Review: Captain America Vol. 3 by Ed Brubaker

Captain America by Ed Brubaker, Vol. 3Captain America by Ed Brubaker, Vol. 3 by Ed Brubaker
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This isn’t a 3-star book. It’s close, and more out of enjoyment of the artwork and residual love of Brubaker’s epic Cap run.

There’s someone hunting down ex-Super-Villains who are in Witness Protection…
It’s Scourge…or at least, the new version of Scourge.

This is sorta a reboot of the Scourge of the Underworld from the 80s Marvel, who went around killing…yes, members of the Underworld.

This one is tied in with Madame Hydra, and doing things to make Cap look like he doesn’t know what he’s doing.

Dum Dum, Sharon Carter, and a few others show up, but really, the meat of the book is Cap discovering Scourge’s identity, and the ramifications of that discovery and subsequent actions.

There’s also included a classic (1987 Mark Gruenwald) Cap issue which ties into the current story.

More for the emotional toll that things take on Cap do I give this 3 stars…on the whole it could have been pared down a little.

It really feels like Brubaker is running out of gas, which seems to be what he’s transferring to Cap in this, and if so, that’s OK, because it is about the only interesting part of this.

Take or Leave, but it’s not Brubaker’s best, there’s far more Cap stories that are better.

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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: Uncanny, Volume One: Season of Hungry Ghosts, by Andy Diggle

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My rating: 2 of 5 stars

I have to say, this was actually a disappointment…

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I’ve usually really enjoyed Andy Diggle’s work. However, I really tried this because my library’s online catalogue said it was Sean Phillips artwork, but it was only just covers…
That and from where it started, I was hopeful, but it didn’t do what I needed it to do: be great.

This feels like a Brubaker/Phillips book, and that’s a great start, but then it doesn’t follow that up. For every part I liked, there were at least 2 I didn’t.

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Review: Velvet: Before the Living End, by Ed Brubaker & Steve Epting

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My rating: 4 of 5 stars

It’s no secret I’m a Brubaker fan, and an even bigger fan of his non-Supes stuff. Add to the mix Steve Epting’s superb artwork, and you’ve got yet another strong entry into the Brubaker catalogue.

This time, it’s more of the noir spy-thriller from the dark 70s.

Velvet Templeton is the secretary to the director of ARC-7, a spy agency even more secret than the CIA and MI-6 put together. Leftover from WWII operatives, ARC is the Wolverine of spy agencies (The Best at what they do, and what they do isn’t very nice).

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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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