Avenging Spider-Man #5 (2012)

Avenging Spider-Man #5 (2012)
  Writer: Zeb Wells
  Artist: Leinil Francis Yu
  Inker: Gerry Alanguilan
  Color Artist: Sunny Gho

I Knew It!  Cap Was a Comic Nerd, Too!!!!!

Spidey and the Avengers are hanging out at the mansion, looking at a newspaper article highlighting comics drawn by Captain America in his youth as Steve Rogers.  The comics feature Roger Stevens, aka Star Spangled, the human tank.  Spidey steps in it when he jokes about them and Cap walks into the room....Cap proceeds to talk about how silly the stories were and how he gave it all up a long time ago.  However, our intrepid Spidey feels a sense of kinship with Cap as a fellow nerd and he tries to get Cap to reconnect to his nerd roots and take up the pencil again.

The Good:
This is just a nice story of Spidey and Cap finding something in common, with the backdrop of an Avengers mission.  Spidey is trying to get past the stoic soldier facade and get to know the real Cap.  The artwork is fantastic and the dialogue between Spidey and Cap and the awkwardness Cap feels about discussing nerddom is touching and funny.  The other characters have some good moments, but this is all about new school nerd connecting with old school nerd.  Cap gets a little insenstive at Spidey trying to help, and both realize that passions and hobbies are important parts of us that shouldn't be thrown away.

The Bad:
Do these folks at Marvel forget that Steve Rogers was once a commercial artist?  They kind of forget that, especially when Cap says that "he wasn't that good" or that art "wasn't his calling."  I mean, obviously, Captain America is his calling, but based on the past, Cap was/is a heck of an artist, so the idea we seem to forget he was an artist is just a little much.  However, it does make a nice, touching buddy story.

The Bottom Line:
I don't normally buy this book, but the good cover and Cap appearance made me pick it up. Glad I did.  It is a nice story, and a great memorial tribute to the late, great Joe Simon. 

New Hope Patriot Missile Rating:


  4.5 out of 5 Shields
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