Johnny Bullet
Marvel Comics
Captain America #37
By Hervé St-Louis

June 29, 2008 - 13:41

Publisher(s): Marvel Comics
Writer(s): Ed Brubaker
Penciller(s): Steve Epting
Inker(s): Steve Epting
Colourist(s): Frank D'Armata
Letterer(s): Joe Caramagna
Cover Artist(s): Jackson Guice
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Through visions and flashbacks, the Red Skull exposes his plans for America and how he planned many years ago to corrupt it from the inside. His plans are almost real now and all that stands in his way is the new Captain America. While the Falcon storms at Tony Stark, Director of SHIELD for making Bucky Barnes the new Captain America, the former Hawkeye, Clint Barton, who also wanted to become the new Captain America, wants to test the new pretender to the title.  Will Barton and Barnes fight?

Showing developments on the supposedly revived Captain America at the end of each issue just makes the plot drag while not much happens this issue. As good a build up as this whole story is, it’s time for readers to get more climatic events and stepping stones.  The story is still multi-layered and good, but even the arrival of the new Captain America in issue #34 wasn’t an event issue. It just continued the same road.  I’m hoping Brubaker will have some real payback and delights to offer readers next issue.

Epting works hard at recreating entire sets that look real. For example, the introductory pages in 1945’s Paris, is quite vivid and respectful of actual Parisian architecture. When added to his fine depiction of characters, it creates a whole world that is almost like a film. Some of the main characters’ faces are starting to look the same, but that’s a small caveat.

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