Brubaker’s Cap Magic Slowly Slipping Away
Captain America and Bucky #627
With each passing issue, I can feel Ed Brubaker’s influence slowly slipping away, and pretty soon his run will end. As I read this issue, it felt as if Brubaker is sitting back and watching over James Asmus’ shoulder and nodding his head. At this point, the book is Brubaker-esque. It’s like watching a dying king reading his last edicts as he slowly slips into death.
Francesco Francavilla was one of my favorite artists of last year. His run on Black Panther with David Liss was a surprise hit, and his art style works seamlessly here as well. The monochromatic color schemes, the stark outlines, his habit of hiding character’s eyes, match the tone of the book that Asmus and Brubaker are trying to capture.
We get a glimpse of who is behind the army of “Cap killer androids,” and it appears to be a planned conspiracy orchastrated by someone in the military. Turns out, the duplicate Bucky was just a ruse put on by the “brother” of the original Human Torch, Jim Hammond, so that he could replace Captain America. By the end of the story, this “brother” has defeated Steve Rogers, donned his uniform, and looks ready to do some damage.
One gripe I have about this issue is that it wasn’t what was advertised. This issue was billed as “Captain America vs. an army of Cap killer androids,” but Captain America only fights this “army” for one page. That’s not a problem in itself, it was just a little misleading. And don’t feel bad if you can’t keep all the character’s straight: Fred Davis, Naslund, Naslund III, etc. I finally got it this time.
Overall, a very good issue, and I’m still hungry for more.
A COMIC BOOK BLOG RATING
|Continuation of Brubaker Noir||Misleading promotion|
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