I really donít think Simon needs a change as a character so much as we need a writer who actually loves the character to write him again. Simon has enough history and inner demons to make him an edgy character when the situation calls for it, but I think it would be a huge mistake to turn him back into a bitter, insane loner like he was during his solo series and I definitely donít want him to become a bastardized version of a Frank Miller character.
The fact is Wondyís stuck with the Avengers which is being run by Bendis and weíre stuck with him taking a back seat to the writerís other favorites on the team.
I know a lot of fans throw Bendis around as the blame for the Avengers being what it is now and I really hate to be one of those fans who consistently bashes or blames the writer of a book, but in this case I feel justified doing it. It just seems like every crossover gets more ponderous than the last and he seems to just pad the hell out of the storyline with flashbacks that are really not that relevant to the current storyline.
I will say I like the ending of Secret Invasion with Starkís downfall, the rise of Norman Osborne and the return of a lot of old favorites, but honestly the whole thing just took way too long to get there and when all is said and done what character development did we get throughout it? Again I donít hate Bendis and I loved his work on Alias, but he is just not suited to doing the Avengers as far as Iím concerned. He is also falling into that same rut of ďletís kill an important character to drive home how serious this thing isĒ for every crossover he does.
So many other Marvel books have writers who have taken the road where they use the characterís past and build upon it to keep the character consistently interesting and write new storylines for them. The writer keeps developing the characters involved and manages to move the storyline along at a decent pace while employing flashbacks and other storytelling techniques.
Right now my favorite Marvel books are Moon Knight, Immortal Iron Fist, Daredevil, Captain America, Deadpool, Wolverine Origins, Ms Marvel, Thor and Avengers: The Initiative.
All of these books are well written keep true to the characters and manage to make the storylines flow right and keep things clear and interesting. If I could choose among all these writers to write Avengers I would go with Ed Brubaker, Joe Casey or Kurt Busiek.
If I could choose from any comic company I would go with Robert Kirkman who does The Walking Dead. He consistently delivers as far as storylines go and he really makes you care about each and every character involved in the stories.
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