Oh. I'm not just talking about one cover.(although that does really make a fantastic case for me) There is a line of obsuriity and bit parts since Peter David's run. I wish I could share in your optimism but Joe Q's run has tought me if MARVEL can make a dumb mistake they will make a dumb mistake. You can set your watch to it.
Jeff Parker's ok. He's not bad but "Excellent"? That would not be my description. "OK" would work...also "Better than some." or "Meh" I fail to think of any story arc he wrote that knocked my socks off.