Brian Bendis Wrapping Up His Avengers Run

According to this interview at CBR, there’s a big Norman Osborn story to be told in Avengers and New Avengers, and that 2012 will see the end of his work on Avengers.

Bendis has been leading the Marvel superteam, which will see an actual feature film released next year, since 2004, when no one even thought digital comics were a real thing. That’s eight years steering the mightiest of the mightiest, expanding from Avengers to New Avengers, then Mightiest Avengers, Dark Avengers, Avengers Assemble, and back to Avengers.

“I’m going to wrap up ‘Avengers’ and ‘New Avengers.’ At the same time the first storyline of ‘Avengers Assemble’ will be done,” Bendis told CBR. “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.”

In the article, they talk in great, great detail about what you can expect in the coming year from Avengers, Osborn, and H.A.M.M.E.R., but I wanted to take a moment to mark what a run this has been. New Avengers is specifically responsible for bringing me back to reading mainstream superhero comics after I’d almost stopped paying attention completely. He’s helmed the major creative direction of Marvel through Secret Invasion, Dark Reign, and The Siege. Prior to that, he provided some of the high points to the edges of Civil War. Is it a classic run? You bet it is. I don’t even remember what Marvel was like before Bendis. Is it time to walk away? That’s not for me to say, but he did, and I’m cool with that.



  1. He’s mentioning about how the FIRST arc on Avengers Assemble will be done around this time…is he stepping off of that as well, or is he just staying on that? Not sure which way to read that.

  2. 200 issues…wow.

    all good things and all that…wondering what’s he’s got planned next.

  3. I give it… 10 comments before TNC is doing a victory dance in this thread. 😛

    This is a pretty big deal though. It never dawned on me how many issues he racked up. There’s been times where it’s been a bumpy ride, but over 200 issues, there’s still plenty more good to be had than bad. This is going to be one of those runs that people talk about years later. Congrats to Bendis and all of his artistically talented comrades.

    • (unsolicited) response on TNC’s behalf:
      I appreciate Bendis’s talent, but i have no affection for his Avengers run. He’s taken a viable powerhouse team that could face any threat in the Marvel Universe and turned the most of them into nothing but “witty” one-liner delivery systems. His characterization of each character could be interchangable, there didn’t seem to have any consequential meat to the stories, but that’s just my opinion.
      Much luck to Bendis in the future.

  4. I’m really looking forward to seeing what the Avengers are like in a year.

  5. could this be the beginning of the end of Bendis at Marvel ???

  6. I’ve had an off and on relationship with Bendis’ New Avengers (And Mighty/Adjectiveless to a lesser extent). I loved the first volume the book, but jumped ship around Secret Invasion. This latest incarnation couldn’t gel with me, so I left it. It’s a great achievement. However, it probably is time to step away and get a new direction for the books.

    • @praxjarvin agree, almost exactly the same as my relationship with avengers & bendis. I wanna try the new vol avengers but that’s more for JRJR’s art

  7. Much like what Mark Waid has done with Daredevil, I hope the next person(s) to helm the Avengers has a different tone than Bendis. Not that I disliked what Bendis was doing, but after 200 Bendisian Avengers issues, I am ready for a different approach — whatever that might be.

    • I think that’s the perfect way to look at it. Whether someone enjoyed the Bendis Era or not, I think we’re all ready for something a little bit different. Daredevil is the perfect example of this. Things get stale, no matter how good they are (okay, Daredevil just got boring, derivative and weird with the whole Shadowland thing.)

      It’s an exciting time to be an Avengers fan. I’m sure there will be some growing pains with whoever the new writer is. I’m probably going to give them at least the first two arcs, since it will probably take at least an arc to distance themselves from what Bendis was doing and set up their own little paradigm.

  8. Wonder who will take his place.

  9. Bendis brought me back to single issue purchasing with his run on Alias. I think I’ll be moving on from single issues with Marvel once he’s off Avengers and switching to trades. Easily the most influential writer I’ve been around for.

