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Story by Ed Brubaker
Art by Alan Davis & Mark Farmer
Colors by Laura Martin
Letters by Joe Caramagna
Cover by Alan Davis, Mark Farmer, & Laura Martin

Size: 0 pages
Price: 3.99

Damned By Faint Praise

I subscribe to this title, so I get it for almost half-off.

It’s nice to walk out to the mailbox and find a Captain America comic book waiting there amidst the pile of Not So Great News.

There’s something almost old-timey about it. A nostalgia for an America that might not exist soon, if it ever did.

That brings me to this issue of New Cap, Part 4 of the “Powerless” storyline.

I happen to be reading Essential Captain America Volume 2 right now, and I’d say Ed Brubaker not only knows his history thoroughly, his revision of it here, reinforcing Sharon Carter’s updating, beautifully reprises her role in the transitional Romita/Buscema/Colan period, around issues 114 to 116.

Alan Davis’ art wonderfully evokes this period as well, drawing especially on the work of Gene Colan.

While this issue was nothing earth-shattering, it was a fun look at a modern – maybe even post-modern – Agent 13. At 20 pages, it was no more slight than the comics it sought to homage and update.

My only digs might be against some of the characterization seeming a bit rote, the art varying from outstanding to barely suggestive, and the finishes and color varying from astounding and compelling to comedic and garish.

A good story, fun, very early Bronze Age-meets-now. Not lifted much beyond average by less-than-thorough execution.

Story: 3.5-ish (Cap’s friends got his back, early Act III)
Art: somewhere between 2.25 and 3.75

All in all, a very adequate, journeymanlike performance by all involved.

Story: 3 - Good
Art: 3 - Good

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