I am a little tired of giving Nick Spencer the benefit of the doubt. I keep thinking he has a plan and he is going to fix this. Not because I am a traditionalist but because it does, on some core level, feel wrong to mess with Cap’s history like this.
Anyone who knows me, knows how big a Cap fan I am and to take his history like this and malign it – sucks. A lot. But if it was in service to a greater story told well, I was all for it. But that doesn’t seem to be the case. Week after week, the story is trodding the same old grounds, except expanding on Cap’s Hydra heritage. It feels unnatural.
The issue this week was Maria Hill’s trial dealing with shit dating back to the original Civil War and how she was a monster in some regards. The elements of the courtroom drama fell flat. There was no tension, there was no reveal. It just felt meh.
Infact the whole story felt meh, like it was just trudging along to the inevitable invasion plot point and us waiting to see when Cap does betray his allies – which is a two edged word in Captain America’s story now. He either gets his history back and betrays Hydra or he keeps being Hydra and betrays everyone else. It’s just convoluted and messy. And I don’t like it.
And the dialogue, oh god, the dialogue. So juvenile and rash. “Quagmire is just not a character in Family Guy.” Really? Really? That’s the best line one can come up with to make light of a situation? The other cringey line was an unfinished that’s what she said joke. It just isn’t funny. Its cringey.
Javier Pina, Andres Guinaldo and Rachelle Rosenberg are the only saving graces in this book. The art and colors do look good. Like unworthy of a script this bad. The flashbacks done in monochrome look sufficiently out of time, and it works to displace the reader – to show Rogers’ training regime and story under Hydra. There is a great spread of Cap flying towards a cave shot from a reverse angle that is pretty epic and it serves as a reminder what a cool character he used to be.
Overall, still banking on a stunt that started a while back. It just doesn’t work and maybe Marvel will fix it in the upcoming reboots. Cause that’s one thing we can take for granted, Marvel is going to reboot all these soon anyhow. So, hey none of this matters.
2 outta 5 Thwips!