  10. I jumped on board at avengers disassembled, and got involved in comics further from there (not just marvel or superheroes). Great run, sorry to see it end but look forward to new things.

  11. Reading Bendis and Johns, each at their respective companies has been a real blast. Great work on Avengers Mr. Bendis, onward and upward!

  12. This is the best comic news I’ve heard since DC announced the New 52 six months ago.

    I’ve loved certain projects Bendis has been on (Daredevil, the first 75 issues of Ultimate Spidey), but he’s really, really overstayed his welcome on the Avengers franchise.

    200 issues? On the one hand, that’s obviously impressive. On the other hand, it’s a little embarrassing. I can’t think of a writer who’s done LESS in 200 issues than Bendis has done on Avengers. There have been some good stories, but by and large the plotting was so decompressed, and often things felt like Bendis was just winging it and not really planning anything out. Random out-of-character moment after random five-page conversation about nothing. It often felt like Bendis was just writing whatever he could think of off the top of his head, and never rewriting or editing anything.

    It’s hard to argue that his overall run was well thought out. 200 issues and there were, what, like only seven or eight actual “stories”? We got how many dozens of issues in which the Red Hood was just doing…something, while the Avengers were sitting around reciting pointless dialogue that seemed like it was out of Seinfeld. And then there were the dozens of issues in which the Skrull thing was teased to death. Granted, I didn’t read all 200 issues, but I kept TRYING to like Bendis’s Avengers. I’d like it okay every time I tried it, but after a while I couldn’t help but notice that the overall story was moving at a snail’s pace, and the writing seemed very slapdash. On the other hand, I thought the first few stories in the latest Avengers relaunch were pretty good.

    Looking back on things, Bendis’s Avengers stuff in the 2000s reminds me a LOT of the X-titles in the ’90s. Some of it was okay but a lot of it was just spinning its wheels and collecting the high sales figures. The last I looked on the sales charts, though, the Avengers stuff has really been losing stream and is no longer Marvel’s top franchise (it’s X-Men, again).

    So a year from now, when this is over, let’s not act like Avengers only started slipping in the charts AFTER Bendis left. The franchise rose AND FELL under Bendis’s watch. And it’s arguable that the franchise really rose because of the inclusion of Wolverine and Spider-Man, not because of Bendis.

    • Obviously I meant “The Hood”, not the “Red Hood”.

    • That’s a pretty damn good analysis. Lack of long term planning, characters all sounding like Spiderman marked the last few years of Bendis’ Avengers. That’s why I want Hickman – he’s the anti Bendis.

    • For a while I’ve disagreed with your Bendis rants. I’ve came around over time and I think you nailed it with this one.

    • This is all true. I really enjoyed some of this run and think that Bendis is to thank for the Avengers being relevant again, but really, 200 issues makes it sound more substantial than it feels when you actually read it all. Too many cases where six issues would take place dealing with a single plot point or minor aspect. I must say that I am not excited for another Osborn storyline. That is one character that should have stayed dead (and yes, I mean Amazing Spider-man 122 dead)

    • @Froggulper: I haven’t been on the Bendis-Avengers train for long, but I’ve been on long enough to know you’re right on every level. At first I thought it was just me; I knew Bendis was popular, but after reading the first year of the relaunched Avengers title, I realized that this wasn’t the Avengers I was looking for, so I finally bounced.

  13. I’m curious where he goes next, to be honest. As much as I’d like to see him tackle something like the Fantastic Four, I wouldn’t want that corner of the universe taken away from Hickman. I’d like to see Bendis stick to single character books for a while. He’s done the big team thing for 200 issues. Maybe it’s time to take a step back and focus on a few single character titles.

    With his name attached, they might be able to reinvigorate Marvel’s B and C list characters, who have been taking a pretty heavy beating lately.

