Marvel seems in a very strange place right now. They have some very good books-- Journey into Mystery, Daredevil, X-Factor, Thunderbolts, for my tastes-- but there does seem to be this impetus to push every thing towards the center, which amounts to more A and X books, almost all of which seem superfluous to the big event title. It's weird: they get Walt Simonson, my favorite artist of all time and a reason to pick up any book as far as I'm concerned, to illustrate six issues of The Avengers, and it's little more than a tie-in book. People bitch about DC's new 52, but at least it seems that some creators have been allowed to push things forward (mostly the Dark line). Marvel just seems like a marketing machine, which is a shame because they have some real talent.