Red, white and blue never looked so good. The Captain America Corps are down to the wire. Writer Roger Stern and Phil Briones pack in the action of these major athletes as they try to prevent the unraveling of the multiverse. The culprit? A femme fatale harboring a grudge against Captain America abducted the frozen Steve Rogers from every possible earth.
Red, White and Blue
Stern in this final issue reveals where exactly the villainess has been storing her frozen slabs of beef, and it’s at once elegant and fitting in terms of continuity. Furthermore, the solution wordlessly eliminates the need for explaining how exactly the team will return the Captains. It’s a little bit more complex than simple teleporting.
The final battle isn’t really one where he heroes simply beat the tar out of the villains. Mind, you there’s a lot of that with the villainess’ flunkies; all having a tie in some way to Captain America, including Shining Star, whose connection surprised and made me smile simultaneously. Instead, it’s a question of pure heroism versus the aims of a madwoman.
None Shall Pass
Phil Briones achieves a complete mini-series this time. I’m still a little raw as to his being replaced on the final issue of White Tiger, and in every issue, he really demonstrated a feel for these characters. He gave John Walker, the normally asinine U.S. Agent a modicum of unexpected dignity to gibe with Stern’s even-handed portrayal of the character. The Agent may be a jackass at times, but he’s not a racist, nor can he be considered an anti-hero. He’s not a great hero, but under the proper direction, he’s a good one.
The American Dream, however, is a great one, and both Briones and Stern realized her enormous potential. It’s such a pity that the MC2 Universe folded, but it’s fantastic that we can visit once in awhile. Briones and Stern gave Bucky a much better personality as Captain America than others had given him, and their original Commander-A was a superb heir to the legacy. I know it would be impossible, given the nature of the comic book and the characters, but I wouldn’t mind an entire series devoted to the Captain America Corps.
Ray Tate’s first online work appeared in 1994 for Knotted. He has had a short story, “Spider Without a Web,” published in 1995 for the magazine evernight and earned a degree in Biology from the University of Pittsburgh. Since 1995, Ray self-published The Pick of the Brown Bag on various usenet groups, where he reviewed comic books, Doctor Who novels, movies and occasionally music. Circa 2000, he contributed his reviews to Silver Bullet Comic Books (later Comics Bulletin) and became its senior reviewer. Ray Tate would like to think that he’s young at heart. Of course, we all know better