    • hit the nail on the head

    • Hopefully he just focuses on all the other things he’s already writing like Moon Knight and USM which have both been fantastic. Dude is an incredible talent, but was spread way too thin.

    • I feel bad not mentioning his creator owned stuff. I’m hoping that there’s more to come from Scarlet. I fell head over heels for the first issue, but the rest of the series didn’t live up to my expectations. The end of the first volume was at least left at an interesting enough place where I’m willing to give it another shot. I see Scarlet as an experiment in a way. Even if it wasn’t a home run, Bendis was DEFINITELY swinging for the fences.

    • I agree completely as well. Hopefully he’ll continue with Moon Knight and finally deliver that Alias miniseries that was promised years and years ago. I’ve enjoyed him as a writer a whole lot but I do agree that he works much better on the smaller books like USM and Alias. I think he just gets too wrapped up in giving every character something to say that the issues tend to go nowhere. He should just bring back Gaydos and pick up Alias where it left off. It would be a great companion title to Moon Knight in their “Big Shots” corner of the universe.

  14. Bendis’ Avengers run didn’t get me back into comics, but it sure as hell kept me hooked in. Yeah, there have been some high and lows. Yeah, there are some points that I’d like to forget (Secret Invasion). However, the highs really outweigh the lows in terms of great character moments (he made me a Luke Cage fan for life) and fun & well written arcs (Breakout, Siege, all of the NEW New Avergers issues, the Acuna-drawn Avengers issues so far). Hell, I’ve even grown to enjoy Dark Avengers after initially disliking it.

    I figured this day would come, though. Even though Bendis brought a great voice to the Avengers, it was indeed the biggest and most predominant voice for many years. I enjoy a good title regenesis as much as the next guy, so I hope whoever comes after him not only brings a unique voice to the franchise, but a fun one as well.

  15. I would be annoyed as hell if Marvel gives the reins to Matt Fraction. If Marvel’s smart they give it to Jeff Parker. That dude knows what he’s doing.

    • I’m not sure why I didn’t think of Jeff Parker. That’s a hell of a choice.

    • what about Brian Reed or Mike Carey, those are my 2nd and 3rd choices in that order

    • If Santa existed, I’d ask him for that for Christmas.

      That’s a great point though. I’d love it if Marvel pulled an audible and gave it to someone with a great mix of imagination and crazy like Parker or Van Lente, despite them not being in the upper echelon. There are some incredibly great writers at Marvel who truly deserve this spotlight.

    • @comicbookchris. If not Parker, I would love to see the Incredible Hercules team: Greg Pak and Fred Van Lente write the titles.

    • Definitely in agreement about Parker.

    • Greg Pak and Fred Van Lente need to get let loos in the Avengers corner, even if it’s just for 1 story arc.

      Curious to see if both New and Adjectiveless stick around or if there will be more renamings and renumberings. If there are still multiple Avengers titles, I’d love to see Pak and Van Lente get a hold of one of them and Parker get the other. If there’s a third (I’m blanking on the whole line right now) they should give it to Gillen. (I won’t stop beating that drum.)

    • I would LOVE to see another Parker/Hardman team-up. I was a big fan of the Agents of Atlas books.

  16. maybe Bendis is off Avenger books bc he’s going to write a book coming out of whatever this Phoenix thing is all about?

    • You mean Avengers vs X-Men?

    • Sure. Wait is that going to be a thing? I’m not that “in the know” I just think whatever Marvel’s doing with bringing Jean back is going to be on a much bigger scale (not just another Event) than we think. They have to answer back with a swing against what DC did with the new 52.

    • Avengers vs X-Men is a 12 issue bi weekly event next year. It is most definitely a thing. And will most likely be the event that brings Jean back in some form or other.

  17. If marvel is smart they will put DNA, slott, or parker on the avengers. DNA would bring it!

    • I could get behind (and not in the “hello how are ya” way) DNA on the Avengers……….don’t see Marvel doing this sadly

    • Did i mention that this news is the best news i have heard all year. I have been waiting for this announcement somewhere around the time the hood was up to some something for the 30th time.

