Captain America #41
Reviewed By David O’ Leary
Cover Date: October 2008
Story by: Ed Brubaker
Book Summery: The epic 'Death of Captain America' tale hits its penultimate chapter... and the final battle between the New Captain America and the people who killed Steve Rogers begins here!
"The Man Who Bought America: Part Five"
Ed Brubaker has done a praiseworthy job of holding my interest in his epic run so far and with just one issue left in the “Death of Captain America” story, he just keeps coming up with the goods. With a few plot threads still left dangling I can’t see how he will tie them all up in issue 42 but that’s perfectly okay as it means that you can look forward to seeing how they will be developed in future months and arcs.
Issue 41 opens with Bucky and Falcon playing a game of cards with one of the wittiest remarks I have read in a while in which Falcon owes Bucky $250 but with Bucky looking for payment in Euros as he is a “realist and it’s a capitalist world”. The ease in which Brubaker can direct a scene and have the two characters interrelate with such simplicity is a credit to him. His ability to jump from scene to scene and tie it all together plays better than most of the thrillers you can think of. It is nigh impossible to review an issue of Captain America without mentioning the most consistent art team of any series out there today in Steve Epting, Rick Magyar and Frank D’Armata. They, along with frequent collaborator Butch Guice have woven almost indistinguishable art from each other and it’s oh so pretty. The art combined with D’Armata’s over-rendered colours are so intrical in setting the scene for Brubaker’s dialogue that it is hard to find much fault with this title. But the only fault I can find, and it’s minor, is that this the only 42 part epic I have ever read and that it has taken over the course of the last four years or so to tell it, is just too long. It is down to Brubaker being able to bring you back every issue with a cliff-hanger from the previous one that makes it worthwhile.
The continuing rolling along of the various plot threads such as the recapture of 1950’s Steve, Red Skull and Armin Zola’s plan to separate the former from Lukin, the Senator Wright issue and of course Sharon’s hospitalisation from what happened in issue 40 show that there is a lot going on. But the final page here where Bucky finally refers to himself as “I’m Captain America!” for the first time was just fantastic. And that is just the cliff-hanger that makes sure that I will be returning next issue.
One of Marvel’s best titles delivers another solid issue and with the final issue of the “Death…” arc next month it is set up nicely for Bucky to take the mantle that Steve left and run with it. Make no mistake Brubaker is on a run that will be talked about for many years to come.
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Name: David O' Leary
Been reading comics: for about 12 years now.
Review Bio: I am a 26-year-old Hotel Manager from the west coast of the Republic of Ireland and think this is a great way to talk to others about this cool medium. I am a husband to one wife and father to one girl (so far).
Favorites: ONI's Whiteout, Vertigo's Scalped and Garth Ennis Preacher and Punisher in Trades. In comic form I am reading a lot of Marvel and a bit of IDW, Dark Horse & WildStorm among others.
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