Best written Ares I have seen since Oeming's mini
He actually was a tactical God of War who had a clear disdain for mortals, particularly in the presence of the gods and their business.
While Bendis didn't allow Thor a great showing, that wasn't the point of this book. The point was to pimp his two Avengers teams (new and DA but no MA)which I thought he did quite nicely. The Hawkeye/Spidey banter was pretty strong - they could turn into quite the duo.
What Bendis did do, surprisingly, was accord Thor the heavyweight respect that his throwdown with the DA in #600 should command. Ares deference to Thor and Thor's reciprocal respect had the tone of adults taking care of pressing adult business in the presence of children who should not be privy to their personal grievances. I actually liked it a lot.
The comment by Spidey about NA being in trouble without Thor's support was another oblique tip of the cap to the Thunderer. Given Thor's attitude since his return it was also very in line with what JMS has done with Thor thus far. Again this sort of "Thor operates on a different level than the rest of the MU" status for the character, is A OK with me. I'm just surprised Bendis did it so well.
Was Mjolnir intact or still in pieces in this one?