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tjanson 2/25/2013 2:11:37 PM

Joel...Ya I think there have been plenty of writers long before Bendis who  have elevated storytelling and character development.  The issue is  that Bendis, unlike many of his predecessors, had the advantage of marketing stiffs sitting around a boardroom and mapping out this year's major story event.  That's what comics have become.  Everything revolves around one or two major story events, everything crosses over to force fans to buy tertiary titles they would not have bought otherwise.  Trust me...I'm in the loop in the hype machine and get daily e-mais from Marvel's and DC's PR groups.

I'll give him credit, Bendis took full advantage of the situation.  He got to play in a bigger sandbox than those that came before him.  Writers were not given that kind of carte blanche 30 - 40 years ago.  He didn't have nearly the kind of editorial restrictions that writers used to have for two reasons:  1) as mentiond comics today are driven by the hype machine.  Take Secret Invasion for example...that story event was hyped for months before it started streeting.  2) from an editorial standpoint, Joe Quesada is no Stan Lee...

Here's a challenge...write a comic that begins and ends in a single issue.  Self-contained.  Writers can't do it today.  Their taught to extend storylines for months.  The same thing happens in literature.  No publisher wants a single, self-contained fantasy novel.  They want at minimum a trilogy or they want the next George R. R. Martin or Robert Jordan who can string along readers for the rest of their lives.

And this really isn't a past vs. present argument.  I like Geoff Johns, I like Jeph Loeb, I like Mark Waid, I like Slott, Whedon, Morrison...just don't like Bendis.

lazarus 2/25/2013 2:29:03 PM

In the immortal words of my former drill sergeant. KEEP IT SIMPLE STUPID. Unfortunately simple doesn't pay the bills in the area of comics.

tjanson 2/25/2013 3:07:20 PM

Laz...honestly it's not even about keeping it simple.  I'm not urging a return to DC circa the 50s and 60s.

jedibanner 2/25/2013 4:05:57 PM

Fair comments Tim, makes sense...don't agree but makes sense.

spiderhero 2/26/2013 12:32:15 PM

tjanson: Having Marvel work with Bendis to map out how a major plotline will work is called continuity. Both companies do "events" constantly. Am I tired of it, kinda. It all depends on how well it's done. Bendis does a good job of making things flow from one issue to the next. It all feels cohesive. Editors help with this & that is their job. Kudos to them for doing it as well as they do.

Can you blamse Marvel (or DC) for marketing an event? They want to sell comics. Marketing helps that happen.

EvilMonkey 2/27/2013 12:56:56 PM

 Bendis is ok ( did not like his Daredevil run but love Powers and Ultimate Spiderman) Johns is ok as well 

For me though the best will always be Brubaker, anyone who can bring Bucky back from the dead gets that prize.  I loved his runs on Captain America Daredevil and Iron Fist.
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