Sunday, May 27, 2012

Captain America #10-11 (2011)

Captain America #10 (2011)
Writer: Ed Brubaker
Penciller: Alan Davis
Inker:  Mark Farmer
Colorist:  Laura Martin

Powerless Part 5...Please God let this end.....




An attack on the superhuman prison the Raft by Hydra agents enabled the escape of Codename Bravo.  Whle trying to recapture him, the Falcon is exposed to the madbomb.  While this is going on, Steve Rogers has been depowered (again....).  Sharon Carter risked her life and the helicarrier to get the information for the cure to Steve's ailment from the evil Machinesmith, offering him freedom for the cure.  Will the cure work?  Will Cap be able to save Falcon?  What will Cap think of Sharon letting Machinesmith escape?  When will Brubaker quit rehashing others work, I mean, this time we are at the heart of, I believe, Kirby's 1970s run on Cap. 

The Good:
Finally, Steve gets his powers back.  Hopefully, this will be the last damn time this happens.  the artwork is very good.  Davis is an excellent artist, and the colors by Martin and Inks by Farmer are very well done.  The shadowing in the riot scenes with the Falcon, highlighting his crazy eyes, are fantastic.  I also like the way Sharon deals with Machinesmith escaping.  Very clever.

The Bad:
OK, I am about sick of Bravo being some type of mastermind.  If he was so damn good, how come he couldn't figure a way out of the other dimension for 60 years?  I don't like the idea of Captain America being played so easily.  Please do not turn Bravo into Cap's version of Bane, to break him and such.  I get the hint of that in Bravo's dialogue while trading blows with Cap.  Also, the anger Cap shows about the news and such, his seemingly to be angry about America rather than hopeful, is not Captain America.  Cap may get angry at the administration, at the media, but he is never, ever angry with America or the dream.  Don't like where that is heading.....

Bottom Line:
At least this current arc is over, but I wish Bravo would have been a one and done villain.  His and Queen Hydra's relationship is sketchy, his pathos and rationales are rather lame.  And, as per his usual lately, Bru seems content to just open up some old issues of Cap and sample here and there.  Next up, the dominant Cap story arc of the middle to late 80s, pre Flag Smasher!  Maybe "Justice will be served..."  or something.....

New Hope Patriot Missile Rating:


  2.5 out of 5 Shields


Captain America #11 (2011)
  Writer: Ed Brubaker
  Artist: Patch Zircher
  Color Art: Paul Mounts

A Shock to the System would be Something Original from Brubaker


Unknown to most of us, Captain America and Co. have been giving criminals who cooperate new identities and a form of super powered witness protection, with it the opportunity to reform and try to live a life free of crime.  However, something from the past is throwing a wrench into the program....in the guise of "serving Justice..."

The Good:
The new art team is pretty good.  Davis and Co. were excellent, and Zircher and Mounts pick up the slack well and carry on with some great scenes and colors to match.  As far as the script for the issue, there is some excellent dialogue between Cap and others.  Seeing Dum Dum Dugan and Diamondback working together was quite good.  Not sure about her new look.  Glad she has the same attitude.  Nice also to see that they are taking Dum Dum a little more seriously.  The new look for what can only be called the new Scourge of the Underworld reminds of Bane mixed with the Comedian from Watchmen when he is wearing his "bondage" mask.  I prefer the old look (see Cap from the 1980s, circa issues in the 315-339 range, I think.)

The Bad:
Once again, Bru goes to the "other guys" work again.  The Scourge of the Underworld....again?  But this time, Hydra is behind it all.  But....isn't Hydra evil as well?  Why would they work with Scourge?  Don't know.  Scourge's outfit looks lame, and Diamondback's look (the brief glimpses we get) just doesn't seem right.  I don't miss all the pink, to be sure, but the brown and gold reminds me of bodily functions.  Kind of like Brubaker's creativity.  A new Scourge, and one who looks lame?  Ugh.  At least Cap isn't depowered or railing about how the news just lies or stuff like that, so he earns points there. 

Bottom Line:
Aside from the fact that Scourge is yet another recycled character idea, the story is set to be much better than what we saw in the last arc, or what we are seeing over at Cap and Hawkeye, or A vs. X, for that matter.  At least we are getting back to Cap dealing with issues that boil beneath the surface.  He is in the spy game but not a secret agent.  He is defending the rights of those that he disagrees with.  I guess the total unoriginality of just recycling Scourge will be excused in that, especially with the ties to Diamondback, this looks like it could be a very nice espionage story.

New Hope Patriot Missile Rating:


  3.5 out of 5 Shields
 
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