So, issue 4 is finally here and I actually liked it. The writing still seems simplistic in many places, but through many flashbacks it's like all the pieces finally started falling together. We got to see some real conflict between the team (minus Elektra) and Red Hulk, and we got to see them band together to rescue her.
They had a pretty decent 'gag' where at first it seems like Awa may have shot Elektra, including a nice panel with her head in shadows and dripping blood. I personally never believed she was in danger (especially looking at preview pages, covers, etc), but it was a nice visual regardless.
This book is still not the best one out there, but I think this issue has been the best one since the second issue. It filled in a lot of gaps, gave us some actual team stuff, and promises some crazy stuff in the next issue (the whole team against Madman, hopefully, and Rulk apparently trying to revive Leader with a massive dose of Gamma Radiation).
Also, with the flashbacks, it kind of makes more sense as to why the CIA would be so interested in the team; if this team is cleaning up Agency secrets, they may be afraid of what else they could uncover.
Some of my favorite moments of this book were the team-up of Punisher and Deadpool, I thought they had some good banter and I enjoyed the whole land-mine bit.
Anyway...hope everyone else who read it at least enjoyed it!