How about we talk about some actual comic books for a bit?
Captain America #695 - wasn’t quite the home run I was hoping for, but Waid & Samnee’s debut issue was a lovely palate cleanser for the character. There were some nice storytelling choices, in the use of the flashback and the little girl from the past showing up in the present. But, I did get pulled out of the story when in an earlier scene you could clearly see one of the bad guys wondering around in costume, before their dramatic arrival - did no one notice beforehand? And also, wasn’t Waid one of the creators giving JMS a hard time for his “Superman walks the US” storyline a few years ago? Ironic to see him do basically the same thing here with Cap instead. I do love this creative team, though, and will follow them anywhere. I hope the rumours of a short run are unfounded.
Spider-man/ Deadpool #23 - I loved the Kelly/ McGuiness story arc on this book (seriously, folks, buy the forthcoming OHC - it’s fab!) but I wasn’t planning on buying anymore. They then went and got Chris Bachalo as regular artist, and I couldn’t really say “no”. Bachalo remains one of the few artists who is pretty much a must buy for me. #23’s the start of a new run by Robbie Thompson, but it’s not particularly new reader friendly. Lots of continuity references that went straight over my head. When did Deadpool kill Coulson? Why is Peter Parker a bum again? But … Man … That art!
Defenders #6 and #7 - this book’s really got a great rhythm going now. Bendis and Marquez are a great creative team, and are producing a brilliant comic here. It’s everything you wanted the TV show to be. There’s a fantastic multi-page, multi-panel fight scene in #7 between Iron Fist and Elektra, for example; Marquez really sells that with his art, and it’s clear Bendis is having a ball writing Danny. I don’t know what the future holds for this book, given Bendis’ forthcoming departure, but if they can keep Marquez on it, it’s going to stay on my pull list. I want to read more of this team. They’re great characters that really work well together.