December 11, 2013 - A change in business
Cap is much better. Much.
Comes to an end
After last month, I thought the book had taken a jump into greatness - and it had - but much of the last section really jumped back again.
I wish that this had the energy to stay pumping throughout the remainder of the story - but it sort of cheaped out too many times. Like it burned off most of its greatness getting TO this point - instead of having the energy to carry on to its end.
When watching many a movie, I've gotten to the end, and thought that the writers had put themselves too far into a corner - and couldn't write out of it at all. This came exactly to that corner in this comic.
It wasn't a bad issue. It just felt too clean. It seemed like everyone - Mike, and Nettie included - but certainly the line of villains - all came to a quick closure - without learning much of anything at all. And that's too bad. It had started to get good. And next issue - it DOES get good. For five issues.
A great way to change the direction.
Strangely, X-Men and Captain America both are taking a great turn in their writing lately. Both have a new sense of what comic book writing had become - and both embraced these changes to really seek out a mature audience. This book looked hard beyond the old pummel the bad guy. And it felt a LOT like the Nick Fury or espionage sense of Captain America that had been so desperately missing in so much of these comics.
I also loved seeing the Avengers as a part of the story - instead of just on the sidelines, too. In this instance in particular, so poignantly, the team recollected the importance of Rogers through the story - and even became the central force either for - or the victim that Cap had to fight.
Finally - the most important change- that Steve and Captain America can go back underground - and fight as an image - not as a public figure. Makes him a bunch more like Spider-Man, too. Hmmm....