    • who is DNA?

    • Dan abnett and andy lanning. Nova, guardians of the galaxy, resurrection man, new mutants, legion lost, thanos imperative, war of kings, annihilation conquest. I highly recommend any of their marvel cosmic books.

    • oh okay. can’t speak to their cosmic stuff, but they have absolutely ruined New Mutants. They have no idea how to write these characters. Didn’t mean to hate on them, their ResMan is entertaining but what they did to NM is still a little raw on me.

  18. I was severely turned off by Disassembled, but popped back into the various series regularly because the Avengers is my favourite Marvel team and I wanted to like the books. And sometimes I did, but generally the Brian Bendis approach wasn’t for me. Still, he seems a good chap, sold lots of comics and has even undone some of the Disassembled mess (Clint, Vision), so best of luck to him.

    I’ll fifteenth the call for the likes of Parker, Pak, Slott, Van Lente and Gillen. My number one choice right now would be Christos Gage, whose Avengers Academy feels like a ‘proper’ Avengers comic.

  19. I’m glad Bendis realized it was time. I’ve read and enjoyed a TON of Bendvengers from his various Bendvenger books over the years, but it started to get stale for me after Siege. He had been writing for a LONG time though, and we’ve done a lot of growing up while he was on Avengers. In that time my taste changed. I’d had my fill. It really is a classic run that’ll be remembered, all things considered. I’m excited to see what this’ll mean for the Avengers and for Bendis.

  20. That is quite a long run. A Bendis comic got me reading comics again as well after I read about House of M online and picked up the trade that had just been released. I started reading monthlies at that time and haven’t stopped since.

    My tastes developed and changed as I read more and more comics and after a couple years I grew tired of Bendis’ style of Avengers and his comics in general. But he certainly wins the distance race and its cool for fans to have the same creative force on a series for so long.

    For the first time in a while I’m curious to see where the Avengers series will end up.

  21. Would love to see Bendis move on to something new. Then maybe I could get back to reading the Avengers.

  22. One of the architects will have to take over won’t they? It won’t be Aaron or Fraction since they have X-men and Defenders and the Avengers are too close to the Ultimates for Hickman to take over … they may not even know themselves at this point. They’re probably seeking pitches

  23. I didn’t read much of Bendis’ Avengers, but I gotta play “What If?” for a second.

    “What if Bendis didn’t take over the Avengers in 2004?”

    I don’t think we’d all have a big-budget Avengers film to look forward to this summer, for one.

    • disagree. I think the Avengers flick is based primarily on Iron Man’s success and mostly on Robert Downy Jr. charisma that showed comic movies had the potential to reach a large base audience. With its success and the landing of big names for the following flicks i think avengers was a green light long ago, despite who is writing the actual source material.

    • @nightwalker: yup

    • @nightwalker: I agree with everything you say, but I believe Bendis was part of the Marvel Creative Committee that were regularly consulted during Iron Man, and he’s definitely had a role (on the same committee) for Thor and Captain America. I’m not saying he had much direct impact on the final films, but he was involved enough to get a thanks in the credits of each of those films, so someone appreciated his input. And he certainly raised the profile of the Avengers franchise in the comics world — I’m not sure all those movies would have been green lit if those characters weren’t also in a chart-topping comic book.

      Again, I’m not giving Bendis sole credit for all the Marvel movie successes, but I think his work on the Avengers books is among several things that have helped make it happen.

  24. I’ve enjoyed his tenure, and look forward to this property maintaining a high standard after his departure.

    Thanks, Bendis. Good times.

    Let the rampant speculation continue…

  25. I never cared about the Avengers until Bendis. I didn’t care about a LOT of characters until Bendis got his hands on them. I can’t wait to see what he’ll be tackling NEXT!

