Thursday, August 9, 2012

Captain America: Red Menace Ultimate Collection

Captain America: Red Menace Ultimate CollectionCaptain America: Red Menace Ultimate Collection by Ed Brubaker
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Crossbones and Sin are on a rampage across the Midwest, attacking AIM outposts. Cap and Agent 13 head to Europe and team up with Spitfire and Union Jack to protect Aleksander Lukin and find Bucky.

Ed Brubaker's stellar Captain America run continues. We get Crossbones deprogramming the Red Skull's daughter, an untold tale of Captain America, Bucky, and the Howling Commandos from World War II, and a trip to merry old England to team up with Union Jack and Spitfire. Cap and Bucky briefly team up, which was more satisfying than their brief clash in the last volume.

The villains were well done. What's going on with Aleksander Lukin anyway? I liked the parts focusing on Crossbones and Sin. Master Man was as inept as always. Was he based on Miracleman/Marvelman originally? I loved the interactions between Cap, Agent 13, Spitfire, and Union Jack.

Honestly, there's not a lot else to talk about. Brubaker is the master of pacing and managed to take a fairly cheesy robot and make it a credible threat. So far, Brubaker's run on Captain America is everything a comic should be. Four easy stars.

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