A decent-enough Avengers, fun done-in-one Deadpool story, the Punisher Plot developing, and Uncanny X-Force being just plain spectacular.
The issue in which a bunch of Marvel characters learn the truth about the secret Marvel group "The Illuminati" that had that fun one-shot and mini-series some time back that helped set up Secret Invasion and the current plotline with the Infinity Gems being stolen by Parker Robbins AKA The Hood. Whew, that was long sentence! Anyways, this issue helps us see just how Parker went from being trapped in prison to wielding God-like power (which would have been handy earlier as I had no clue how he was climbing a snowy mountain in Avengers #7 and they finally get around to telling us now). This issue was a more talky one compared #8 which had a bunch of wordless pages of the Red Hulk fighting a super-powered Robbins. The plot development is nice though and John Romita Jr. always turns in good artwork to compliment Bendis' love of writing long dialogues. Basically this issue gives us the plot we could have used back at the start of the arc, but I'm happy we are getting it now. Nothing too impressive however.
3 out of 5 stars.
A quick tale where Deadpool fights an intergalactic mercenary named Macho Gomez who speaks with a Spanish accent. There is also some plot about super-weapons and a scientist faking his death, but the real fun comes from watching Deadpool and Gomez fight with guns, knives, and of course a healthy dose of explosives. The issue ends telling us the story will be continued in space with #32.1, which got me thinking--isn't there already a Deadpool comic in space? I believe it is called Deadpool Corps, right? Oh well, I trust Daniel Way to know what he's doing as this Deadpool comic has always been the most dependable for quality.
3.5 out of 5 stars.
Punisher: In The Blood #3
More violent fighting, the point of the story starts to become a bit clearer, and Frank Castle seems to really be losing it. I'm pretty sure Remender is building up to something big bringing in various plot points from his and Matt Fraction's "War Journal" his own run on Punisher, and now this mini-series. I just don't know what exactly we are leading up to. This has the mixed results of making me want to read the next issue, but not really enjoying this one much.
2.5 out of 5 stars.
Uncanny X-Force #4
Another Remender comic, except this one is just fantastic with the equally incredible art of Jerome Opena. From the superb fight scenes, to the dark humor from Remender's use of Deadpool, to an ending that at first seemed to be cliche' until the final moments where the story went where I honestly thought it wouldn't dare to go--making Fantomex look even more badass in the process too. Just a great comic, no wonder it is some people's favorite X-book just four issues in (mine is still X-Factor but this comes in close).
4.5 out of 5 stars.