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    Brian Michael Bendis is a comic writer, and former artist. He is well-known for his extended tenure on Ultimate Spider-Man, Avengers, and Daredevil for Marvel, as well as for his creator-owned series Powers and Scarlet. Bendis' work has earned him five Eisner Awards.

    Bendis... Love or Hate?

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    #1  Edited By Captain Cascader

    Bendis seems to be one of those polarizing writers. Some people love him, others can't stand him. I've got a buddy who simply refuses to talk about Bendis Daredevil.

    I seem to be iffy on him. I liked his early Daredevil stuff when he took over from Smith, but at a certain point he just became a broken record.

    What I really enjoyed of his though was Powers which I thought was one of the cooler books for a couple years. Anyways, since we're all new here I figured it'd be interesting to see which side of the fence everyone stands on.

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    #2  Edited By tyger_raven

    From what I've read of Powers and his other created stuff, he's not a bad writer. But, I take issue with his work at Marvel. To me, he ruined the Avengers in a way that I don't know will ever be fixed. And, House of M was a major yawner. I used to read his Ultimate Spider-Man, that is until the Ultimate Hobgoblin arc where it took four of the five issues before Hobby even made an appearance! That to me was too much. I know that Marvel (and DC) want to create nice long stories that can fit into a trade easily, but c'mon, if it takes you four issues to get to the main part of the story, then something is just really, really wrong.

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    #3  Edited By NerdMan

    I absolutely love the early issues of USM, so I don't think I can ever truly hate Bendis no matter what he does. Sure, his stories are ridiculously expanded, but he has written some absolutely fantastic dialogue (see anything involving Ultimate Spidey and the Kingpin) and does a young Peter Parker better than I've seen...well, just about anywhere.

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    #4  Edited By venomjr

    Love his work Ultimate Spiderman and New Avengers just kicked butt. I think he is one of the best comic book writers period.

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    #5  Edited By Labor__Days

    I enjoyed Bendis' Ultimate Spider-Man and his Avengers stuff. However, it was reading Powers (Daredevil too) that ultimately won me over. Love Bendis' writing.

    (I should have prefaced this by saying I read a lot of trades. So I'm behind some books.)
    Post Edited:2006-12-13 23:21:43

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    #6  Edited By Greigh

    After reading some of the later Daredevil issues, I've completely turned away from his reading.

    Hate him.

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    #7  Edited By Zero

    First of all, his dialogue and character developments have no rival.

    From what i have read/heard his crime/noir stories are great (daredevil, alias, the pulse) but his more super heroe oriented work is not so good.

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    #8  Edited By Chediablo

    He makes for interesting reading, his dialog, as Zero mentoned before me, has no rival (a bit of hyperbole there).

    He generally has very good work, but has two main issues.

    1. He miserably fails at some classic comic book conventionalities. Ex: Comic book science. He basically explains Utltimate Carnage as evil DNA with legs. WTF?

    2. He lets his preferences be shown too often. His likes and dislikes become a very determining factor in his writing. Ex: The way he screwed Scarlet Witch over in Avengers: Disassembled, and immediatly screwing her some more in House of M.
      Post Edited:2006-12-14 21:58:09

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    #9  Edited By Greigh

    I was browsing through my local comic shop and I saw the first issue of Powers for 21$! I have to say after flipping through it I am considering picking up the series.

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    #10  Edited By Zombie Boy

    i love powers and im ok with the rest... although i am a huge spidy fan and i cant seem to get into ultimate, im not saying its bad im just saying i cant really feel for the ulitimate peter since ive read the 616 peter for so long

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    #11  Edited By Burning Spade

    I personally like Bendis, but writers need to adopt a new way of telling stories like Robert Kirkman. Stories would be better if there were no arcs or anything. Just one great story.

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    #12  Edited By Mind

    I freaking love Bendis, he was born to write spiderman, USM is the best. What i've read of him in daredevil I loved, Alias = awesome. I liked what he did in UFF too.

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    #13  Edited By Kaiho13

    I am a "Bendis bitch" to tell you the least. Not in the degree of my Ellis "bitchness" but close enough.

    he can kill all the Hawkeyes he wants if you ask me, as long as he writes marvel comics.

    ok .. he should avoid killing Havok ;-)

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    #14  Edited By Teh_Exploder

    He killed Hawkeye and sometimes he gets long winded, but his dialouge is great and I love Daredevil and Ultimate Spiderman. Also, He brought back Luke Cage and now I am in his Debt.

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    #15  Edited By Scarlet

    I love his writing. I just like how the dialog reads, and Bendis wrote the only comic that has ever made me cry (House of M #7). What I do hate is how he seems to have trouble with continuity. Grr.

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    #16  Edited By Intervener

    I'm a big fan of Bendis (Ultimate Spider-Man is the book that got me into comics.)

    I actually have to write a letter to him tonight for English, asking what book he would recommend that I read, as well as why I chose him.

    Anyone think that he'll actually write back?

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    #17  Edited By Walkingstone

    Well why not? A lot of writers reply to their fans.

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    #18  Edited By Prodigal Son

    Holy thread resurrection Batman!

    And for the record, I'm ok with Bendis, but not a huge fan or hater either way.


    Post Edited:2007-03-29 16:26:40

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    #19  Edited By Mind

    Have I mentioned my undying obsession with the man?

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    I liked Ultimate Spider-Man. The Avengers thing is okay, but I like his dialogue. I'll ride the fence on this one.

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    #21  Edited By Icoop

    His stuff is okay, I like that his massive crossover events have, or at least appear to have lasting effects, where past events such as Onslaught have pretty much no reprecussions in the long run. Avengers: Dis., House of M, the whole one event leading to another and even things like Secret War, taking Fury out as a player in Civil War...it might just be because the Marvel U. hasnt had any stability since he got his hands on it though.

