You're massively underestimating the power of editorial. They ran over 1/2 of their major events over the last few years through the Avengers.
Bozo the clown could have written it and it'd still be Marvel's top book.
That may be true, but it just strikes me as odd that the only negativity I ever hear about the book and Bendis is online, for the most part.
It's a vocal minority, IMO.
I mean, maybe I'm biased.. I like Bendis. His Avengers may not have always been good, and the lows (like right now) were really bad.. but it was a good run overall.
The whole argument against it is that people are mad that he took their "Old Avengers" away from them and brought in Spider-Man and Wolverine, and whatever.. it's an old and tired argument, and at this point, we're.. what.. 7 years in?
This is the Avengers now, IMO.
Bendis or no Bendis, it's the new formula. Big name characters, and big plots that sell lots and lots of issues.