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The Good

When a character’s been around as long as Captain America, eventually things like retcons and reimaginings stop feeling like a slap in the face and start feeling more and more like necessities. While Cap’s origin of being frozen means he’ll never need transplanting out of World War II, many other facets of his life have been updated with more modern sensibilities. But one thing that’s never been in question is the purity and goodness of his past: Captain America had a spotless record even before he was Captain America. Charles Soule has taken a tremendous risk in introducing a horrific event that could change how the world perceives both Steve Rogers and Captain America. Last issue gave us Cap, now aged, seeking help from Jenn Walters in a wrongful death lawsuit brought on by the descendents of one of Cap’s peers. But he didn’t want to win via technicality or legal trickery, he wanted the case to move forward. And then we got the revelation that the prosecutor was none other than Matt Murdock. This issue gives us the trial and the aftermath of the first day. Soule makes this issue sizzle, in spite of the fact that not a great deal happens on the level that superhero books often do. This is an issue where almost all the action is derived from the dialog and the the courtroom interactions of the characters. We learn more about the accusation and even more about why Murdock would take a case like this one. Every single character in it, even the ones we only catch glimpses of, are filled in and interesting, from the main ones to the side ones, and the dialog is fantastic. Jenn and Steve in particular, with Steve being almost infuriatingly fair-minded, but also impossible to disagree with and Jenn putting on a brave face while bemoaning the direction the trial goes in.

Javier Pulido’s visuals are asked to do something a little different this issue: tell a more straightforward and grounded story than previous issues. I didn’t realize it until the issue was over, but with the exception of Angie’s money’s bizarre artistic request, the storyline is actually very mundane (as much as it ever is in this universe) and I was amazed by how Pulido adapted to it with his linework. Each panel felt like a moment in time, each one flowed from one to the next, and She-Hulk’s stress level actually changed her build in interesting, subtle ways from one panel to the next. The flashback in particular was remarkable in how it built tension using the visuals and the text blocks in tandem. Muntsa Vicente’s colors are, as always, perfectly suited to Pulido’s throwback visuals. There is a lot of subtle coloration, Matt Murdock’s rosy cheeks for instance, but overall they’re very bombastic and simple. And, as often happens, I don’t mean simple as a bad thing as the whole issue has a look that is simple on the surface, but becomes much, much more complex when one peels back just a few layers. Again, I go back to the flashback that isn’t quite black-and-white, but also doesn’t use the style of only coloring certain things. The colors are washed-out and very, very subdued and it brings an ominous vibe the whole thing.

The Bad

If you’re looking for action in your superhero book, and there’s nothing wrong with that, you should look elsewhere. This is a dialog and character-driven story from cover-to-cover.

The Verdict

The buildup in this case is agonizing, particularly with the last page’s reveal. A big part of that is because no one’s life is actually on the line, so the case truly could go in either direction since it’s not a matter of a character living or dying. I have no idea how this can end or what the resolution will be, but I can’t WAIT to see what it is as there are so many ways to do right by it in so many different directions.

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#1 Posted by CaptainMarvel4Ever (9890 posts) - - Show Bio

Sad this book is being canceled.

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#3 Edited by derf_jenkins (757 posts) - - Show Bio

I'm a Soule man!

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#5 Edited by charlieboy (7179 posts) - - Show Bio

I can't believe a book as good as this is getting cancelled.

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#7 Posted by xkoenig (470 posts) - - Show Bio

Really hoping it will be a quick relaunch and not a total cancellation for this series. The art, concept and writing are just too good.

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#8 Edited by ChairmanMeow (15 posts) - - Show Bio

@xkoenig said:

Really hoping it will be a quick relaunch and not a total cancellation for this series. The art, concept and writing are just too good.

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#9 Posted by z3ro180 (8778 posts) - - Show Bio

The art is awful

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#10 Posted by TommytheHitman (6563 posts) - - Show Bio

What is Cap being accused of?

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#11 Posted by deactivated-57d568743bdb8 (469 posts) - - Show Bio
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#12 Posted by WheatStalker (359 posts) - - Show Bio

What is Cap being accused of?

He's being sued for wrongful death, something that happened in 1940 ...

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#13 Edited by Teerack (10703 posts) - - Show Bio

It's such a shame Marvel didn't change the artist. Because this book does get good reviews and has been super solid but pretty much ever review I see has people pointing out how awful the art is, and every time I tried to get friends into the book they would get an issue and tell me to let them know when the art stopped sucking. It seriously killed this title.

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#14 Posted by deactivated-097092725 (10555 posts) - - Show Bio

It's painful, knowing this book is coming to an end. I loved Pulido's art.

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#16 Posted by TheBlackHood (594 posts) - - Show Bio
@teerack said:

It's such a shame Marvel didn't change the artist. Because this book does get good reviews and has been super solid but pretty much ever review I see has people pointing out how awful the art is, and every time I tried to get friends into the book they would get an issue and tell me to let them know when the art stopped sucking. It seriously killed this title.

I agree 100%. I've tried to sit down and read this book a number of times but the art has really kept me from enjoying the title.

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#17 Posted by IndianaBones (5 posts) - - Show Bio

The problem I have with this issue is the opening witness. I know it's just a narrative device to get into this flashback explaining the charge against Rogers, but it rings false. No way could this cop recite, verbatim, exactly what this old guy was saying. bs imo