Dear Avengers #1,
I am a self proclaimed Bendis hater, you could even go so far as to call me a newsarama dick bag since my dislike of bendis really started with Avengers dissembled I could now say that I’ve seen his grand scheme for the avengers come full circle. Under Bendis we’ve now seen 3 avengers books start and 4 avengers books end. And now a new beginning for the avengers so this will be avengers book number 4 for bendis to start…oh with another on the way and Brubakers Secret Avengers coming in so really we’re seeing just more of the same. Sorry for the tangents but where is the end of Dark Avengers Bullseye or is that just going to be a casualty of the siege? Any way back to the task at hand. We’ve seen Bendis tear the Avenges apart to bring them back together to tear them apart to finally bring them back together again, how long will it last this time? This is my very serious question when it comes to this book and this story, How long will the fun last for the avengers?
But really we need to make this more about the book then anything else, Avengers #1 why does your tone change so many times? That’s where my biggest problem comes in. We see immortus and kang two different characters who are very much the same and in this comic really appear to be the same person in two different section since immortus leaves the future to run away from the next avengers(an incredibly stupid thing to just throw in) and he comes back to the past as kang to interrupt the avengers banquet. The interaction at the banquet were stone cold. Almost disjointed to the point where I kept feeling out of place. Thor doesn’t know who bucky is? OMG LOL! PUT A BULLET IN MY FUCKING BRAIN PLEASE! These aren’t clever moments these are moments where I groan because you’re not telling a story, you’re just pandering to the mouth breathers at this point. I’ve also grown to completely dislike the way Bendis writes an adult spiderman. I amost expect him to have peter start saying “kewl” and actually convinicing the letterer to write “Kewl” in the speech bubbles. But he’s being written like what a high schooler would say to you if you asked him, “Hey, what do the young people talk like?” it’s bad practice. The entire interchange with Hawkeye is what killed this comic for me. I’m sure I would be even angrier if they had stretched this decision into a one shot, think of it, Clint sitting downtown on a bench staring out at the statue of liberty and then the sun rises and he’s made his mind up. I’m going to be hawkeye again. It was dumb. The best part of this issue was the double page spread with everyone reacting to Steve’s call to be an avenger after that the story all went to crap. It’s convoluted shoved together and like I’ve already said very badly dialogued. But Bendis isn’t alone in this drek.
I’m usually a fan of JrJr. His latest style that he’s been cultivating since DD the man without fear may have finally reached it’s end as the worst thing I’ve seen him put out. People are blocky (blockeir than usual). Many people have already said how ugly the women are but I don’t think it’s really a fair shake, The man once drew this,
a normal looking Mary Jane and now he give you this?
It all crap from JrJr this time around. It’s just not fair for him to have to get blockier and blockier when he was so good. While flipping through the issue I just scanned to have an image of Steve Rogers and he looks like a normal person with out a Ringo Starr hair cut and weird blockyness that JrJr is doing these days.
I don’t even think it’s the inking because things still looked good on World War Hulk. But you have ugly characters and ugly story telling.
And then we reach the end. Kang is “vanquashed” sort of….he escapes to another time and we see what we fanboys have to assume is Maestro…Bendis has not put a single original idea in this comic. We have a shitty marvel animated throw away and a Peter David prestige story character. The man steering the house of ideas has one major problem, he has no ideas. Am I supposed to quiver at seeing this character? Oh I wonder if the Avengers and their new team mate who we don’t know yet will be able to hunt down Kang or Immortus…maybe Iron Lad will show up next. I know I wont be there for it. In closing I just want to say having reread ASM #50/491 that is one great one in done issue. Just a really great fun comic. Why couldn’t this have been like that.
3 for a serving comic that ultimately just spoon fed bendisites and nothing more.
Also I crushed Punchy’s word count.