Chad Nevett looks back at the Bendis Avengers:
What eventually drew me in and won me over was his voice. This wasn’t the Avengers, this was his Avengers. There’s no mistaking the two. Some people hated that, but fuck ‘em. There are actually people who still say that Spider-Man and Wolverine and Luke Cage can’t be Avengers, because they aren’t Avengers, because they can’t be Avengers, dammit! It’s insane, of course. Go back to the beginning of the Avengers: Stan and Jack taking all of their heroes who weren’t Spider-Man and the Fantastic Four, basically, and putting them together. New Avengers was the purest remake of that concept since it happened. Anyone is an Avenger if they’re an Avenger. That’s the great thing about the team, especially under Bendis. It was the entire superhero community coming together to fight the good fight and not worry that this guy is a mutant with claws and that guy used to wear a tiara and that they have two Spider-People on the team at the same time…! All Captain America needs to know is that you’re willing to fight for what’s right. A pretty simple concept and, yet, so many people didn’t seem to get it. I’m glad that Bendis did and made it the underpinning of his eight years on these books.
I love it when smart people can explain the appeal of things that I don’t get in such a way that I wish I did. Go read the entire piece; it’s well worth your time.