In coming up with titles for my post I feel like this is a scandal sheet type headline. Designed to garner attention, but not necessarily the actual truth of the matter.
New Avengers by Marvel to me is a strange animal. It is almost universally considered to be a horribly written book. I picked up the first six issue trade to read it just so I could be sure that if I was being critical of something I had an actual basis on which to criticize the book. It was worse then I thought it would be. Bendis had almost zero percentage on getting the characters' voices, the art was the over rendered David Finch - whose are has a certain quality that can make it appealing, but ultimately lacks consistency in faces, has poor layouts and has way too many lines. This was an absolutely horrible comic with a "team" that did not fit. Wolverine in this comic is so forced as to be unreal, Sentry does not work as part of the Marvel mainstream universe and Spider-Woman has been given such a convoluted background (triple agent - please) as to be untenable.
Yet the book sells well for Marvel. Give them credit with the long list of issues that had variable covers they jacked up the sales numbers. The non-thinking fans who buy any books their favorite character is in help to prop up this book also.
I never understand why such utter crap continues to sell.
Recently during an "online radio" show that I participate in ( http://www.cosmiccomix.com/conversations/index.htm), I heard the last two issues of the New Avengers were good books. So reluctantly I tried them and the solo Luke Cage and Spider-Woman issues were indeed decent reads, but then I realized these were solo books and not a team book. Bendis does okay on his solo work or a book like Powers, but his group book has been really, really been awful.
So I just ask that if a book sucks after six issues and no new team is in sight, please stop buying it just to have a full run. Or better yet try Wasteland, Invincible, Local, X-Isle or Fell - or any other book that you normally don't read.