  26. Elevator music. That’s what nailed it. I never read the Avengers, but caught Disassembled because I heard people talking about it. Then I read a few issues of New Avengers, but, eh, stopped. Then I was checking out the shelves one day and ran across New Avengers #12. Cool cover so I opened it up – to Luke Cage in an elevator. I flipped back to discover he and a dozen ninjas were thrown out of the top of Avengers Tower, so I went back to the elevator scene. One page. Four panels. Luke standing there getting ready to get back into the fight as the elevator went up. And while he waited as the elevator rose, “Ain’t Nothing Gonna Break My Stride” was playing in the background. That little touch. That quiet elevator ride that could have been completely ignored as a story element in the scheme of things. But no, it was in there, and it made all the difference to the story and to my enjoyment of a book I never considered reading before. I was hooked and followed it up to a few months ago (NewDCU). Like any dynasty, it had its good and bad, but bravo man. Thanks for the elevator scene.

    • Im right there with you! That page is one of the first things I thought back to as I read this news. It was a brilliant touch and hooked me in for more.

  27. I barely ever read an Avengers comic before Bendis, but I’ve read it ever since. Because of Bendis’ Avengers, I also started reading Captain America, Iron Man, Thor, Moon Knight, Hawkeye, Young Avengers, Hulk, Spider-Woman, and plenty more characters and series I really never gave a second thought before hand. Which led me to discovering a ton of other writers and artists I’ve come to love as a by-product.

    Before Bendis’ Avengers, I loved Spider-man. I loved the X-men. I loved the Fantastic Four, But Bendis’ Avengers is what me made me love Marvel as a whole. As being more than the sum of it’s parts.

    Thanks Bendis.

  28. I’m not trying to be the funny man about this, but I’ve not like/ enjoyed Bendis since Powers. However, Moon Knight is a good read so far.

  29. This makes me as teary eyed as The Sentry.

  30. Cheers to Bendis for his incredible run. I’m actually glad to hear that he’ll be moving on to other things, and that Avengers will get a breath of fresh air with a new creative team.

  31. Thank God

  32. Bendis is one of the reasons i got back into reading comics. I was never a avenger fan until now and i have thoroughly enjoyed his run. I cant wait too see who takes over and where the avengers go from there. Thank you Bendis providing me with memorable stories.

  33. Looks like I might be picking it up again.

  34. Bendis is certainly an original, although I find that his style can become cloying. Sometimes his dialogue is witty and character revealing, sometimes it descends into mere blabbering to fill in space. Marvel has a deep bench of writing talent, and I’m interested to see what some other writers can do with the Avengers. Imagine the team written by Van Lente, Remender, Spencer, Fraction or Waid. There are many possibilities for entertaining stories.

  35. Will we finally know what’s/who’s behind the closet?

  36. I’m bummed he is leaving New Avengers . . .

  37. I got nothing bad to say about Bendis whatsoever. He’s a great writer, and has done a ton for the Avengers line of books. It’s really impressive all that he has brought to the series over the years.

    That said, all good things come to an end. And I think now is the right time. Someone earlier in this thread mentioned Daredevil as a good example of a book that was great, but reached it’s course. And just look how refreshing and exciting the new Daredevil book is. I’ve been saying the exact same thing about Green Lantern. Johns has done amazing work with the title over the years. But after a while, you just can’t keep the same take a keep it fresh. That’s where I think we are with Bendis’ Avengers. I think BMB knows this as well, and is making a very smart decision.

    I’ll echo some of the above suggested future Avengers writers. Jeff Parker would be awesome. So would Van Lente and Pak, Abnett and Lanning, or Rick Remender. I’m all for giving a more up and coming writer the shot as opposed to one of the current “architects”. For the most part, the big writers at Marvel got their own slates full. And we’ve all grown somewhat accustomed to their types of books. I think there’s a lot to be gained by giving a creative team who has yet to get a shot at the big time this line of books. If it was me, I’d go with Jeff Parker. He’s been awesome on Thunderbolts. He gets how to do a team book. Same with Remender, but I feel he’s got a good set of titles with Uncanny X-Force, Venom, and Secret Avengers.

