WWH thoughts are in the WWH thread. Looks like it's going to be a good summer all around.
Nova #3: Getting ready for Annihilation: Conquest. Basically, the point of this issue is to set up that Rich feels like Earth is a really messed up place right now and he needs to get the hell off it. No problem there. I just thought they could have done more with the concept. I'm especially upset that they never had Nova find out that they built a prison in the Negative Zone while he was fighting a war with the ruler of said Zone. Conquest starts next month. BUY IT. Also, I'm saying right now that the villain behind Conquest is Kang. I just don't know who else would make sense.
Cable & Deadpool #41: Deadpool heads to Providence to help Cable, and winds up fighting Sabretooth. It's a good fight, but I'm a little upset that the writer didn't bring up the fact that Creed killed Copycat, Wilson's ex-wife and true love. Next issue blurb indicates that this series will be tied into Endangered Species. Also, Blackbox dies - eh, I didn't think he brought much to the table anyhow.
Sub-Mariner #1: I'm a huge mark for Namor. This is a pretty neat set-up issue. Namor is trying to track down some rogue Atlantian agents who have declared war on the surface, and Iron Man is leading an assault on Atlantis because of it. Namor has to uncover the conspiracy and stop it before SHIELD can start a war. I'm hooked, but like I said, I'm a huge mark for the Sub-Mariner.
The Initiative #3: A real improvement over the last issue, I think. This one's a focus on Komodo. She's assigned to fight Spider-Man, with predictable results. Still, it's a great fight scene, and some fantastic Spider-Man writing. Between this issue and the Free Comic Book day special, it's a crime that they haven't put Slott on a regular Spider-Man title yet.
New Warriors #1: Okay, the concept of the book is that a new team of unregistered heroes is essentially capturing crooks while giving Tony Stark the finger. I find that really, really appealing. And the writing in this book is pretty sharp, too. But they need to do a way better job of telling me who some of these characters are. We spend most of the issue following around a girl who I guess used to be one of the New X-men, but I didn't read that book so I don't know anything about her. Then she runs into the recently depowered Beak, who really doesn't look anything like what you'd expect. Still, I love the concept, so I'll give this book a few more issue to try to win me over.
Uncanny X-Men #487: First the Starjammers, now the Morlocks. Somebody sure has a hard-on for old Claremont concepts. Between this book and the Marauders showing up in X-Men #200, everything old is new again. Not that I'm complaining, mind you, because everything is being written pretty awesome. Still, I'd like to know why Masque is alive and well these days. Last I'd heard he was dead.
GI Joe #24: Okay, I said I was dropping the book after this arc, but actually this issue convinced me to stick around a bit longer. Some really good stuff with Baroness, Destro, and Cobra Commander. Destro gets his son back, but has to trade MARS to get him, along with his other son Alexander. I think the Commander got more than he bargained for on that one. He should really know better than to underestimate Destro by now.
BPRD Garden of Souls #4: Finally, the pieces are coming together and things are starting to make sense. I really can't say this enough, it's a good story but you should wait for the trade.
Atom #12: Dwarfstar is coming back and the hunt for Ray Palmer is on. It's a fun read, but I really can't say anything more than that.
Birds of Prey #107: Simone's run is winding down and we're getting some really good stuff. The Birds and the Six team up to fight some Rocket Reds, Deadshot gets the line of the issue, and Zinda clocks Spy Smasher right on the chin. I don't know if I'll stick around after Simone leaves the book, but I guess I'll give it an issue or two at least.
Next time we should have Annihilation: Conquest. BUY IT. Seriously.
Going back to the "upgrading C level villain" part of this, take a look at Fraction's Iron Man, where the Mandarin has raised the power levels of people like the Melter, the Living Laser and Whirlwind.