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colonel_green ([personal profile] colonel_green) wrote in [community profile] scans_daily2010-08-27 04:59 pm

Escaping the Grave

Three scans from Black Widow #5 and four from Captain America #609.

After defeating the arc's villain, things in Marjorie Liu's Black Widow story wrap up; included is a bit here that addresses one thing some people wondered about in my post on #4.

Meanwhile, over in Captain America, Baron Zemo continues to be a very naughty boy.  He leaves a message in Bucky's apartment (seemingly written in lipstick on his bathroom mirror) to meet him where Bucky was born, which he interprets as being Fort LeHigh, Virginia, where he met Steve for the first time.

They fight.

Meanwhile, Steve, Sam, and Natasha fight Iron Hand Hauptmann, Zemo's minion through this arc; Hauptmann does pretty well, really, considering he's a nobody fighting three recognizable characters.  Eventually, of course, the heroes close the distance.

That's what you get for calling yourself "Iron Hand", dude.

You'll notice how those two pages look rather different from the preceding one; this issue is a particularly compelling demonstration of how different inking can make an artist's pencils look, because there's one artist (Butch Guice), one colourist (Paul Mounts), and three different inkers on these pages.  The results vary considerably, with some emphasizing the Kirby/Colan-esque elements, others bringing out elements of Guice's more realistic style.

Anyway, Zemo's been Batmaning everybody this entire arc, and defeats Bucky.

Zemo's playing pronoun games and such here; from Brubaker's comments on CBR about how it was good people were speculating about his motives, I'm guessing (based on Hauptmann's above comments) that he dislikes the idea of Bucky escaping his past in the way he's been trying to do, given that Zemo himself has never managed that.  Given how he's avoided killing anyone so far in this story, I'm starting to wonder if this isn't meant to be a Hunter Zolomon-style gambit.

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[personal profile] shanejayell 2010-08-27 09:45 pm (UTC)(link)
It's funny, but at the end of Born Better I thought Zemo had realized his family's 'noble history' was bullshit and was moving on.

Apparently not, sadly. *sigh*

I'm REALLY disappointed with this arch.
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[personal profile] terra 2010-08-27 09:53 pm (UTC)(link)
There's uh, no evidence that Helmut believes his legacy is a noble one. But does it continue to haunt and define him? Oh yes. Even in his rejection of his family, the name Zemo is still a core part of his character. And Born Better was all about that, wasn't it? Blood calling to blood.

I can see how some readers might want his direction to be a different one, and for Born Better to have marked a finality to the whole House of Z thing. But I think, to toss it out, is to throw away a lot of what makes the character interesting. Such is my mileage.
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[personal profile] icon_uk 2010-08-27 10:42 pm (UTC)(link)
And Born Better was all about that, wasn't it? Blood calling to blood.

About it, and about overcoming it too, IIRC.
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[personal profile] terra 2010-08-27 10:57 pm (UTC)(link)
Personally, I found the ending ambiguous. Zemo comes back to a massacre of his relatives, the point is made that fighting against one's legacy is allowing yourself to be defined by it all the same. There's kind of brief speculation about whether or not all this can ever be atoned for. Zemo points out that despite everything he still saved the world, that a binary isn't useful, but it's four issues of THE HISTORY OF ZEMO and literal blood sacrifices and then a few panels of what could possibly pass for hope, but only in a "well, we'll have to see" way, without triumph, surrounded by corpses.