    But in closing, thanks Bendis for over 200 compelling stories. Some people complain about the talkiness of his superhero books. But I enjoy that sort of thing. Now is the right time for him to bow out. I look forward to the new direction of the books, as well as Bendis’ other books like USM and Moon Knight. And hopefully a new Jessica Jones title. 😉

  38. thrilled–now i can read avengers again!

  39. that’s a bit of bittersweet news. Bendis wrote some extremely, EXTREMELY good Avenger stories and some “meh” stories in the last 8 years.

    I think back to Breakout and can’t think of a better example of superhero comics.

    I’m looking forward to the next act now

  40. I used to love Bendis, totally loved Powers, but now I think of him as the first guy whose Marvel comics went to 3.99 and led me to eventually dropping the entire line. And I used to really love his stuff.

  41. Avengers Disassembled brought me back to comics after a 30 year absence. Thank you Mr. Bendis!

  42. Yep. Originally a huge Bendis supporter, I grew tired of his style and dropped his Avengers titles. I look forward to a totally new direction. Limit the snarky comedy, story lines with more depth…..JONATHAN HICKMAN PLEASE!

  43. I take my hat off to this good man. An epic run, in which a creator told and incredibly nuanced, years long story. An amazing achievement…

    And yet, I am excited to see what a new writer will do. Dan Slott’s run on Mighty was a breath of fresh air, and I’m super excited for another.

  44. I’m sure people are expecting that I’m going to start playing ‘Ding Dong, The Wicked Witch is Dead’, break dance, and post it on the YouTube. But I’m not going to do that, I’m going to try and be….sensible. (gasp)

    When i first got into comics, Bendis immediately got my attention. Ultimate Spider-Man, the Original ‘New’ Avengers, House of M; you name it and I enjoyed it. But then he immediately slammed to a halt once Secret Invasion came it. Not only was the quality dipping with him writing, what felt like anyways, every book for Marvel. But you could see his flaws immediately, even more so, once this event was over. His care at plots didn’t seem to matter and he was endless repeating himself. (His final Avengers story is about Norman Osborn for god sakes) His take on characters became so bland that they all read the same. A Spider-Man who quips a lot is fine, but when Captain America is doing it for 22 straight pages then that’s a problem. Then I just became bored of his work and decide to give up. I tried to hard to come back in every new arc of his books, but I just couldn’t bare myself to do it.

    But hey, he has had an incredible run and 200 total issues of the Avengers is a feat you can’t question. You can question the quality, but not the sheer determination the guy had as a writer. Hopefully with him dialing everything back down to only 1-3 Marvel books he can become a better writer.

    So who should take his place? Well it’s quite obvious and everyone has said his name already:

    Jeff Parker.

    Think about it. He written for Hulk, Captain America, Luke Cage, Spider-Man, and a hell of a lot of other ‘A’ list characters. That and he has consistently written ‘the’ best team book on the stands right now with Thunderbolts. Sure he isn’t an ‘architect’ but if you’ve read enough of his work then you know that he is a no-brainer to write what should be the crown jewel of the Marvel line. Add in some Declan Shalvey and you got a damn good title on your hands.

    • If that isn’t you posting a smug response to this news, i wonder with dread what you think a genuinely spiteful comment would be

  45. Wow. Nice run, man! Bravo. It’s been great…hard for me to imagine anyone else on the book. I’ve been here along during his run! That was the first time I’ve really read any Avengers.

  46. I would love for each title to have its own writer and to exist independently. I feel too many of these titles just blur together since they all share bases and members. Make them more distinct. Bring back some classic characters and give us things like West Coast Avengers again. Great run and all, but it is time for a change. Bendis did a helluva job with the books and now it’s time to move on.

