I relized I hadn't been following the New Avengers and so I went to flip through the last few issues so I could write up a few All You Need to Knows and make sure that people didn't feel like they had to read the book to keep up with the Marvel Universe.
For good or for ill, Brian Michael Bendis really does have his hand firmly on the rudder of Marvel's main storyline. He likes doing everything and anything and has really changed the look and feel of the House of Ideas and how we see our heroes. You almost have to be up on his Avengers books in order to know what's going on in the greatest allotment of super-heroes. HE's even re-writing the essential history of the Avengers in an 'oral history' that I simply can't read (sorry, folks.) due to his current form of dialogue. But that's an issue for another time.
So I read the last few New Avengers and found myself gritting my teeth the whole way. I took slim notes because the books were slim on plot and felt kind of useless in the grand scheme of things, despite their grand nature. Being that it's better to be positive than negative, I wrote out an article for the AMAZING Robot 6 about how we could really do without the New Avengers.
Give it a read and come to your own conclusions on how much meals are needed in the grand scheme of things. I'll probably still post up some thoughts on the three or so issue that have come out, as well as a peek into the Adjective-less Avengers if I can find a nugget of joy in a book that reminds me how much I dislike the Hood and how much Black Bolt is very gone.