Review: Captain America: Red Menace, Vol. 2 by Ed Brubaker

Captain America: Red Menace, Vol. 2Captain America: Red Menace, Vol. 2 by Ed Brubaker

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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Now that I have the ladies’ attention…

Volume 2 does a fine job finishing out the Red Menace story arc. If you read the last volume, the flashback about Bucky’s first love and the Red Skull’s giant robot monster, might have seemed like a tacked-on issue.
Not so.
That issue turns out to be a pivotal part of this book. But I’m not gonna spoil it for you, so get to readin’!

The majority of this one take place in London, which means you get a team-up with Union Jack and Spitfire.
Brubaker does a good job with both of these characters, so they’re actually pretty cool in this one.
Whodathunkit?!
The Master Race dorks are back, but (again) the writing is good enough to make them seem more like scary skinheads, instead of a punchline.
Well, not as much of a punchline, maybe?
Anyone who spouts the aryan race stuff is going to automatically sound a bit…
slow. No amount of excellent writing can fix that.

General Lukin and the parasitic Red Skull are still bickering about who’s in charge, but they’re starting to make progress in their relationship.
Adorable couple. Really.
Bucky is still lurking in the shadows, all guilt-ridden and angsty, but if anyone can draw him out of his shell, it’s Cap. The bromance those two have can weather any storm!
At this point in the review, feel free to scroll up and take another peek at Marvel’s movie hero.
You’re welcome.

This is good stuff, people! Go read it!


*This review, and the above GIF is dedicated to Sesana.
Someday we’ll get that unmarked white van, and go on a road trip!*

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Review: Captain America – No Escape

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Writer: Ed Brubaker  Artists:  Butch Guice, Mitch Breitweiser

Four stars!

Bucky Barnes doesn’t get any respect; not before he was miraculously brought back into Marvel continuity* or now from the petty villain, Baron Zemo, Junior.

It seems that Junior doesn’t appreciate the fact that Bucky, a man with a less than scrupulous past, should take over the mantle of Mr. Red, White and Blue himself, Captain America.  It doesn’t matter that Steve Rogers/Captain America wanted it this way, Junior still just wants to perpetuate the hate that dear old dad, Baron Zemo, Senior started.

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