Excuse my possible ignorance in this, as I have only been into comics for the past 2 years, but in that time I have seen more hate for Brian Michael Bendis than any other writer. Having read alot of his New Avengers stuff and other things by him, my opinion of him is neutral. But I'm curious to know why everyone is so down on the guy and hates on everything with his name on it. Not that I agree or disagree, but I am just wondering about the deeper reasons behind the dislike of him, as usually I only see general comments about how awful he is without much explanation. If you guys could enlighten me, I would be grateful, thanks.
So...Why does everyone hate Bendis?
I like most of his stuff. I actually love the vast majority of his Avengers stuff, but then Scarlet Witch and Vision are two of my least favourite members, so I guess I never minded how he treated them:P I genuinely like his characterisation and dialogue (most of the time), so I don't really get the sheer amount of hatred, and I can see why Marvel has mostly ignored it, as his books still sell well.
That said, he shouldn't have been in charge of the Avengers for nearly as long as he has. He's not really great at epic stories, because he doesn't know how to end them. he tends to do a huge amount of build up, and then things kind of fizzle out, which manages to be disappointing every time.
He's far better when he can have control of less invasive series that don't get all tied up in other people continuity. Ultimate Spider-Man is outstanding, and has been for an insane number of issues, and I loved both Alias and Powers
there are, no doubt, a lot of people who disagree with me. Rather vehemently I imagine:)
Let's see, where do I start....
1.He made Luke Cage the worst leader in Avengers history, although he claims he loves the character.
2.He will put anyone on an Avengers roster, especially character he has particular interest in or characters he created. He doesn't think about how that ruins the team dynamic.
3.He brought Echo into the Avengerd..did NOTHING with her, had her absent for almost all of Secret Invasion,just to bring her back in a Moon Knight book and kill her off.
4.He doesn't do his homework. He writes things that are sometimes contradictory to what has already been established (example.Ms.Marvel's flight speed.)
5.Events. They are the worst thing about Marvel Comics right now and he orchestrates most of them.
Because he only needs to do 1 book, while they keep shoving him into 29
"No such thing as chaos magic" = someone else fixing your eff up before other writers have to re-write a characters entire origin starting with the "Chthon" blessing.
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