Jubilee wrote:It's not just death. Characters retiring are great! Stuff like that is well done, which is why I've talked for the last few years about how much I've loved Luke Cage (Hell I remember saying he's been the best character for the last decade)
But Bendis' Avengers run was hilarious in how little it mattered. Luke Cage aside hardly any characters changed and that is the problem with superhero comics.
If you picked up Avengers before Avengers: Disassembled and then picked up the new Avengers fuck all has changed. A few people have joined the roster. The last ten years of Avengers stories are completely pointless.
Your favorite run ever is New Teen Titans. Perez has said he simply could not write that book in todays climate. Does that not worry you?
first of all, let's be real...George ain't that skilled a writer anyway. he helped Marv bounce ideas around, yeah, but George didn't "write" the book then
and frankly, no it doesn't worry me, b/c i understand, appreciate, and like
the Big 2 business model. and tbh, i think George is talking a bit out of his ass. the only character arc you might struggle with today would be Wally's, but DC just tried to do the exact same thing with Bart roughly 5 years ago. the problem wasn't that the company couldn't or wouldn't do it...it's that they did it badly. but back to Marv & George, what they did has been redone time and time again. while NTT was/is great, and groundbreaking at its time, no major established character died. nobody left the team who didn't eventually come back (although it took Wally a while, and didn't come back permanently). Terra's death didn't matter b/c she was some big name character with years of history, it mattered b/c of how the story was told. she was introduced in NTT #28, stayed in the book through #44, then died in Annual #3 which came out that same month. she was a character introduced solely for that book, that storyline, existed for less than 2 years, then completed her one arc. damn near any writer could do that today just as Marv and George did, if they have the skill to make you care about the new character they introduce.
if you looked at NTT 1, and NTT 45, the only differences in the team were Robin had a new name and costume, Wally was "retired", Donna was engaged, and there was one new character, Jericho. that's really it. it wasn't the end results that made that run special, as you seem to think is the only thing of any import to a story, it was the craft and fun of the ride to get there.
so no, i don't believe George. i don't believe that good stories can't be, and aren't, told today. i just think you need to get better writers to try to do it.