    I don't see whats so great about his dialogue. I read the hardback for USM and it seemed overrated and almost tedious to read, like I was reading it just to prove something.

    I haven't read Powers but I love the premise and the penciller, if that amounts for anything.

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    #22  Edited By Cosmic Sentinel

    I think he's overrated. Marvel act like he's the second coming of Stan Lee, but he's not that good. The whole ultimate line is rehashing stuff other people did (generally pretty well). It's good for newer readers and I like some of them, I just don't think it warrants a great deal of praise.
    Post Edited:2007-03-29 19:07:08

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    #23  Edited By The Mighty Thor

    i think bendis gives out good points

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    #24  Edited By War Cry

    I like what I've read so far from him. I haven't read too much of his Ultimate Spidey stuff so I can't comment about it.

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    #25  Edited By gmanfromheck

    Ultimate Spider-Man has been great. Sad to see Bagley go but Bendis' writing has been top notch.

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    #26  Edited By The Mighty Thor

    G-Man says:

    "Ultimate Spider-Man has been great. Sad to see Bagley go but Bendis' writing has been top notch."

    i like ultimate spiderman i just don't like ultimate venom and carnage

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    #27  Edited By zero edge

    He needs to start working on Spider-Woman damnit.

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    #28  Edited By gmanfromheck

    Do you mean Ultimate Spider-Woman or regular?
    Post Edited:2007-07-25 01:11:10

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    #29  Edited By The Mighty Thor

    G-Man says:

    "Do you mean *Ultimate* Spider-Woman or regular?
    Post Edited:2007-07-25 01:11:10"

    i think he means ultimate spider woman

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    #30  Edited By gmanfromheck

    I really liked how he did Ultimate Spider-Girl. I'd take either if he did it. The guy writes so much though. How many books can he handle?

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    #31  Edited By zero edge

    I meant regular... she was supposed to get her own series after Origins. But he says he'll do it after Halo.
    Post Edited:2007-07-25 01:16:56

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    #32  Edited By gmanfromheck

    Halo...that's a title I won't be reading.

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    #33  Edited By Dr. Jackal

    Basically, if he writes it, I'll read it. He brought characters back to comics. Does he hit it EVERY time? Okay, not every time ("Not like this...like THIS!"). But most of the time, his stuff is such a pleasure to read that I wish he was writing even MORE books than he is now.

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    #34  Edited By vance_astro  Moderator

    I love Bendis (no-homo).

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    #35  Edited By sora_thekey

    Love him best writter. Plus all things that go against his writting in USM we have to remember it is Ultimate things are re-made so there can't be expectation to recreations. House of M affected the whole universe so whatever your opinons are aout his writing he made Scarlet Witch destroy the universe. I look up to his art I mean someone who can keep Avengers make them intreasting and USM at the same time must be a genius or maybe a Skrull...

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    #36  Edited By cadaver

    He doesn't seem to research his topics. Soy milk is common in Canada. (New Avengers #22)

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    #37  Edited By Gottheit

    He killed Hawkeye?! He's my favorite writer ever!

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    #38  Edited By Hawkingbird

    He has great moments and bad moments.

    Alias : Phenomenal. Awesome. This should be considered an American classic.
    New/Mighty Avengers?: They can fail and they can do good. A good example of doing good is the way the story flows, like how he didn't bring Daredevil into the book even though he (and I!) wanted to, because it wouldn't have made much sense. A good example of bad is how he pretty much ignored the fact that Maya Lopez took down the entire Hand clan by herself, and focused entirely on her needing rescue.

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    #39  Edited By Captain Atom

    bendis is the worse writer...ever.

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    #40  Edited By _Obsidian_
    Captain Atom said:
    "bendis is the worse writer...ever."
    Somehow I disbelieve you've read enough comics to be authorized to say that ;)
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    #41  Edited By gmanfromheck

    It's pretty impressive.  Look at the sales figure this guy has.  If he's the worst writer ever, Marvel must be making a killing off the sales from all their other writers that must be better than Bendis since he's the "worst."

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    #42  Edited By John Valentine
    Gottheit said:
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    He killed Hawkeye?! He's my favorite writer ever!

    "
    He then brought him back.
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    #43  Edited By vance_astro  Moderator
    Captain Atom said:
    "bendis is the worse writer...ever."
    Correction..Frank Miller is the worst writer ever.
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    #44  Edited By John Valentine
    Vance Astro said:
    "Captain Atom said:
    "bendis is the worse writer...ever."
    Correction..Frank Miller is the worst writer ever."
    What about Dark Knight?
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    #45  Edited By Super-Buster

    He's my Fav!. Here's why. (I couldn't figure out how to link the single blog but it should be the first one from the top.)

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    #46  Edited By Captain Atom

    you realize there's a difference between Ray Palmer and Captain Atom...right?

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    #47  Edited By inferiorego  Staff
    G~man said:
    "

    Halo...that's a title I won't be reading.

    "
    Don't worry only three issues have come out since you're post... which was over a year ago. So you can still catch up!
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    #48  Edited By vance_astro  Moderator
    John Valentine said:
    "Vance Astro said:
    "Captain Atom said:
    "bendis is the worse writer...ever."
    Correction..Frank Miller is the worst writer ever."
    What about Dark Knight?"
    I'm not going to call someone a good writer for writing one good book.
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    #49  Edited By John Valentine

    Batman: Year One?

    Dare Devil?

    Elektra?
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    #50  Edited By Captain Atom

    Ultimate Spiderman
    New Avengers
    HOUSE OF M
    MIGHTY AVENGERS
    Ultimate X-Men



    I've read bendis' work.  He's among the worse writers of the day.  Period.

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