Friday, December 10, 2004

In this column, everybody dies!

From the Decatur Daily...

'New Avengers' writer Bendis sweeps away the old
What on Earth has become of the world's mightiest heroes?

In the "Avengers Disassembled" story running through "Avengers" issues 500 through 503, superstar comic-book writer Brian Michael Bendis and artist David Finch carve a path of destruction that leaves the 40-year-old Marvel Comics super team in a shambles.

In issue No. 500, over the span of a few pages, Bendis kills off third-string Avengers Jack of Hearts and Ant Man. Then, he kills The Vision, a longtime team member and a fan favorite.

But the worst is still to come. In issue No. 502, he kills Hawkeye, another popular member of the team, and reveals that the villain behind it all is the Scarlet Witch, another longtime Avenger, who in a fit of madness takes out her personal frustrations on everyone around her.

It's a dark day for the Avengers. Although he has proven himself on books like "Powers" and "Daredevil," Bendis has no idea how to approach the Avengers, so he doesn't. In effect, they are supporting characters in their own book.

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Incidentally, the article's author, Franklin Harris, has been know to frequent Haven. He's often writing about comics in his "Pulp Culture" column.

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