Rating: 4/5 – Ending too Soon to Make Way for Secret Wars.
by ComicSpectrum senior reviewer Shawn Hoklas.
With just weeks away from Secret Wars many Marvel titles are either ending, or re-booting into into something else. Case in point being this latest Captain America series that I’ve been enjoying quite a bit. Much like writer Rick Remender’s previous Captain America run, this is an all out “superhero” take on Captain America rather than the more espionage feel of Brubaker’s Cap run we’ve seen in the past. This sixth and final issue wraps up the first and only arc of this series and in a way, sets the stage for Remender’s Hail Hydra series that will spin out of the Secret Wars event.
In the previous five issues we’ve seen Sam Wilson as Captain America and the new Nomad take on villains such as Baron Zemo, Cobra and Armadillo as they race to find a cure for a released virus intended to sterilize the world. This series has been an action packed ride and it doesn’t let up in this issue! This time its Captain America in a fight against Baron Blood who hasn’t been seen in a while, but who’s more dangerous than ever while Nomad tries to gain his revenge on Zemo after his throat was surprisingly slashed in issue number two.
If there’s any complaints with this issue and this series, its that Remender seems to have too many convenient “come backs”. In a previous issue, Captain America holds back Zemo’s sword with his hands doing what seems to be pretty intense damage. That particular moment isn’t mentioned again and something similar happens in this issue with Sam Wilson’s bird Redwing. These types of intense action scenes add to the excitement of the story, but feel less impactful when there seems to be no immediate ramifications, nor long term effects.
I love Marte Gracia’s colors and here once again they make Stuart Immonen’s art pop. Although at times his colors can get a little too creative for the page, thereby standing out a bit too much, he uses such a wide range of colors that each page is dazzling. Cap’s costume is designed and colored so well as the goggles match the wings, shield and costume and this may be my favorite “new” costume in quite a while, as nothing ever really compares to the originals. Immonen’s art is of course brilliant as always and he gets to flex those artistic muscles in this book with an issue that’s action packed from beginning to end. It’s been a pleasure seeing his take on all these classic Cap villains and his Baron Blood may be the best of the bunch.
It’s too bad that this series has to come to an end to make way for Secret Wars as I thoroughly enjoyed it. I was a huge fan of Remender’s Cap series before this, and I honestly think I like this All-New series better. The good news is that this issue ends on a surprising cliffhanger that will lead nicely into a series focusing in on Hydra written by Remender, while the bad news is we won’t be getting a monthly Sam Wilson as Cap book for at least a little while. We’ll have to settle for following him into the All-New, All-Different Avengers book which I hope does him as much justice as this series has.
Reviewed by: Shawn Hoklas
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