Ah man Perry, I was really looking forward to your next part!! Where you at?! :p
Sorry, watched football until midnight (lost my fantasy playoff by 6 points due to an amazing game by David Johnson
) and then woke up and decided I was going to go hit Star Wars. Just went by myself, no wife, no friends, just a solo trip on the spur of the moment. More on that later
But his endings wither and die likes roses in the fall, and that has just left me disappointed too often.
Again, I can totally see (and agree) that point. A lot of times, hell even a majority of the time.
However, I honestly think when he concentrates on just one or two characters, he plans so much better. Other than the most recent turn on Moon Knight (which Marvel butted in and forced a change ... it was suppose to be the Ultron story that failed so badly ... and then canceled the series) there is not a title featuring a solo or duo that he has not excelled. It's those damn group titles that trip him up. And sadly, it is even more blatantly bad when they start so well crafted, but those endings ... holy hell the endings !!!!
His Avengers run ... Doc Strange was horrible in that as the magical element Bendis started ended up going no-where. His X-Men Battle of the Atom ... okay story, but that ending? What did it change? Nothing. I didn't even try his Guardians the first time as I am just not a fan of Bendis' "team book" work (though I am trying this one, just to see)
But put him on a solo book ... or a book where it is just two characters, the man can bring it -
Alias - A great book from start to finish (I don't count The Pulse)
Sam and Twitch - The dark detective book fro me. A great piece of comic that is.
Ult Spidey - An enormous run and a great one to boot. It has its detractors, but it is Spidey from top to bottom
Daredevil - One of the pinnacle runs in comics. Fantastic. Truly and utterly great (although this one shouldn't count as he left the title for Brubaker but in a way Bru wanted.)
I really wanted him to do the Power Man and Iron Fist book. There is a new one coming out, but man, Bendis knows how to write Cage and he knows how to write buddy ... this is a dream title for me.
Okay, anyway ...
Call it the waxing of years, but sometimes I forgive the older comics for being bad.
As far as my Bendis hating, it wasn't designed in one moment and etched in stone for perpetuity. I obviously keep reading of his work. I am just continually disappointed by it.
This is the key. You're correct, but while that does happen, a lot, it is usually in team books that he has stayed too long on, I think. I mean, I think he gets lost in character voices when he has too many in the first place (IE: Everyone almost always ends up either sounding like Spidey with quips, Reed Richards with tech, a "powerful and strong willed woman" to show he believes in them, world dominating bad-guy or Wolverine with a bad attitude. Those are all his character voices. Almost every character when he does a team book
). However, I think he does well for a time ... it just goes all wonky on him I think ... everyone sounds like those 5 voices. Ultron, Woman, Spidey, Reed, Wolverine. That is his team.
But in his solo character books he does not have that issue. In a team book Dr. Strange could either sound like Spidey or Reed. But if Bendis writes Strange by himself, Strange sounds like Strange. It's fucking odd as hell.
But there are many other differing, particular to the issue/event itself, and personal tastes of how a story flows or is told that matters.
Man, I am tired and copying and pasting quotes is getting me all confused. I write badly enough now as it is, but now I am losing my train of thought before I can type it.
I have never minded Bendis "flow" or his pacing as to me it always seemed realistic as I have had friends that talk the exact way that Bendis writes.
"But ... I ... Really?"
"No lie. Really"
That is a Bendis dialog pattern.
He doesn't do it as much now, and I know people hated it, but I honestly had people that I know banter in that manner. Hell, I was one of them.
So that style or having panels that show a face and then another two or three that show the same face without change ... I loved that as well as it showed you the pacing he is using. Sometimes people say nothing and the flow has to be there. I liked that about Bendis. Others, not so much
But I may not read as fast as you. And your time between panels may not be the same as my time, so when we go from panel to panel, your sense of time may be tons different. I think using static images helps set that pacing. But hey ... Just my opinion.
HoM was boring. I bought the first 2, read the 3rd in store, and said I'd wait til issue 8 to see if anything happened. I read & bought #8, felt I didn't miss anything (I didn't feel lost, I hadn't kept up with prior events, nothing), and didn't feel it mattered all that much or told a very good story.
Boring? I guess I can see your point. I didn't think so, though I thought the Quicksilver tie-in and limited series was way better. House of M was "Okay" to me. It wasn't an event as much as ramifications of what had happened elsewhere though, so the "family" story maybe was a tad slow.
Secret Invasion bugs the shit out of me for allowing Norman Osborn to essentially win. I said at the time that it was nonsensical and unbelievable, but then I see Trump's comments and polling numbers, so now I don't think it was all that off base.
Secret Invasion just seemed too pat for bringing heroes back, excusing others, erasing stories. It wasn't awful, I guess, but nothing I really cared for (and I read all of this one).
Having Norman be allowed to do anything close to that is crazy. But is it that much more crazier than Lex for President?
But I also thought having Norman get away with all that and be a power was stupid, but THAT is not what Secret Invasion was about. The IDEA of Secret Invasion as an event is great. Skrulls have been on Earth fro a long time, in hero form at times and they are coming in force. The overall story was very good. There are parts that suck ass. Like using it as a way to bring Bobbi Morse back
Civil War was about writing properties completely out of character to create moments of shock and awe for big sales. Why it took Cap 7 issues to realize he's making war on friends and US citizens before turning himself in~which he would have done from the start!!!!~ is beyond me.
Civil War was written horrendously out of character by Millar, but the idea and story behind it ... man, come on, that is great. And, like a good event should, it had repercussions for years afterwards. THAT is an event. Yes characters voices were seriously bad, happens a lot sadly, but the even ... blew my socks off. I bitched and moaned about how "That is not what Cap would do" for months ... and then I look back and go ... "Wow, what a great story"
Understand, I'm typing this, but I don't want to give the impression that I'm drinking my Slurpee, eating cheetos, and pounding on my keyboard yelling WORST. COMIC. EVER!! and being all indignant and angry. Far from it. I just didn't like that stuff.
I get ya, my man
However, he has written one of my...top 25 comic issues, in New Avengers #26. Its the one where the Registration Act comes to take Luke Cage, and he says you can't make me leave my home. And it's a damned great issue.
The dude knows Cage (Damn I wish he'd write PM&IF !!!!)
Now, it makes it seem like all I've done is hate on Marvel for 15 years...and it does seem that way. From my POV, I've watched the 'Marvel Way' become something that doesn't include me. And that sucks. Because I do want to give them my money.
Eh, again, you're a DC guy. it happens.
But we can all agree that Fear Itself was awful. I think I quit all my titles at the time that had a tie-in to that event.
Piece of utter shit. Fractions worst work ever I think
Ugh Shadowland. Made me quit Daredevil for years. I still don't know how they undid that. Probably ignored it like all other fans did. That was f***ing awful!!!! Just terrible!!!!! I put that right there with "Peter Parker-you are the clone!!"