Has anyone else noticed that Captain America has engaging in cronyism is his management of the Avengers teams? It is something that has cropped up in the past, but has become especially pronounced during Brian Michael Bendis' run on the title. Promotions seem to be based more on perceived loyalty than actual qualifications.
-Hawkeye is made leader of the Secret Avengers despite the fact that it is unclear if he can even spell the words quiet or subtle. Aren't there Avengers who have actual training and practice in covert operations who would have made better choices?
-I have read a few Avengers comics with Jessica Jones in them. Her contribution consisted of standing in the background holding a baby. How exactly is she qualified to be a Avenger in any standing?
-Luke Cage has been given command of two teams despite his obvious lack of leadership ability. Leeroy Jenkins would be proud. He may be loyal muscle, but it is clear that the Peter Principle has caught up to him. Even the writers seem to acknowledge that Cage sucks as a leader since they consistently utilize the Sentry and later Dr. Strange as crutch characters whose sole job seems to be bailing the team out and protecting Luke Cage from the consequences of his actions.
Up until the late 1980's, the Avengers used extensive background checks and a team vote before handing out what are essentially very high level security clearances. Nowadays, it seems that Captain America is doling them out wily-nily on his own authority. Does anyone else see the problem here?
Hawkeye...Yeah, that works for me. Don't forget, he spent his early years with one of the world's best covert operators, Black Widow. He also led the west coast team for a few years. And after the founding five and Cap, he has the most seniority.
But the other two...
Jessica Jones is a nothing character who really doesn't deserve to be anywhere near the book, and indeed is one of the many reasons I dropped the title a few years back.
But who created her? Yep, Bendis did. I don't know if he's getting any kickbacks from keeping her around, but god knows I can't think of another reason.
And who is the Marvel character Bendis would most like to date? That's right...Luke Cage.
If you're going to accuse anyone of cronyism...give Bendis the finger (double entendre intended).