Monday, November 28, 2011

Captain America #4 - Review


Steve Rogers is no longer Captain America. The world now runs on cars powered by salt water, space has been colonized, and all conflicts have ended. Too bad that it's just a sick and twisted dream world where Rogers is the puppet! As Cap fights for his life in the world of dreams, Nick Fury, Sharon, and Falcon fight to save him from the dreamscape. But HYDRA has other plans, and Bravo, Cap's old partner, isn't letting him go without a fight.

Written by Ed Brubaker and drawn by Steve McNiven, this issue of Captain America was just as exciting and beautifully constructed as the previous three issues. Brubaker writes a version of Cap that I can really get behind. He embodies everything you think a man out of time who believes in the American dream would, and he does it without being cheesy. There are some wonderful moments were we get to see what Cap actually wants out of fighting evil and protecting his home, and it's things that any person with power and a strong sense of justice would want.

McNiven's art really compliments the story. It's got a strong style of realistic and comic book classic elements that make every panel as strong as the last. You can feel every punch, every thought, and every explosion on the page. I'm a little sad that I didn't get a great shield slice depiction from him in this issue, but I'm sure there'll be more to come.

This issue gets a strong 4.5/5 for continuing the legacy of one of Marvel Comics' greatest heroes, and one of fiction's greatest role models. Stars and stripes all the way.

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