Where has the Captain America from the '50s been the past few months, and what part of our modern world has welcomed him? And what will Steve and Bucky do when an old enemy tries to become a revolutionary? By best-selling writer Ed Brubaker with art by Luke Ross. Plus, Steve Rogers has returned, but Bucky Barnes is the current Captain America and has come into his own in the role. Will there be two Captain Americas? Will Bucky go back to being the Winter Soldier? What will happen? COLLECTING: Captain America #602-605, Who Will Wield The Shield? One-Shot
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This is a difficult title to review. On the one hand, the writing is still good, with a fast pace and solid dialogue, and while the art isn't quite on par with Steve Epting's earlier work with this character, it is similar enough that you can squint and pretend. This volume follows up on the evil/crazy anti-Communist Cap from the 1950s, which was necessary at some point after Brubaker reintroduced the character a few volumes ago. I also liked that Brubaker takes some time here to develop the ways in which Bucky's relationship with the Falcon is a little different from the way the original Cap and his friend interacted.
However, the main threat is once again ripped from the headlines - of Fox News. I was underwhelmed a few volumes back, when the Red Skull tried to take America down with a foreclosure crisis, and I respond in a similar way when Evil Cap joins up with the Watchdogs to ape Sarah Palin speeches about the White House neglecting Main Street. I do appreciate...
In the aftermath of "Captain America: Reborn", the regular "Captain America" series by writer Ed Brubaker returns to publication, this time illustrated by rotating artist Luke Ross (in what may be his final arc on the title), with inks by Butch Guice. This particular four-issue story ran concurrent to Marvel's larger "Siege" storyline, so it is rather low-key, to an extent waiting for the big developments to occur in the wider universe before Brubaker can move into the real next chapter in Steve and Bucky's adventures. Overall, this is a pretty good little story, though not especially remarkable in the context of Brubaker's legendary larger run. This particular storyline also drew some wholly misguided controversy, but see below. Spoilers follow.
Despite Steve's return in "Reborn", he's not to be found here (again, waiting for "Siege"); nor are Black Widow or Sharon Carter in attendance. This is basically a story about New Cap and the Falcon (Sam Wilson), as they...
Much like Wally West had solidified his spot as the preeminent Flash - before Barry Allen came back from the dead and supplanted him - I contend that James Buchanan Barnes has been more than serviceable in holding down the Captain America role. Except that now Steve Rogers is back - and never mind the awfully contrived manner he's brought back - and so the big question is will the original Sentinel of Liberty take back the shield or will Bucky stay on? The one-shot CAPTAIN AMERICA: WHO WILL WIELD THE SHIELD? - collected here in CAPTAIN AMERICA: TWO AMERICAS - settles that conundrum. This trade also reprints issues #602-605 of the ongoing CAPTAIN AMERICA comic book. And, okay, let me just SPOILERIZE it for those who don't yet know - in an unexpected twist, or at least I didn't expect it - Steve and Bucky have a heart to heart after stomping Mr. Hyde, and Steve convinces Bucky to stay on as Cap. But Steve has an ulterior motive for this. Jackson "Butch" Guice handles the artwork...
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