NEW AVENGERS #9
What did the
Art by Mike Deodato & Howard Chaykin
Colors by Rain Beredo & Edgar Delgado
Cover by Mike Deodato & Rain Beredo
That fairly well sums up my feeling about these characters when they’re in the New Avengers. Don’t care about them. Don’t care about their witty banter. Don’t care when they get shot, blown up or otherwise disassembled. It’s like a bad episode of Seinfeld, except with world threatening menaces that I also don’t care about.
Avengers Prime, for my money, represents Bendis at his best when writing the Avengers. I cared about the big 3 a little then. That was good. Not great, but good. And even there, the action never quite meshed with the dialogue. Indeed, it never does.
I’m not sure if it’s a personal issue with Bendis’s style, or if there is a real storytelling flaw. It’s all too clever by half and never resonates. And while he writes great sitting around the table scenes, I’ve still never connected with the characters. And every time we have big action sequnces or dire threats, the drama isn’t there. This is not the fault of the artists; its in the pacing of the plotting and storytelling itself.
It’s not long plots that take time to unwind. I’ve loved Hickman’s FF as well as Bru’s Cap. Nor is it smart banter and taking time character development stories: Peter David is a master of this and I never tire of it. And Heinburg’s Young Avengers is pure gold. But for some reason, after years of reading Bendis’s Avengers, nothing satisfies, nothing connects.
Don’t care. Dropping. Took me way too long to do so. I’m out.
Art: 3 - Good