Here's the post that nobody asked for: in a bout of insomnia last night I plowed though a full week of Marvel comics (the most recent week on Unlimited) just to get a line-wide snapshot of the company and why it might be doing poorly. Here are my thoughts, in alphabetical order of the titles:
All-New Wolverine #13 This is the start of "Enemy of the State 2". Add this to the fact that half the line right now is "Civil War 2" and one of the company's biggest ongoing titles is Old Man Logan, and then remember that Mark Millar stopped writing for them a decade ago. This is a terrible indictment of the company. Anyway, the book is fine, nothing special.
Amazing Spider-Man #19 I actually didn't read this because I'm a little behind on the title, but overall this book is great. Out of everyone working at Marvel right now I'd say Slott is the only one cooking up a classic run on his title.
Cage #1 This is the Genndy Tartakosfky series. Legend.
Champions #1 I don't think the criticism that Marvel's diversity attempts are just box-ticking is fair, but then you look at something like this and the team is a black Spider-Man, a Muslim Ms. Marvel, a white Cyclops, an Asian Hulk, and a Latino Nova. And a robot Vision. I don't know...it sure tracks as lazy box-ticking. But that isn't the problem. The problem is that every character is written exactly the same (aside from Vision)—the whole hyper manic Bendis-teenage persona (though Waid wrote it). I could give you any exchange of dialogue, leaving out the names, and nobody would be able to guess who the characters are. To me that is not good comics, but admittedly I am not the audience. In short, I miss Chris Claremont.
Deadpool & the Mercs #1, Deadpool: Back in Black #1, Deadpool: Too Soon #7 None of these are even the main book (which is good). I'm sure there is an audience for this but this seems like a bit much to me. Are people really shelling out $12 a week for Deadpool books? Anyway, the art in the Mercs book is good, but the Back in Black book was rough.
Death of X #1 Is this a crossover? A major event? It looks like it but I can't tell. I stopped reading when the Inhumans showed up.
Doctor Strange #12 I think this book may be pretty good but I'll have to take your word for it as I've never been able to make heads or tails of Bachalo layouts.
Enchanted Tiki Room #1 This is a Disney book. Pass.
Invincible Iron Man #14 This is generally one of Marvel's best books. I'm not sure why the Civil War 2 logo is bigger than the individual titles' logo on all of these books by the way. It's confusing.
Marvel Universe Avengers: Ultron Revolution This appears to be an all-ages book using the movie lineups. Don't ask me how kids are supposed to find this. Maybe they do.
Scarlet Witch #11 Not a bad title although I'm pretty sure everyone dropped it 8 issues ago. It always felt like all frosting and no cake to me.
Spidey #11 Did the people who made this win a contest or something? This is really terrible, very amateurish.
Spider-Man 2099 #16, Squadron Supreme #12 These are both somehow Civil War 2 titles. I would say when your crossover is roping in titles like these, then it's starting to really go tits up. I'm sure it's a last ditch effort to save these books, but these are bad and I have no idea why either exists. Peter David is writing Spider-Man (yikes) and the art is very rough in both books.
Uncanny X-Men #14 This title was fine, aside from the usual X-book gobbledy-gook. I don't dislike Greg Land the way some do but if the major knock on a guy that pisses everyone off is that he uses porn for photo-reference, then maybe don't have him draw an issue where Psylocke takes on the Hellfire Club? Just a thought.