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Ben H

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Ironguy

Subj: Yeah, that was the most siginificant problem with New Avengers...
Posted: Thu May 10, 2007 at 01:38:53 pm EDT
Reply Subj: Love it or hate it...
Posted: Wed May 09, 2007 at 11:57:59 pm EDT

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...as far as who is on the team...Bendis hasn't done anything differently than Stan..who wiped the entire original team after 16 issues.

I object more to the loss of story and character more than I miss the sign on the lawn that kept Spidey off the team. I can't argue against putting Wolverine on a team that will take Darkhawk or Deathbird. But I can complain that Bendis has failed to make his picks as interesting as just about any grade C hero to ever join. Wolverine, Cage, and Spidey might as well have been fullfilling community service prior to the team being up rooted. They needed a few solid years of adventures as a team to get taken seriously as Avengers.

Basically, I think the book would stink if Bendis were writing a team that had Thor, Cap, Ironman, Beast, Wanda, Yellowjacket, Wasp, and Vision.



> I object more to the loss of story and character more than I miss the sign on the lawn that kept Spidey off the team. I can't argue against putting Wolverine on a team that will take Darkhawk or Deathbird. But I can complain that Bendis has failed to make his picks as interesting as just about any grade C hero to ever join. Wolverine, Cage, and Spidey might as well have been fullfilling community service prior to the team being up rooted. They needed a few solid years of adventures as a team to get taken seriously as Avengers.

...in that the pacing was horribly off. First, it took nearly a year(!) for the team to assemble (three issues fighting the Raft escapees, three more wandering around the Savage Land, and another four to call in Emma Frost to play psychiatrist to Sentry). The new team with Wolvie, Spidey, Cage, et al was only together for two missions after that: the one where they went to Japan and fought Madame Hydra & the Hand, and the one where they went to Canada to battle Xorn (or whatever he was calling himself at that point). And then, right after that, the new team imploded during Civil War.

Honestly, it's sad that the New Avengers made more appearances as an actual team in other people's titles (Iron Man, Amazing Spider-Man, Wolverine, Runaways) than they did in their own title.

It was hard to care that the New Avengers team fell apart during Civil War because we, the readers, were never given enough time to actually begin to invest any interest in them. It was the ultimate blink-and-you-missed-it in team rosters.

Ben H


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