I picked up two books today:
Joss Whedon and Georges Jeanty's Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season Eight #1. I was very excited about the new Buffy comic book -- Whedon himself writing what would have been season eight in comic book form (I had no idea they were going to actually have the phrase "Season Eight" on the issue itself). But now that I have it I have to admit that, in spite of the fact that it is all perfectly solid, I am not so sure I need to follow these characters anymore. Seven seasons was a long time. When, on the final page, an old character assumed dead or gone suddenly appears, I was not excited, because I do feel a little done with these characters, and this new permutation fails to revive my past interest. But I love Whedon and will stick with it for a long time because he has earned my trust with many, many good episodes and seasons of television.
Matt Fraction and Ariel Olivetti's Punisher War Journal #5. Fraction has spent two issues with stories surrounding the Punisher (rather than stories about the Punisher), which seems like a pretty good direction to go with a character like this. The Punisher is still a character I have a hard time caring about, but Olivetti's art is growing on me -- at times it seems horribly absurd at times brilliant, at times both. I am now coming around to the idea that he is a great fit with this absurd character.
Newsarama has been covering all the press surrounding the "Death of Captain America" but I have nothing to say about it, other than the fact that it is very annoying and did people not forget what a stupid stunt the Death of Superman was?
The next part of Brad Winderbaum's Satacracy 88 is up at itsallinyourhands.com (these are now coming in smaller chunks so you can get it more often, once a week). He has also launched a forum to discuss the show, so follow the link there and say something.