Writer: Ed Brubaker
Artists: Steve Epting, Mike Perkins, Frank DíArmata (colors)
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Comments: Captain America must be the best book on the stands which doesnít feature its name sake as the lead, considering he was shot to death in issue #25. While the follow-up to that issue was delayed, no doubt due in part to Brubakerís hectic schedule as well as to the hype surrounding the story, it seems the wait was well worth it as the last two issues of this title have been outstanding.
One thing we know for sure, he isnít coming back anytime soon. At a Marvel Comics panel at Wizard World Los Angeles, Brubaker, Jeph Loeb and other Marvel brass reiterated we would not be seeing anyone wearing Capís mask, and this comic opens with Tony Stark making the same statement to members of the press.
Brubaker and company do another fantastic job this month as they continue to weave a fascinating depiction of the events following Capís death. The cover of the comic is superb, with the Winter Soldier taking center stage while a still living Falcon and what looks like the ghost of Steve Rogers loom in the background.
This is appropriate considering Bucky is the thrust of the narrative now with his new resolve to find Tony Stark and kill him. Thereís a great scene which depicts how much respect some people felt for the man behind the "A" mask when an older lady says that ďThey still know how to treat a heroĒ while admiring the ongoing exhibit for Steve.
Soon, Bucky deduces that Capís real shield is not up for display and that S.H.I.E.L.D. must be holding it at some secret place. Since he believes he is the only one worthy enough to carry it, he is going to go after it.
Meanwhile, Sharon Carter, having quit S.H.I.E.L.D., feels guilty over having been brainwashed by Dr. Faustus. The reader is confronted by her desperation as she is seen on the brink of suicide in her bathroom. Fortunately, the Falcon arrives before she makes a tragic decision.
Carterís character has been handled well. Through her eyes we see the pain and confusion felt by most of Capís allies following the ordeal of the Civil War. Her situation is magnified by the fact she was in love with Steve and that she has to carry the burden of knowing she was the one responsible for his immediate demise.
While Stark and his cronies try to figure out who tampered with the Nick Fury L.M.D., Bucky figures out whoís transporting Capís shield and breaks into battle with a former ally. This sequence is tight and suspenseful and a tribute to Brubakerís sense of pacing. He keeps moving the adventure forward with skill and precision and the reader is left wanting more after every issue.
Final Word: I wasnít reading this comic before because its dark tone seemed to contrast greatly with the more colorful and light hearted Captain America comics I read while growing up. Itís a testament to Brubakerís greatness as a writer how his story has pulled me in following the events of Civil War.
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