It's going to be tough enough on upcoming B & R artist Phillip Tan when the chorus of snargle snargle grumblings begins, and that makes it unjustifiably mean that Frank Quitely has redesigned the Red Hood so that the character most closely resembles a hot dog shoved onto an action figure. Sure, it'll probably work out alright in the end, since Morrison's star has risen to a point where there will be plenty of supporters to argue away complaints about how an old Spawn artist has taken over DC's most successful book and drawn it poorly, but it's still a lousy thing to do the guy right out of the gate. He's already got two broken legs. No need to kick him in the balls.
Somewhere at Marvel, there exists a contract, the likes of which one hasn't been around since the days of the 'Farlane and the dawn of Omega Red. A pre-Image Comics, "don't go nowhere" kind of art contract, one that says "Whatever you want, whatever you need: name it, you can have it all." Chris Bachalo signed a contract like that, and one of the requests he made, the one that went under the subheading "Whenever I Have To Work On Throwaway Mini-Series Tied Into Marvel Events", was that, if Bachalo was expected to draw a Sinister Spider-Man mini-series, he could elect to draw the fight scene and nothing else. Talking? Whatever plot it was that Brian Reed and Marvel's editorial board came up with? None for Chris, please. Just the fight scene. Call somebody else--anybody, they don't even have to share his style--to handle that bullshit. Here's your six fucking pages.
In the back of a non-X-Men fan's mind, the question remains: would so many people care about something so insubstantial if the art was merely stick figures? If an X-cross over series was written that featured Anders Nilsen Monologue style of drawings, would the books keep moving? Dark Avengers # 8--which isn't labeled as an X-Men book, but sidelines the Dark Avengers characters that made the book a successful franchising of Warren Ellis' Thunderbolts run so completely that what it looks like is that Bendis wanted a brief vacation--seems to point to an answer. It doesn't fucking matter who draws these characters. Generic page after generic page, a stupid, easy-to-call plot that ignores the basic stupidity of Cyclops never explaining that his girlfriend wasn't dirty to anyone who asked, thus making him seem like a dick who just really wanted to say "Surprise, I gotcha good!", this is how one takes something people wanted--Bendis and Deodato, with hamburger jokes and rampant cocksmanship--and smashes it against the anvil of what they don't: another shitty X-Men story.