"Brothers and Keepers, Part 2: Hunters"
Writer: Christoper Priest
Artists: Joe Bennett (p), Jack Jadson (i)
Publisher: Marvel Comics
After the seeming dead body of the Navy's version of Captain America is resurrected by the Falcon, we see the real Captain America decides that the only way he's going to get the answers he's looking for is to accept a party invitation from the morally questionable Navy officer that has declared the Falcon a traitor to the nation. The issue than ends with our heroes making a unexpected discovery that looks to be linked to the Rivas drug cartel.
Unlike his work on "Black Panther" I have to say that Christopher Priest's rather involved plots aren't really building up a sense of anticipation, but rather I find myself becoming increasingly frustrated by the idea that we're nine issues into this story, and there's still no real sign of a main plot to support the various moments of intrigue that have made up these issues. I mean perhaps I simply haven't been paying close enough attention to the big picture, but the truth of the matter is that as he starts to provide some closure I find myself wondering what exactly in the point of this exercise beyond a collection of somewhat engaging mysteries. Now I guess one could argue that M.O.D.O.K. has been the big threat that has resided at the centre of this story, and that all paths lead to this end point, but frankly I can't quite get my head around why we've received such an elaborate dog and pony show, for such a simple end result. The best sense I can make of the main plot is that M.O.D.O.K. is killing off undercover agents that have been put in place in various terrorist organizations, and we see the creature might've been turned loose by a Navy officer who looks to have a history of unleashing untested experiments upon the world. We also see there may be a third party directing the actions of M.O.D.O.K., and if I had to guess I'm thinking the big surprise that Captain America has uncovered is the dead body of this third party, which means M.O.D.O.K. is running around off his leash. In the end I'm just don't feel this is a big enough reward, given the build-up this series engaged in leading up to this point.
Joe Bennett turns in a fine looking issue, as he brings an impressive level of detail, and for the most part he manages to clearly present a fairly complex plot. I mean there's a nice little sequence where we see the Falcon recovers the body of the Navy's version of Captain America that's a solid presentation of the art's ability to convey key plot development's without any explanatory text, and the scene where Sam erupts out of the water with the stolen body was the visual highlight of the issue. There's also a nice little moment where a gun shop falls victim to a surprise attack, and the follow-up one-page shot of the Navy Captain America swinging into action is a great looking visual. There's also a nice little moment that present Captain America's agility as he pretends to chase after Sam. I also have to give the book credit for making M.O.D.O.K. into a fairly sinister looking creation with his attack on the mother and child being particularly effective.
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