So, short but sweet:
The very good:
Winter Soldier:Winter Kills (Brubaker/Weeks-Gaudiano-Hoberg; Marvel) - I like introspective, talk-y character-y things and this issue is definitely one. The interaction between Winter Soldier and Namor and Winter Soldier and the Young Avengers is wonderful.
Nextwave #11 (Ellis/Immonen; Marvel) The Elvis MODOK just about requires a "very good" but I think my patience for the Nextwave AND HATE antics is starting to wind down, and it's good that the title is going on hiatus, and I'll be fresh and ready for it when it returns. Not so much the end of an arc here as just where the plot happened to fall on issue #11, which is just slightly annoying. Not sure I wa reading for actual "plot" anyway, of course....
Crossing Midnight #2 (Carey/Fern; Vertigo) Interesting issue, great art and very hard to see how all this is going to get wrapped up in just one more issue.
A good start:
Okko: Cycles of Water #1 (Hub - hey, that's all it says - Archaia Press)- Very interesting art, although a couple panels required some head-scratching to figure out what I was seeing, and some of the scene transitions ar less than clear. On the other hand, the characters are interesting and so is the story.
Maintenance #1 (Massey/Rodrgiuez; Oni). Two janitorial schmoes work for an evil think tank and spend their time coping with the messes and monstrosities all of the evil geniuses come up with. Amusing, light and fun.
Interesting concept, but losing my interest:
The Killer #2 (Matz/Jacamon; Archaia Press) A very cold hired-killer is slowly losing his nerve as a hit starts to go wrong. I enjoy the feel/tone, but there are a couple of problems: first, the translation from French to English is questionable in a few places and there were some dialog bits I had to re-read to figure out what the character was trying to say and, second, it's hard to like and care about a stone cold killer. I don't think you're supposed to like the character, but at this point I'm HOPING he gets caught, and I don't think you're supposed to hope that.
Snakewoman #6 (Wells/Hyrapiet; Virgin) The switch away from Michael Gaydos is unfortunate, as I was enjoying his art quite a bit, and this replacement artist, while not bad, is just not the same caliber. The focus switches away from Jessica and on to the story of one of the lowest and most pathetic of the 68, in all his incarnations. The ending is totally inevitable and the issue just felt like spinning gears. Is this what we have to look forward to, all Jessica kills the other 64 who are left?
And, off in a completely different category, which is None of the Above:
Bye-Bye Harvey: A Gun Theory Short Story (Way/Proctor; Bad Press) - Although I've heard about Gun Theory, I've never read it, and was rather surprised when this turned up in my box (my beloved LCS guy, looking out for me as always, and feeding stuff into my box). Hmmm. Very violent unapologetic bad-guy noir. Well done, nicely illustrated, but, like The Killer above, probably not my thing.