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CAPTAIN AMERICA 31

By Ed Brubaker and Steve Epting

This month brings us Act 2 for the “Death of Captain America” story arc. And with the recent coverage of the new Captain America, most people assume that this is the chapter that will lead Bucky (a.k.a. Winter Soldier) into finally donning the uniform. Personally, I hope this isn’t the case. Ever since his reintroduction, I’ve found the character a great addition to the current Marvel Universe. To bring him back just to fill Steve’s shoes would be a shame, and reduce this character to a mere plot device. I’d be surprised if Brubaker actually takes this route.

The majority of this issue revolves around the mental torture of Bucky Barnes. The events from his past have been altered by Dr. Faustus, and play out differently than he should remember. He paints Captain America in a totally different light in an attempt to bring Bucky back to the other side, but with all the brainwashing this character has been through, I’d be surprised to see him turn. Each altered memory is consistently met with failure until the very end of the book, and even at that, you must question if it was actually successful. My vote is no. What do you think?

The art for this book is consistently solid. It’s dark without feeling bleak. I’ve said it time and again that Epting was the perfect choice for this book, and my opinion still hasn’t changed. Every image is rendered with a great attention to detail.

For my money, this book is still a must read. And with the release of this month’s issue, it’s a perfect jumping on point for all. Pick this title up!


MARVEL ZOMBIES 1

By Robert Kirkman and Sean Phillips
First off, I’ve never read a single issue of Kirkman’s other zombie series, The Walking Dead. Friends have told me to pick it up, but I’m reading enough as it is. I can barely get to what’s in my bin these days, let alone add an entirely new series. However, since I’d read the initial Marvel Zombies, I felt compelled to get this follow-up.

Though I enjoyed this issue, the impact of the heroes-turned-zombies is gone. I’m starting to feel that this idea is a bit played out. We’ve had the Ultimate incarnation of these beasts, the first series, the Evil Dead crossover, a ton of variant zombie covers, and now this. Don’t get me wrong, I liked this issue well enough, it’s just that it didn’t feel fresh. And I’m assuming the overall story will be a good one, but I can’t help thinking that its inevitable success will spawn yet another act.

All in all, a good start, but I’m still on the fence. If you’re looking for your zombie fix, pick this book up. Just don’t expect its gained any new ground.

THE MIGHTY AVENGERS 5

By Brian Michael Bendis and Frank Cho

Though the first issue of The Mighty Avengers was extremely promising, its follow-up installments have been less than stellar. We’re already on issue five, and Ultron is pretty much where she was at the start. Every issue has been filled with fighting and more fighting. Not that this isn’t enjoyable to look at, it’s just starting to seem directionless. And then coupled with all the shipping delays, any impact Bendis may have hoped to create with the conclusion of this current arc is impossible.

For my money, I’d wait for the next arc to start which probably won’t happen until summer of 2008.


ULTIMATE X-MEN 87

By Robert Kirkman and Yanick Paquette

I think I now realize why my opinion of this book has been so middling lately. A couple weeks back, I started rereading some of my much older issues of Ultimate X-Men. And no matter what threat the team was facing, there was this amazing interplay between characters, an engrossing team dynamic. This is just something lacking in these current issues, and makes me miss the old team. You could always count on Cyclops and Wolverine going toe-to-toe, Bobby Drake making an offhanded remark, or Kitty Pride doing something she wasn’t supposed to. I’m not sure I’ll ever get onboard with where this book is headed.

It was an okay issue but bring back the old team. They’re where the excitement dwells. Pass.


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Dana Severson is one of your resident reviewers of all things
Marvel. He is often found red-eyed and filled with caffeine.