  47. YES!!!! HE”S LEAVING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! FINALLY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  48. but………………..but……………….what about Ultron 🙁

    • Him and Brian Hitch supposedly have something coming that should wrap all that up. At least they did. I have no clue on that series current status.

    • I’m sure it’s all part of his final arcs. Bendis is known for writing waaaaaay ahead of schedule, so I think it’ll be late summer before we see the last of his Avengers work (and maybe even later if Ultimate Bryan Hitch shows up).

  49. Between this, and x men vs avengers, I might start picking up some avengers books when its all said & done.

  50. Wow, this surprises me. Hasn’t Bendis been running from podcast to podcast saying he’s continuing AVENGERS for a good long time? Oh well. Sunrise, sunset…

    But count me in as someone who has read and loved Bendis’ entire run on AVENGERS. He is a wonderful writer, and I love how he has navigated and explored this franchise, giving me many, many hours of entertainment. He will be missed, but I am sure Marvel will hand the baton to other capable writers…

  51. I like BMB in his own words on it being a good time to go up above and like the “countdown mode” and hope he goes out w a bang, Avengers Assemble kicks ass, kills off Norman Osborn and sets the bar high.

  52. I’m pretty happy to hear this news. I think Bendis kind of overstayed on avengers. When he first took over, I loved it. It was a fresh take on the team and breathed some new life into a sagging title. For a while, it was really, really good. But once secret Invasion started, he lost me. I kept reading for a while, then just realized i wasn’t enjoying it at all, and dropped it. I tried to get back on a couple times, most recently when the relaunch of the line happened, but i still just wasn’t what i want out of an Avengers title.

    The only Avengers book I have enjoyed over the last few years is Dan Slott’s Mighty Avengers run, which was sadly far too short. I would love to see either Dan slott or peter David take over on Avengers, but I doubt that will actually happen.

  53. A lot of people are saying Jeff Parker should take over a big Avengers book but I’m not so sure about that. I love a more obscure team and Parker is one of the best at taking some minor and seemingly random characters and making a great team out of them. I’ve heard him say in an interview before that he gravitates to those kinds of characters himself (Agents of Atlas, Thunderbolts). Now, I would certainly read a Jeff Parker Avengers book but I have much less interest in it.

  54. I jumped back on Marvel’s wagon with the Heroic Age reboot. The first Avengers & New Avengers arcs left me cold, but both titles slowly started to grow on me. Now I’m enjoying them a lot and art-wise I’m loving Acuna. I hope Bendis isn’t dropping Moon Knight & Ultimate Spidey too ’cause he’s doing them right.

  55. Thank you Lord.

  56. I was gonna drop The Avengers, but then I heard about their next event and I couldn’t allow myself to miss the lead up to it. Also I’m not a big fan of this new lineup of members. I would start reading the New Avengers, but I’ll wait till they have one of their “jumping on points”.

  57. I’ve loved this epic run, but I am very excited to see where else he can flex his considerable writing muscles!

    The element I will miss the most is how he writes Spider-Man’s interaction with the other character, which is pitch perfect.

  58. Its been a great ride by far my fave run,on,a book,since claremonts xmen I hope hickman is next in,line for avengers or remender

  59. I recently dropped Bendis’s Avengers books. I was a bit fatigued on the voice he gave the team. But when I feel critical of Bendis I don’t do so in a way that compares him to other writers in his field. I only compare Bendis to Bendis. The only other writer I can think of where I do that is probably Garth Ennis. I mean that as a compliment.

    I’ve enjoyed many aspects of Bendis’s works. I was pleased when he made Osborn an A list villain because Norman was always a favorite character of mine. I applaud Bendis’s instincts to leave the Avengers title. I’m excited to see where the Avengers will go from there, as well as what Bendis is going to do next. Whatever Bendis does, I hope it’s a solo book. He’s much more consistent when he can focus onto a single character.

    Off course I will probably end up buying Bendis’s final Avengers arcs in trade down the road. Nerd Completist Compulsion. (NCC)