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Captain America: Reborn #6

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Captain America: Reborn #6

Credits

  • Words: Ed Brubaker
  • Art: Bryan Hitch
  • Inks: Butch Guice
  • Colors: Paul Mounts
  • Publisher: Marvel Comics
  • Price: $3.99
  • Release Date: Jan 27, 2010

For almost 60 issues, starting with Ed Brubaker’s re-launch in 2005, Captain America has maintained a visual fluency and cohesiveness of story. This has let the book grow and stand out from the rest of Marvel’s big books. Brubaker and his artists successfully grounded the fantastical on a monthly basis by imbuing the book with a street level espionage tone. Through this filter, the cosmic, alien, mystical, superheroic, and coincidental all seemed fresh with new life. 

My favorite example of this is early in the series. Captain America is asked by a fellow S.H.I.E.L.D agent how he’s able to dodge bullets. Cap responds with a simple and matter of fact response, “I can see faster.” No who-y phooey explanation about the super soldier serum, beta rays, technology, or anything remotely comic book. In that moment, Brubaker was addressing the audience as well, telling us not to focus on the details of this legend or his sordid continuity, but on the actions that make him legendary. He invited us to start fresh, which proved to be a trick on his behalf. The book’s simplicity quickly grew more and more complex, becoming a bigger and bigger story as it burned on. The assassination of Red Skull, the Winter Soldier, Civil War, the death of Steve Rogers, the redemption of Bucky Barnes, the new Cap, and finally, the rebirth of Captain America. 

Now, here we are, at the climax of this grand, five year journey. Only this time, Brubaker does it big and with an Earth’s Mightiest gusto we haven’t seen in a long time.

Captain America: Reborn #6 is an extra issue in this previously solicited five issue miniseries. An early indictment of the series was the thought that this could have been accomplished in the book’s proper title, not warranting a miniseries. These last two issues are proof evident that that is not the case. Issues five and six have been one extended and well staged fight scene harkening back to some of the most extravagant themes and adventures of the early Avengers. If you consider Brubaker’s iteration of Cap in its own corner of the universe, this is how he’d have gone about introducing a huge team book and battle. It’s almost fascinating watching something of this scale in a book that for almost five years has been deceptively accessible in scope.

This was fun, fast, filled with fist pumping moments, and all around, solid entertainment. Some very crazy, almost clichéd things transpire in this story, but we follow along under the trust of Mr. Brubaker. He has gone out of his way to establish his own rules and logic, for me, starting from “I can see faster.” All of the insanity in these pages is well earned, from the army of flying Super MODOKs to the sixty foot tall evil robot vs. our heroes.

Bryan Hitch and Butch Guice cannot be overlooked, together rendering a stunning book that both maintains the main book’s style and tone while escalating the action and scope epically. Guice, who has provided art and inks at various times during Brubaker’s run, may be the common denominator of this series’ visual consistencies. 

Not being content with putting a bow on this long-form Captain America epic he’s been telling for years, Ed gives us a final few pages that conceivably set up many stories in the future. Bigger and potentially more clichéd genre tropes could be a part of Captain America’s near future. Color me excited! Having a been slipping back and forth through the time stream of his own life, Steve Rogers has not only been reliving his past, but has also become privy to his own possible futures. Futures that include very bad things for his loved ones and the world.

These are exciting times, entering into a new era of Captain America. The creative team has slickly ushered in a new status quo, while respecting the current one. I cannot praise this series, mini, and main title enough. Even at its weakest points, it provided engaging stories, genuine surprises, and an economy of story that never felt rushed or rehashed.

If you’ve been sitting this one out or waiting for the trade, then it will be a fun read on its own. If you have the resolve and extra funds, I highly recommend starting from the beginning and picking up the various hardcovers, paperbacks, or omnibi. You will not regret it.

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Comments

  • Richard Boom

    Richard Boom Jan 28, 2010 at 3:14pm

    damn...reading this makes me eager to own some stuff and DAMN I do not own one single Cap Am comic :D

  • Noel Bartocci

    Noel Bartocci Jan 28, 2010 at 4:02pm

    Boom, you have to, man!
    It's one of those books that's so consistently good, you begin to forget about it or take it for granted.
    Get the first Omnibus! It's like crack!

  • Bart Croonenborghs

    Bart Croonenborghs Jan 29, 2010 at 3:28am

    waiting for the trade on CA REBORN but it takes soooo looong! :)

  • Richard Boom

    Richard Boom Jan 29, 2010 at 6:51am

    If I had enough money I would not hesitate I guess :)
    But I am already missing the last 4 trades of DD ánd the last trade of Fables and Walking Dead ....

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