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Captain America vol 4 h/c

Captain America vol 4 h/c back

Ed Brubaker, Cullen Bunn & Scot Eaton, Steve Epting

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Page 45 Review by Stephen

“I was meant to be the first of a whole line of super-soldiers. Even when I was taking that formula, I never imagined I’d be the one out in front. I hadn’t wanted to wear the flag and carry that burden…
“I just wanted to do the right thing.”

I don’t know that I’ve seen that emphasised before: the fact that leadership was never what Steve Rogers craved, or expected, or thought he had any natural affinity for. He was supposed to be one of an army, not a one-man army leading the charge.

This is the closing chapter of Ed Brubaker’s epic eight-year stint on CAPTAIN AMERICA which transformed an often awkward and gaudy title into a crisp, low-lit espionage thriller thanks in no small part to the likes of Steve Epting. It’s also the finale to the four-part second series begun in CAPTAIN AMERICA VOL 1 as Madame Hydra and Baron Zemo attempt to conquer through stealth by undermining Steve Rogers’ self-confidence. Here they go for the nation’s confidence in him too, using the corporate medium of television, and it almost works: the baying mobs are completely out of control.

It’s neither as tight nor as clever as what’s led up to this, but then it’s not solo Brubaker and it does at least conclude with some considered thoughts on what the poisonous campaign has ended up inadvertently exposing. What is solo Brubaker and infinitely more satisfying is the very final issue in which Steve Rogers sits by a hospital bedside, thinks back over the earliest years and assesses the role of Captain America as an enduring inspiration to others, and his own checkered history as the man behind the mask. The original series’ first and finest artist Steve Epting returns for that quiet and contemplative celebration, after which Ed says good-bye in a final message to his readers, finishes off WINTER SOLDIER and moves on to FATALE instead. We earnestly recommend you follow.

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