Darin Wagner wrote:
Nope. I was buying more Marvel comics during that period than at any other time. Marvel may have filed for bankruptcy at this time, but you'd never have known it looking at the quality of their books, particularly during the Heroes Return period.
Agree to disagree -- other than a few gems, I tend to think of mid to late 90's Marvel as absolute shit.
(and even before; Thunderbolts, Avengers Forever, Earth X, MC2, Spider-Girl, Marvel Knights, Age of Apocalypse, etc... etc...). I mean, yeah Onslaught, Heroes Reborn, Clone Saga, were all miss-steps, but they were largely minor things compared to all the classics that got pumped out under his tenure. Joe Q has yet to do nearly as much IMO.
I would say nearly everything you've mentioned falls short of "classic" status, though some of it's pretty good -- mainly Earth X and the concept of Age of Apocalypse.
I'd rather read the stuff created under Quesada's tenure, myself -- I'll take Brubaker's Captain America, Bendis' Daredevil & Ultimate Spider-Man, Millar's Ultimates, Whedon's X-Men, Morrison's X-Men, Pak's Planet Hulk, Ellis' Iron Man: Extremis, Waid/Wieringo's Fantastic Four, etc. over the stuff you listed.
But y'know, it's all just personal taste. I hate almost everything Marvel does at this point.