-Captain America #8 (Rick Remender, John Romita Jr.)
Captain America fights his way through Arnim Zola's interdimensional spaceship fortress castle to save the Earth and his son only for a shocking last second twist. Though can twists really be shocking when you call them before you even open the comic? That said, I am interested to see where Remender is going with this reveal. There's an exchange mid-battle where the bad guy gives voice to some detractors of Captain America who have never read a comic of his. I liked it, because it recognized some of the complaints while also framing them in the context that people who think like that are also brainwashed psycho-Nazi clones. The art and story complement each other so well it's uncanny as the bizarre plot elements are given a form so fitting that they make perfect sense.
-Avengers Arena #11 (Dennis Hopeless, Riccardo Burchielli)
Some acceptable character work is done this issue. It's just a shame that the set-up for it is completely asinine. Thus rendering the entire exercise pointless. This series isn't irredeemable yet, but each issue brings it that much closer to the event horizon.
-Nova #5 (Jeph Loeb, Ed McGuinness)
An OK comic book, which is pretty high praise for a recent Jeph Loeb comic. The plot is weak, but the script lets the art go all out. It's hard to fault Loeb too much since there are few things I wouldn't do to get an Ed McGuinness-drawn fight scene involving a cyborg tiger with a gun arm.
-Deadpool #12 (Brian Posehn, Gerry Duggan, Mike Hawthorne)
I think it's safe to say that Deadpool is once again one of my favorite comics without fear of incurring the wrath and scorn of other comic book readers. The battle with the middleman from hell making a power play ended in a suitable fashion and allowed for all manner of jokes regarding the Marvel universe. It really seems like a comic for fans by fans.