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Book Title: Captain America: Winter Soldier|
The author of the book: Ed Brubaker
Edition: Hachette Partworks Ltd.
Date of issue: 2012
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Reader ratings: 3.1
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I’m not gonna toss a tantrum or spew geek rage all over this review (though I may stomp my feet once or twice), but seriously, folks, a lukewarm quality Cap graphic novel written by Ed Brubaker is just a teary-eyed disappointment for me. Eddie is one of the elite comic writers working today (or ever) and Cap has become his signature series. Before Brubaker came along, Cap was a softening, 1950's anachronism with the beginnings of man-boobs. Ed took Cap's aging, saggy bottom and re-forged him back into a steel-eyed, bone-breaking block of iron kick-assery.
He deserves full props for that.
However, with that kind of accomplishment comes the baggage of high expectations and low tolerance for pooch-screwing and this one just didn't work for me overall. There were flashes of "oh yay" but the potential was too often squandered and the awesome never came close to filling upl the fanboy happy tank.
What exactly twisted my Calvins in a bunch, you ask? Well, don't get your own all knotted up with impatience and I'll tell you.
Let me begin with a brief analogy that hopefully will help explain. If you'll forgive my rival-company reference to DC, Cap has always been a perfect cross between Superman (i.e., high ideals, apple pie principles and an unwavering symbol of hope and freedom) and Batman (i.e., a results orientated, "in the trenches" fighter obsessed with bringing down the bad guys). Cap is the honorable soldier dealing with really nasty bad guys and not afraid to bring the pain when necessary. [I know, I know...I can hear the nerd alarm going off too, but please try and ignore it and pay attention.]
HOWEVER...(are you listening ED?)
...unlike Batman, Cap has never lost the battle with his darker side or silenced his basic humanity and has always maintained his “Superman-like” positive outlook about people and society. This is what makes Cap…Cap. He's always been the perfect combination of "tough" and "moral" when it comes to superheroes and that’s why he’s always been one of my favorites. [Would somebody please turn that bell off?!!]
Unfortunately, Brubaker stubs his pen a little bit on the altar of trying to make Cap more flawed and accessible…more of a "real" person. I’m great with the thought, but in doing so, he ended up painting Cap as a bit of a "burn out" with some significant emotional baggage. C'mon, Eddie...Caps not a Dr. Phil guest looking to open up a dialogue with his inner child. A little depth and some personality warts are great, but don't turn Cap into a basket case.
What I found so strange about Brubaker’s stumble is that I thought he got Cap's voice perfect in the first volume of the Winter Soldier series. [Rumor is that I may have actually squealed with delight, but you'll never prove anything]. I just think in this one, he poured too much “anti” into Cap's character and lost the proper balance.
NOTE: My nerdy outpouring of nerdfangeekboy is almost spent so please just bear with me for a tad longer.
I know the above sounds mega nasty and I don't mean it to sound that negative. I still mostly enjoyed the story and there were parts that were excellent. I just know how talented Brubaker is and how unequaled he is writing Cap and so was bummed that I didn’t get a stronger effort from him.
Overall, smack dab between okay and a weak like. Call it 2.5 stars. You can do so much better Eddie...let's buckle up and get it right next time.
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Read information about the authorEd Brubaker (born November 17, 1966) is an Eisner Award-winning American cartoonist and writer. He was born at the National Naval Medical Center, Bethesda, Maryland.
Brubaker is best known for his work as a comic book writer on such titles as Batman, Daredevil, Captain America, Iron Fist, Catwoman, Gotham Central and Uncanny X-Men. In more recent years, he has focused solely on creator-owned titles for Image Comics, such as Fatale, Criminal, Velvet and Kill or Be Killed.
In 2016, Brubaker ventured into television, joining the writing staff of the HBO series Westworld.
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