NEW AVENGERS BY BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS VOL. 3 (Marvel, 2012; Hardcover)
Collects New Avengers (Vol. 2) Nos. 16.1, 17-23 (cover dates November, 2011- May, 2012)
Writer: Brian Michael Bendis
Artists: Neal Adams and Tom Palmer (16.1), and Mike Deodato with Will Conrad (17-23)
Bendis is the luckiest son of a bitch on Earth. Never has so little talent gone so far. I mean, he gets to do an issue with Neal Adams?!? Come on! Adams and Palmer are Avengers royalty, having worked on countless classic issues way back when, and it's Bendis that gets to drag them into the 21st century?
|Bendis writes fanboy tripe. Wong vs. Jarvis...that Bendis is SO witty.|
Bendis has turned Norman Osborn into Lex Luthor, which is just stupid. Osborn is the Green Goblin and has always been a businessman, but for him to suddenly (and by suddenly I mean since Secret Invasion) be able to pull off capers of this caliber is silly. The New Avengers and The Dark Avengers are both stupid Bendis team names, but now we get The New Dark Avengers. Kill me. What's next? The Ultimate New Dark Avengers? Come on, man.
There are some pretty sweet battle scenes, which is where Deodato and Conrad shine. It is pretty lame how they tried to “cast” Tommy Lee Jones as Norman Osborn, though. Any time comic book artists try to “cast” actors by drawing their likeness it pisses me off. The artwork as a whole is what saves this book from getting a 1.5 rating, as Bendis' dialogue is terrible. I also dislike how Bendis has made being an Avenger meaningless. Spider-Man is on both Avengers teams and is a member of the FF, The Thing is doing double duty on The New Avengers and the FF, and now even Daredevil, the ultimate loner, is an Avenger. This is completely dumb and completely unbelievable. Thank Godzilla that Bendis' reign of terror is drawing to an end.
Junk Food For Thought rating: 2.75 out of 5.
The OCD zone- Typical Marvel Premiere Edition Hardcover, with the same production values, advantages and shortcomings that the format has to offer.
Paper rating: 5 out of 5. Nice thick coated stock, perfect for this material.
Binding rating: 4 out of 5. It's glued, but it's a thin hardcover, so it's no biggie. It's not like it's going to fall apart or anything. I normally lose sleep over books with glued binding, but not with these Premiere Hardcovers.
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