CAPTAIN AMERICA #42
Reviewed By David O’ Leary
Cover Date: November 2008
Story by: Ed Brubaker
Book Summery: The final chapter of the epic 'Death of Captain America' saga is here! The New Captain America, the Falcon, the Black Widow, Sharon Carter - all in a final showdown with the Red Skull and his minions for the future of America!
“The Man Who Bought America—Part Six”
There are few books that have consistently delivered one great issue after another for so long and be just about universally praised for it. This is one such book. After a 41 issue story that concludes to a degree here (Issue 10 doesn’t count as it was a one shot tie in for the House of M story), Brubaker & Co. breath a sigh of relief that it is over. And so much ground has been covered that I would need a whole separate report on it to tell you all.
The story comes just about full here in this one and Bucky picking up the mantle now will pave the way for some interesting stories in the times to come. One plot thread that was left dangling that I would to see more of is the other Captain America, the 1950’s Steve Rogers. I would hope that he will play a big part in things to come. Apart from a few plot threads left hanging, Brubaker finishes up the arc with some of the most satisfying scenes and conclusions yet delivered. Marvel must realise how much of a staple this title is of the exceptional quality that can be delivered into a readers hands on a regular basis. Brubaker gives the Red Skull a brilliant way out slash punishment that left me kinda giggling to be honest and I would love to see him deal with it in a future issue. There are two panels where Sam is holding Sharon late in the issue and in the embrace that he has her in you can’t help but see the relief that he has that he did not find another friend dead. I wonder if a relationship is on the horizon as Sam being her emotional shoulder would make sense to bring in companionship between the two. It would be an interesting addition to the book.
One thing I have to mention is the continuity of the art and there was a lot of help on this issue with two pencil credits and three inker credits. But it seemed seamless throughout. Just so much layered intrigue was added to the overall story by this and in years to come when this story will be looked back upon it will be mentioned in the same breath as the strong writing.
This has really been the thoroughbred in Marvels stable in recent years and I can’t wait to see where Brubaker takes it from here now that Bucky is settled into the role. I would like to see some kind of relationship between Sharon and Sam and more of 1950’s Cap please. I’m an 80’s child!
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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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