Page 45 Review by Stephen
Theyre the worst kind of enemy
They think theyve been betrayed
And maybe they have
A shiny new start for Steve Rogers as Captain America with the ever-attractive, clean-cut, lotsa-light Steve McNiven (CIVIL WAR, NEMESIS, WOLVERINE: OLD MAN LOGAN) only interrupted for a few brief pages by Giuseppe Camuncoli. Dont worry; youll barely register it, like a one-second power cut. New readers will find no prior subplots carried over, so theres nothing to confound.
Steve Rogers is once more feeling his age. A soldier during World War II, he should by all rights be an old man by now, but his time in suspended animation and the anti-agapic effects of the supersoldier serum the worlds ultimate moisturiser have kept him relatively young, physically at least. Former fellow combatants have not been so lucky and today, in Paris, Nick Fury, Dum Dum Dugan, Steve Rogers and Sharon Carter have gathered together to bury Peggy Carter, Sharons aunt and Steves former girlfriend. Her work in the French Resistance was legendary but not all of their missions together were made public and some were more successful than others. When a sniper almost succeeds in targeting Duggan, Captain America gives chase only to recognise the would-be assassin as Codename: Bravo, missing in action since WWII.
Codename: Bravo was part of a covert attempt to thwart an allegiance between Baron Zemo and a new SS off-shoot called Hydra. To enter the Hydra base they were to use Jimmy Jancovicz, a bright young lad who had access to Slipstream Space, a dimension between layers of reality which he could enter, manipulate, and exit at will bringing whatever he wanted with him. For nearly seventy years now Jimmys been in a coma, but Bravos return can mean only one thing: Jimmy has just woken up.
Why is that exactly? What went wrong with the mission? And what does Bravo want now?
Its a clever little number relevant to our times and perfectly accessible to newcomers. But for readers of Ed Brubakers early books (differentiated from this series with their subtitles) and veterans older still therell be some familiar faces and a blast from the past in the form of a giant surprise. Refreshingly, some of the motives are far from obvious and the same could said of the objectives: theyre sowing the seeds of self-doubt. And doing so quite effectively.