Captain Marvel continues to be awesome. Kieron Gillen continues to be one of the best comic writers ever. And X-Factor continues to be amazing.
However, the other big book out today was the Marvel NOW! Point One issue. My thoughts on that:
Bendis's short about Peter Quill losing his mother was well-written, even if it's covering old ground (I've actually read the comic featuring Quill's origin), and gives no indication what his Guardians of the Galaxy will be like. Of the five shorts in this book, this might be the least useful. It's good, but it doesn't tell us anything about Got G
Loeb had a short about the new Nova. I'm going to say something that will blow your mind: It's good. No, seriously, it's good. It's well-written and the new Nova seems interesting. Crazy, I know. I still have trouble believing it, but Loeb has actually written something legitimately good, for the first time in years. Insanity. It's raised my expectations for the new Nova series.
Gillen's Young Avengers short has Kid Loki recruit Miss America through trickery. As always, I have no clue what Loki's game is, but as always, I'm desperate to see where it goes. Also notable: We get a reminder that, even though he looks like a child, Loki's still a god, and still stronger than any human. I am so, so excited for Young Avengers.
Fraction and Allred's Ant-Man short was great. Wonderful writing, and Allred-ian art. I love Mike Allred's art. FF is looking very promising.
Hopeless wrote a great, bizarre Forge short. It's fucked up in a wonderful way. Cable & X-Force looks like it'll be very good.
And, finally, the framing device involving Fury, Jr. Man, it sucked. Nick Spencer probably can't really be blamed for that. No one could've made it anything less than shit. Even so, of the books this Point One is promoting, Secret Avengers is easily the least interesting. Maybe Spencer can turn a potential turd into gold, but honestly, I'm not expecting much. No disrespect to Spencer - I adored his Cloak & Dagger Spider-Island mini - but I just don't expect Secret Avengers to be particularly good.