Captain America (2011) #3

Captain America (2011) #3
  Writer: Ed Brubaker
  Penciller (cover): Steve McNiven, Mark Morales, Justin Ponsor
  Inker: Jay Leisten
  Letterer: Joe Caramagna
  Editor: Lauren Sankovitch, Tom Brevoort
  Orig. Published: September 21, 2011

Cap vs. the Ameridroid?  Thankfully, for only a few pages.  The Ameridroid was an interesting gimmick…in the 1970s.  Here, he is just a run of the mill retconned villain.  Brubaker revamps his story to be more about being a jealous Nazi than a jealous movie star.  Thankfully, Brubaker finishes with the Ameridroid not too long into the story.  The mystery between Hydra and Bravo deepens.  While Cap is busy taking down the Ameridroid, Sharon Carter goes one on one with the new and improved Baro Zemo, who appears to be working with Bravo and Hydra.  Gone is the damsel in distress Agent 13 from the past.  This Sharon Carter can handle herself quite well, but she still gets thrown out a window, to be rescued by Cap.  And, the Ameridroid battle seemed a little too easy.  Is it all some type of plot?  And, why should Cap be afraid of dreams?  And who is that very seductively drawn woman in the shower talking to Bravo named Grace? 

This issue is much better than last issue.  The artwork is superb.  The story is finally coming together.  Overall, I think Brubaker is a very good writer, but I think he is overrated in the sense that he gets originality points for using other people’s plot ideas (killing Cap and having a sidekick replace him, and having Cap come back when sidekick is killed playing hero, etc.) and his retconning of perfectly fine characters like the Ameridroid from Cap’s past.  It is nice to see Hydra back in the forefront.  Also, I am glad this is Cap as we know him, the never give up Cap.  Glad there is no Fear Itself tie-in, as well.  What is Bravo’s agenda?  What is Grace’s ?  Will Sharon Carter be seen in a bikini?  Will Nick Fury smoke more cigars?  All are important questions. 

Brubaker actually has me wanting to come back for more, which hasn’t happened in a while.  Finally, a Cap story that could actually be something original from Bru instead of his "re-imagining vision" of something someone else did years ago....

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