For years I've heard that the Avengers, weren't the Avengers of old....that these Bendis Avengers were an All Star team...but without the heart of the past.
I will agree with that to a point....but I've enjoyed the progression of the Avengers with Bendis. It's nice to have Spidey on the team. Luke Cage has surprised me with how much I like him. Wolverine is admitted extraneous, and stretched thin timewise....but I don't mind.
I do enjoy the classic runs of the past. Shooter/Perez, Stern/Buscema, Busiek/Perez,Davis,Dwyer.....but I'm glad for Bendis bring the Avengers to the forefront of the Marvel Universe. Like it or not, Bendis saved the Avengers from being a 2nd tier title for some time to come at least.
My favorite storyline was the Hood's saga. Thought that was very interesting. I am however tired of Osborn and his Hammer friends.
Looking forward to the future!
Spider-Man getting out of his own title ghetto and actually joining the team regularly is the best part of the Bendis run. I'm actually not one of those people that think that expanding the roster's a bad idea, myself, but utlizing more Avengers mainstays, dealing with classic Avengers foes, and letting the personalities on the team shine more is neccessary. As is the actual "gathered together to oppose enemies no single hero can withstand" part of being Avengers. The Hood? Should have lasted about thirty seconds against the REAL Avengers.