Monday

Captain America (2011) #7, #8, #9

Captain America (2011) #7
Written by: Steve Engelhardt, no, Mark Gruenwald, no; oh yeah, Ed Brubaker
Penciller: Alan Davis
Inker:  Mark Farmer


Powerless (to stop the ripping off of Cap stories from the 70s and 80s) Part 2



OK, so, last time, Cap was having dreams about losing his powers, only to really lose his powers in a battle with the Serpent Squad/Society.  In this issue, Bravo finds out about Cap's defeat, just in time to escape from his super max prison.  Meanwhile, back at Avengers Mansion, Steve is getting tested by Stark and the Beast (hate the cat look, by the way) trying to figure out what is going on with his abilities.  Steve is concerned how Hydra or whoever is going to use the Madbombs and is itching to get into action, even though the experts say this is a bad idea. 

The Good:
Honestly, not a lot.  The only good thing is seeing Brubaker isn't screwing with Cap's dedication.  The artwork is decent, but I hate the way they are making Hawkeye look more like the guy in the upcoming Avengers movie.  Lame.  And, I hate the cat look of the Beast.  Stupid.  Overall, though, the artwork and inking were the usual high quality, even if they weren't done by the Breitweisers.

The Bad:
Really?  Mr. Brubaker, this laziness masquerading as homage is getting old.  You brought back the Ameridroid, for heaven's sake!  Now, the Serpent Squad/Society.  What next?  Tess One?  Or maybe an adventure where Cap meets Uncle Sam?  Geez....I know you are more creative than this.  This depowered storyline has been done at least twice in the last 25 years!  Come on now!
If it wasn't Cap, and I didn't love him so much, I would say skip this book.

New Hope Patriot Missile Rating:


  2 out of 5 Shields


Captain America (2011) #8
Written by: Steve Engelhardt, no, Mark Gruenwald, no; oh yeah, Ed Brubaker
Penciller: Alan Davis
Inker:  Mark Farmer
Colorist: Laura Martin


Powerless(to stop the insanity of ripping off old Cap stories) part 3



When we left Cap, he was getting ready for another fight with Cobra and the Serpent Squad.  He and Sharon Carter were engaged in fending off the squad from using the madbomb and causing mischief.  The battle is full of rather lame witticisms like "Suck my voltage!" and "Cobra is too squirrelly..."  If it didn't say Brubaker, I would think some punning hack wrote this stuff.  After the battle, Cap decides to go out and calm a rioting crowd, only to have another one of his attacks.  The crowd nearly beat the crap out of him in his weakened state, until the Falcon rescures him.  We see Queen Hydra whoring herself out to bankers and threatening them (I thought she was devoted to Codename: Bravo?).  Cap undergoes more testing and Sharon Carter thinks she can find the answer to Cap's issues, but getting the info will be very risky, and very deadly.....

The Good:
Sharon Carter's interrogation of Cobra is full of violence and passion as Carter is the woman on a mission, not just for her country, but for the love of her life.  She will stop at nothing to save Steve, even if it means going outside the purview of what is acceptable.  Also, the tributes to Cap co-creator Joe Simon were very poignant and thoughtful.  If only Brubaker put as much into his writing of Cap as the editorial staff did of their tributes to Joe.

The Bad:
Predictable story.  Sharon sets loose an old enemy to get information, leading to next issue's main battle.  Cap feeling helpless and losing faith.  Falcon saves his bacon.  Hydra engaging in subterfuge and plots within plots.  YAWN.

I never thought I would give a Cap book this low of a rating: 

New Hope Patriot Missile Rating:


  1.5 out of 5 Shields


Captain America (2011) #9
Written by: Steve Engelhardt, no, Mark Gruenwald, no; oh yeah, Ed Brubaker
Penciller: Alan Davis
Inker:  Mark Farmer
Colorist: Laura Martin


Powerless  (and damn near depressed at this point) part 4



When we last left Marvelville, Cap was skinny and weak again.  Sharon Carter had locked down the hellicarrier and had unleashed Machinesmith, and Codename:Bravo and Baron Zemo were exchanging stories about Queen Hydra during a jail break.  In this issue, Cap gets examined by Tony Stark and finds out Sharon is incommunicado. 

Sharon is more than incommunicado.  She is being chased around the hellicarrier by Machinesmith, who has taken over the workings of the facility.  Sharon's base is now her enemy, as she tries to figure out how Machinesmith is involved in this plot.  Meanwhile, Falcon is interrogating the captured new Viper of the Serpent Squad.  SPOILER ALERT:  In this set of panels, we have foreshadowing of the latest Cap plot ripoff from the past to be coming this summer:  Super Witness Protection--but someone will be hunting down the protectees (Gee, could it be a new, lame Scourge of the underworld?).  So, Falc finds out some info from Viper.  All of this leads to a hero captured, a possible Devil's bargain, and me needing some tylenol.

The Good:
Sharon Carter, Agent 13 at her best.  She is going around, kicking robot butt and taking names.  She is ruthless, but not reckless.  She is able to glean much from Machinesmith and manages to outsmart him.  Or so she thinks.  The art and colors are well done, even if the morphing robots into machinesmith are a touch lame.

The Bad:
I thought the book was called Captain America, not devoted sidekicks.  Cap is a bit character in his own book.  And this story continues to play out like all the other depowering nonsense.  I am sensing Falc is going to be given a mickey to somehow poison Cap, ala Jack Monroe 30 years ago.  Brubaker must be saving his effort for his other books, because he appears to be phoning this crap in.

This is slightly better than last issue, if only because there is lots of Sharon Carter in her outfit. 

New Hope Patriot Missile Rating:


  2 out of 5 Shields
 
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