I think everyone gets that something happens to Cable which causes him to lose an eye, Axel. The better question is why does he wear a patch instead of just putting in a bionic replacement. After all, if he can replace an arm with a futuristic bionic one why not an eye?
Ha. Most likely that is the honest truth behind it, and nothing more. "It looks hardcore."
Sue's response to those mean, nasty letters is simply ridiculous but the answer that she was the deciding factor in some adventures within the first dozen issues said that fans wanted and the creators intended to give them female characters that could play on a level field with the men. The results were uneven. Natasha was usually competent. Wasp and Scarlet Witch varied with the story. Jean Grey tended to collapse anytime she had to push beyond normal exertions. Medusa was a strong personality standing up to Gorgon early on. Crystal was less her own woman, being Johnny's girlfriend, but could beat the Wizard, a respectable villain at the time, all by herself.
It was probably fair for its day, but it could have just said "She's a hero and a full member of the team -- get used to it."
The parade of Marvel Zombies series have continued to be somewhat successful at least, I'm assuming by the fact they keep on doing them.
In the meantime, there's the great Infernal Man-Thing mini.
Multiple She-Hulk runs
And in between all of that was Marvel Divas (heh).
I think the direction and effort they've put into the new Captain Marvel is very positive. It says to me they want to make her a key fixture in their roster of characters, maybe their answer to Wonder Woman or something.
Other than that it's true there's not many other examples of females taking key positions of importance in current books, but there's been X-Men Legacy which may as well be called "Rogue and Friends".
Next time, it'll be somebody else's turn.
As for Captain Marvel, I think it is great news that it sold out. However, what really matters is how it performs long-term. There have been many series that "sold out" the first issue or arc, only to quickly drop.
The response to the first issue, from both readers and critics, seems mixed. It would have been great if people were completely "wowed" with it like they were with Wonder Woman #1, Batwoman or Hawkeye. Nonetheless, I enjoyed it enough to see what happens in the first arc!
Nanny: The True Phoenix Egg
In the end though, its not really a concern of the readers, it's a concern for people working on the book. You're paying for the issue you're buying right now, not the one a year from now. You'd be a happier reader not sweating the business stuff.
Also, not sure if anyone's noticed, but everything on earth gets "mixed reviews" in this day and age solely because everyone's voice can be heard and the universal desire to be contrary and stand apart. Show me a good Daredevil review, I'll show you someone who thinks we're doing it all wrong.