In some ways the 'Doctor Octopus' arc could be viewed as an example of Bendis's 'decompressed' storytelling given that it ran for seven issues, Spidey and Ock don't even meet until four issues in and the story is a bit cluttered with subplots involving Justin Hammer and Kraven. Still, I enjoyed it quite a bit.
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Captain America has fought many enemies over the years, and a surprising number of them have also been "Captain America." These twisted reflections of our hero represent America's fear that we aren't who we want to be, the best of the America spirit. Instead, they are distorted by hatred and greed, the America we do not want to be.
This is the story of one such man, Fifties Cap. This story is from Captain America #155 in 1972; six pages of twenty.
( The man who would be Steve Rogers )
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Well, it's been a while. I could say I'd been doing something productive the last few months instead of posting here, but that would be mostly inaccurate. Anyhoo, four scans apiece from Captain America #618, by Ed Brubaker, Butch Guice, and Chris Samnee, and Wolverine #9, by Jason Aaron and Daniel Acuna.
( In Soviet Russia... )
Right now, my favourite comics writer is Ed Brubaker. (This might change tomorrow. I'm indecisive like that).
Brubaker's been tapped to do a surprising amount of reinvention work for the big two. He brought back Bucky Barnes as the Winter Solider, and killed Steve Rogers to explore his absence. He helped give Selina Kyle new direction back at the start of Catwoman volume two. He collaborated with Matt Fraction to revitalize Iron Fist.
These are all great series that play to his strengths as a writer: noir and 'street level' stories. His less successful big two books (*cough* X-Men *cough*) see him trying to write more traditional superhero stories. What Bru excels at: themes of betrayal, rediscovery and redemption; tight plotting, reveals, character work, brutal action sequences.
You can see him at his best in Criminal, Incognito, and Sleeper. (Or so I'm told. Haven't yet read Sleeper myself). Criminal and Incognito pair him with Sean Phillips, and imho these two were made for each other. These books are seamless - Phillps' gorgeously muddy pencils are the perfect compliment to Brubaker's harboiled neo-noir (Criminal), and his noir-pulp identity porn mashups (Incognito). I kind of want them to work together forever and ever, amen.
His work with Steve Epting on Captain America, and Darwyn Cooke and Mike Allerd on Catwoman, is also good, and whoever put together these creative teams deserves a hug. Because shit son, this is comics: just words and pictures, working towards the same storytelling goal.
Four pages from Captain America v5 #1. ( Read more... )
Four pages from Catwoman v2 #1. ( Read more... )
Four pages from Captain America: Reborn #6, which, while obviously not going to surprise anyone (not, I suppose, that it particularly would have anyway), is still good action, and has some hints at future stories.
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char: captain america/steve rogers, char: sharon carter, creator: ed brubaker, creator: bryan hitch, publisher: marvel comics
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Once upon a time, Marvel decided to commission an epilogue to Captain America: Reborn that would establish the new status quo and position the characters for both the future of their title and for Siege. In December, twas to be released. Then Reborn expanded to six issues, with the last of these coming out in January. However, all scheduling has contrived to necessitate some kind of preamble to Siege, hence, the epilogue is still coming out on the 16th. So, while you could undoubtedly guess the broad strokes of how Reborn will end from what's been talked up, this is stil a bit of an annoyance.
Anyhoo, some pages of preview art from Captain America: Who Will Wield The Shield?