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The “Real America”

April 12, 2010

     Ed Brubaker’s latest and “controversial” arc on Captain America continues with Captain America #604, which sees Bucky Barnes still being held by Bad Cap.  Bad Cap forces Bucky to put on his old Bucky costume to save the Falcon.  Elsewhere, the Falcon wakes up to discover that he’s being held on a moving train.  He eggs on one of his Watchdogs guards, giving Redwing an opening to help him escape.  He starts taking out all the guards in the train, showing that he’s actually quite a force to be reckoned with.  He was trained by Steve Rogers, after all.  He discovers that the train is full of explosives, and after he frees the captive train engineer, he finds out that the train is off to go blow up some lobbyist conference.  But the engineer thinks that’s just a distraction.  Bad Cap and Bucky head off in a plane, and Bad Cap reveals his true plan: to blow up the Hoover Dam.  Then, in the Nomad backup, Araña gives Nomad some info she found out about the Secret Empire.  Nomad is still really wary of Araña’s motives, and her suspicions seem to be confirmed when they’re attacked by Professor Power and a rabid Mad Dog.  Araña’s subsequent actions indicate that she really is on Nomad’s side, but even though she manages to beat Mad Dog and free Nomad, Nomad may not have survived Power’s poisonous gas.

     I just love how some people are so pissed off at this arc.  There really are people out there like the Watchdogs, just with less advanced tech and no Bad Cap to lead them.  There are also people who feel just like those protesters from the first issue (the Tea Party Movement) and the engineer in this issue, and believe me, they do say things as crazy as the controversial sign from the first issue.  I think all the Tea Party people and similarly-minded folks need to remind themselves that this is just a comic book, and the politics of the Marvel Universe, as well as its civilian movements, are not necessarily the same as in the real world.  Therefore, they’re not actually intended to be an insult.  Or even if they are, who cares?  It’s a comic book.  Anyway, the story itself is still strong, even if it’s not Brubaker’s finest work with Cap.  I still don’t entirely get Bad Cap’s motivations, and I feel like Brubaker could have done more with him.  I am happy to see the Falcon kick ass, since I’ve been a fan of the Falcon for quite a long time.  Luke Ross is the perfect artist for this arc, even if that one shot of the Falcon finding the explosives looks a bit odd (his eyes are a tad crossed).  All the characters look quite chiseled, except, appropriately, the older engineer, and his fight scenes are quite action-packed.  Sean McKeever and David Baldeón’s backup is still boring, especially considering the fact that we know that Nomad will survive this and lead the new Young Allies team.  She is way too suspicious of Araña, to the point that it makes her less likable as a character.  I was rooting for Araña the whole time, not the person who’s the supposed main character.  Fortunately, this backup won’t last forever.  And Baron Helmut Zemo is coming back!  Now that’s exciting.

Plot: 8.9      Art: 9.2      Dialogue: 8.8      Overall: 8.8

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. April 12, 2010 1:19 pm

    personally, i dont see what the fuss is about. I want more rogers, and less bucky captain america. Unfortunately, looks like bucky cap is here to stay.

    • artofwar11 permalink
      April 12, 2010 2:10 pm

      I’m not really a fan of what most people describe of as the “static” nature of comic books, and Bucky as Cap is one way in which the Marvel Universe is moving forward rather than just retreading old storylines and keeping characters from aging. Plus, Brubaker really gets Bucky and most of the characters he’s used in this book, naturally Steve included. So while I do love the original Cap, I’m a big fan of where Brubaker is taking this book. But hey, to each his/her own.

  2. April 12, 2010 3:04 pm

    i completely agree with moving things forward, and i’ve loved brubaker’s stuff on cap, but there’s only one true cap: Steve Rogers

    • artofwar11 permalink
      April 12, 2010 5:40 pm

      See, that’s how I used to feel before I read his take on Bucky as Cap. That’s not to say that everyone should and will feel the same, but Brubaker changed my mind on thinking that only Steve could be Cap.

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