Def not an Avengers book. It seemed like it was going in the right direction after SI with the inclusion of Mockingbird and Ms. Marvel. but then the October solicits hit....AGAIN the team is fighting the Hood! What is that? over 2 yrs of New Avengers in a row focusing on that guy (with teh exception of the 8 issue or so break for SI...even then he was in some of them). This book exists to set off teh next company wide x-over it seems.
Though I have a feeling Bendis is going to end Dark reign with a return of the big 3 as a core for New Avengers....heres hoping!
I could not agree with you 2 more!!! You are right..this is a Defenders book without them calling it that. And you are correct...Bendis is in love with the Hood for keeping him around for this long. And taking away the title of Sorcerer Supreme from Dr. Strange and giving it to Brother Voodoo???? That is for sure a Defenders level charecter and NOT and Avenger. Also...when both Luke and Danny were in the book you could have just as easily called it Heroes for Hire.