What do you think is Brian Michael Bendis' worst comic?

Avatar image for gambitpryde1993
#1 Posted by gambitpryde1993 (175 posts) - - Show Bio

I recently just read Age of Ultron #10 and gave it a fairly positive review. However, many comics fans on Twitter and reviewers (Newsarama for example) said it was Bendis' worst work, and he should be banned from comics events. I was wondering what you guys thought Bendis' actual worst comics are.

My pick is his run on Avengers Assemble with Mark Bagley. I read the first few issues of this run to see if it was good to recommend to new comics fans and because I miss Bendis/Bagley on Ultimate Spider-Man. However, the plot was by the numbers and the art was shoddy. It seemed like a movie tie-in.

Avatar image for tigerkaya
#2 Edited by tigerkaya (1425 posts) - - Show Bio

His whole Avengers run.

Avatar image for muadib
#3 Posted by Muadib (6 posts) - - Show Bio

Not a big fan of 'Avengers Assemble' (how many teams can Wolverine actually be on??)

Avatar image for guttridgeb
#4 Posted by guttridgeb (4881 posts) - - Show Bio

Its pretty much a tie between Secret Invasion and Age of Ultron. I'm a Bendis fan but both of these events were very much nothing-y and anticlimactic.

Avatar image for charliejade
#5 Posted by CharlieJade (442 posts) - - Show Bio

Anything with Wanda or the Sentry in it

Avatar image for john_valentine
#6 Edited by John Valentine (16466 posts) - - Show Bio

Age of Ultron was just a pretty bad comic all round and I'm not a bandwagon Bendis hater.

Avatar image for scarletbatman
#7 Edited by ScarletBatman (377 posts) - - Show Bio

Avengers Assembled.

It was a stupid movie tie in book whose continuity is questionable.

I actually like Secret Invasion and Age of Ultron (though not love, especially the latter).

Most of Bendis' other stuff has been good to amazing (Ultimate Spiderman, New Avengers, Mighty Avengers, Dark Avengers, Daredvil, Ultimate Comics X-Men (34-45), Ultimate Fantastic Four (1-6), House of M, Spider-Woman, Siege, Moon Knight, All-New X-Men, Uncanny X-Men, Guardians of the Galaxy).

Avatar image for redroomwriter
#8 Posted by RedRoomWriter (29 posts) - - Show Bio

For me the worst Bendis series has to be his New Avengers run, namely because he took Luke Cage and godmodded him to insane lengths.

I've always been on the fence about his writing, on one hand he can write amazing stuff like he has been doing with his current ANXM run or he can write woeful trash like DD End of Days (I'm aware it's a writer collaboration but Bendis was the main staff writer on the book and it was absolutely horrible)

Always willing to give his stuff a try though even if it's hit and miss, I just wish he would get a little better at writing Female characters properly and not as his "pin up dreamgirls"

Avatar image for veshark
#9 Edited by Veshark (9458 posts) - - Show Bio

His Avengers stuff on a whole is just uncomfortable to read. You can tell he doesn't care much for the content, he's probably doing it for the paycheck, and his annoying writing ticks are just pushed up to eleven.

Avatar image for swrightsr
#10 Posted by swrightsr (13 posts) - - Show Bio

While I dont mind Wanda, I whole-heartedly agree with the Sentry thing. The Sentry is the worst Superman imatation, wanna be ever. If I never saw him again I would be happy. Someone pulled the Sentry out of their rear end and then to make him Hulk's best friend (WWH) absolute garbage. While I liked the way Age of Ultron started out I stopped reading it after Cage died (not enough black characters). But I would have to say Secret Invasion was the worst for me. It seemed like he had his hand in too many other things and just put anything in that book to get it done. But in general I am a Bendis fan and will give anything he writes a chance. I liked what he did with Cage though and it is probably because being a black man (so I'm biased) it is good to see black characters take the forefront.

Avatar image for jonny_anonymous
#11 Posted by Jonny_Anonymous (44964 posts) - - Show Bio


Avatar image for chalkshark
#12 Posted by chalkshark (1271 posts) - - Show Bio

Moon Knight. His take on the character, while interesting, just didn't ring true, and proved poor in execution.

Avatar image for tdk_1997
#13 Posted by TDK_1997 (17071 posts) - - Show Bio

Siege,Age of Ultron,his Avengers run.......I'm not sure,too many choices.

Avatar image for captainamerica119
#14 Posted by Captainamerica119 (205 posts) - - Show Bio

Fear itself. He killed goddamn Bucky for Christ's sake! Luckily Brubaker brought him back to life.

Avatar image for tigerkaya
#15 Edited by tigerkaya (1425 posts) - - Show Bio

@veshark said:

His Avengers stuff on a whole is just uncomfortable to read. You can tell he doesn't care much for the content, he's probably doing it for the paycheck, and his annoying writing ticks are just pushed up to eleven.


Avatar image for xwraith
#16 Posted by Xwraith (33039 posts) - - Show Bio
Moderator Online
Avatar image for queencorp15
#17 Edited by QueenCorp15 (1058 posts) - - Show Bio

Secret invasion was a humongous comic book let down for the ages! Age of ultron was terrible too

Avatar image for xwraith
#18 Posted by Xwraith (33039 posts) - - Show Bio

Siege, Age of Ultron and GotG INO.

Moderator Online
Avatar image for chem86
#19 Posted by chem86 (445 posts) - - Show Bio

Age of Ultron. I enjoyed the first few issues, but the plot quickly jumped around. Eventually was just about wolverine, and it felt like there was never an ending to this series planned ahead of time. It really wasn't that much about ultron at all(go figure in a book with his name in the title). Some the plot was a complete waste, the story really could have been told in 5-6 issues rather than 10. I was pumped for age of ultron, after the first issue I was hook. Only to be quickly very dissapointed.

Avatar image for tomchu
#20 Posted by tomchu (533 posts) - - Show Bio

It took Capt. America two issues to walk across a room in AoU. I think I stopped reading it at that point. Also, his Moon Knight was a little too... different for me.

His best is still Ultimate Spider-Man IMO, followed by Daredevil (The first half was epic, the second half was a little lackluster).

He's doing good work on ANXM and UXM now.

I've never read his Avengers work, so no comments there.

Avatar image for spideysense44
#21 Posted by Spideysense44 (3839 posts) - - Show Bio

Age of ultron..

Avatar image for lykopis
#22 Posted by lykopis (10868 posts) - - Show Bio

No point stating something now when he is in the process of probably writing his worst right now.

I am better off saying what I liked, and that was ALIAS. What's happening in the X-World I am not the happiest over, let's just leave it at that.

This edit will also create new pages on Comic Vine for:

Beware, you are proposing to add brand new pages to the wiki along with your edits. Make sure this is what you intended. This will likely increase the time it takes for your changes to go live.

Comment and Save

Until you earn 1000 points all your submissions need to be vetted by other Comic Vine users. This process takes no more than a few hours and we'll send you an email once approved.