I had high hopes for Amazing Spider-Man #357 because it included an appearance by the Taskmaster, arguably the most awesome villain Marvel has. But, as is often the case, he's a little too awesome and is once again woefully underused. Instead, we get these guys:
Okay, first: "Death-Shield" means that he protects me from death, not that he inflicts death.
And secondly... why?
Back to America's Best Comics #3, back in the days when comics didn't need more than a Random Slap! (tm!):
As you saw on the cover yesterday, this is an anthology title with several characters. This includes the Black Terror, who compensated for his ironic lack of terror by shouting:
Next up, we have the Liberator, who not only has one of the most homoerotic costumes since we looked at the Red Rocket a few days ago...
... but, just like his book-mate Doc Strange, he gets his powers by drinking a serum. And while I recognize that there are only so many ways to impute superhuman powers on someone, don't you think we should at least try to keep two characters in the same comic from ripping each other off?
Hey! It's time for Fun with Out of Context Artwork! (tm!)
Depending on what part of the Liberator you're talking about, he's either in great danger or is about to have the luckiest night he's had in a looooooong while.
And finally, we had Captain Future, establishing that there was some unspoken rule from the editor of America's Best Comics that no character could have a costume with any shred of dignity whatsoever:
What is it with this comic? Two bare-legged costumes? When I was a kid, Robin made me cringe because of the bare-legged look and he was a teenager.... well, sorta. He wore that original outfit way too long. But you see what I'm saying here?
Ah, well. See you tomorrow!