TRINITY #3: This issue largely consists of the JLA fighting off new villain Konvikt. The Big 3 don't show up until the end, teasing a Superman/Konvikt fight next week. That's fun and all, but that doesn't make THIS particular issue worth reading. And the back-up seemed awfully inconsequential. Thumbs down.
JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA #22: If there's one thing I can say about this re-launch is that the bad issues are pretty bad and the good issues feel too short. This is another good issue that felt way too short, as the plot involving the Red Tornado and the remnants of Amazo thickens in a big way. Dwayne McDuffie's run has been largely unmemorable so far, but this story arc is off to a good start. And props to the new Red Tornado/Amazo design. Thumbs up.
GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY #2: There's a figure encased in ice with a Captain America shield. But it's not Steve Rogers. It's actually Vance Astro (!) in a shocking display of continuity. My interest is rising. Also worth catching for the fight against the Universal Church. Thumbs up.
INCREDIBLE HERCULES #118: The way to the Skrull pantheon goes through Nightmare's realm. The God Squad runs through Nightmare and Hercules shows why he's rapidly becoming Marvel's biggest pimp. I am, however, not impressed with the tease of Amadeus Cho's DOG being teased as the next Skrull reveal. This book wins in spite of the Secret Invasion tie-in. Thumbs up.
WOLVERINE #66: Mark Millar warps us 50 years in the future where Wolverine becomes Clint Eastwood, supervillains are ruling various territories, and the greatest threat to mankind are the grand-offspring of Bruce Banner. I'm eager to see where this is all going. Thumbs up.
ANGEL: AFTER THE FALL #9: We now return to our main story, where Angel Investigations takes it to the forces of hell, complete with a nifty double cross on the evil side. I'm simultaneously shocked and pleased that they actually remembered the Loan Shark from a filler episode of Buffy The Vampire Slayer. The mystery of what's going on with Fred and Illyria is very interesting and it's not only got me sold on the last couple of issues of this series, but also has me sold on Spike: After the Fall, which hits stores in July and promises to go into more detail on that plot element. The only complaint here is that I still have no freakin' clue what's going on with Gunn. Aside from that, this is an easy Thumbs Up.
Psycho Pirate's a good theory. Sure, Black Adam gave him an EYEPOKE OF DEATH, but since when do deaths in comics ever stick? I'm still guessing it's a rogue Monitor, but Psycho Pirate would fit the bill just as well.