books.It seems like Marvel is almost scared that if Bendis (who seems to do very well sales wise) isn't the only one writing a bunch of their books then the company will implode.I'm sick and tired of hist writing in Avengers.I'm sick and tired of his arcs being the most important in the Marvel Universe.He's predictable to me now.If you had asked me back in 2006 how I felt about Bendis..I would have said, I'm a fan.Now I'm sick of him.He's nowhere near a favorite as far as writing now.I also feel like the decisions he makes as a writer starts rubbing off on other writers. (See. Brian Reed & Ed Brubaker)
You just referenced two of my favourite writers. I'm surprised to find people who like Reed, the poor guy gets no recognition amongst the big names of Marvel. His run on Ms. Marvel was fantastic and is the only series where I own every volume.
I agree.Brian Reed's Ms.Marvel is one of my favorite runs on any comic.During Dark Reign though he wrote by far one of the worst arcs I have ever read for any character during an event.Even Moon Knight's Civil War tie-in wasn't as bad as War of the Marvels.Ms.Marvel vs. Moonstone is the biggest curbstomp they could have possibly pushed.I used to like Moonstone but Bendis completely destroyed her character and Reed finished her off.The issues where Karla was Ms.Marvel were completely pointless.They barely tied in to the over all scheme of Dark Reign.The whole "Carol might die, OMG SHE LOST HER POWERS stuff was just awful and predictable".
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#48 Posted by Billy Batson (56979 posts) - - Show Bio
@ReVamp:  

STILL IS. 

BB

#49 Posted by Vance Astro (90727 posts) - - Show Bio
@Deadcool said:
Most of the people love his Ultimate Spider-man, his Daredevil and currently his Moon Knight, and I like him, basically the people hate him for the PIS stuff and for me that is not bad, because I dond't read the comics because a continuity I read them, because I love to read about heroes, I like to read them because such stuff doesn't happens in the real life, for that reason I like Bendis, his heroes are way too heroic if he wants them like that, I have nothing against him, also because we are talking about comics, heroes ALWAYS come back, the crap that happens in a comicbook doesn't cares to anyone, I find kind of manchild to complain about a comic book...
I agreed with you until you said Moon Knight.His Moon Knight is a joke.
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#50 Posted by ReVamp (22860 posts) - - Show Bio
@Billy Batson: Never said the contrary. *But he really ain't though*

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