That's exactly what I was waiting for! The Cap ready to strike back after several years out of business. And it's not only due to him that the issue is great: the well-polished characters show the extra care Kirby took with this mag, and the sharing is not unbalanced - sure, Steve is big news, but the rest get a piece of cake into the final battle. Outstanding.
I don't know much about WWII history and all, but did Stan just decide Newfoundland is a part of Europe? The facts: they're in the ETO (European Theater of Operations) army base, Bucky grabs onto the drone, Cap tries but falls off right away, drone explodes in the air above Cap, Cap landed in the water off the coast of Newfoundland. Hmm...
Aside from that, great issue! Epic, even. I'm thinking Captain America is going to become one of my better-liked characters (more so than the other current Avengers, at least).
And to those of you making the "young boys" comments... please grow up. You have to *really* try if you're going to read that into it. It's not there, and it's not funny.
Solid issue! You can tell Stan and Jack took their time with this one.
* Stan's still desperately trying to give Rick Jones a reason to exist.
* I LOVE Cap's first line after he wakes up. That's a Stan Lee career writing highlight, in my opinion.
* How about Broccoli Man? That's the beauty of the Silver Age. You can be reading a totally awesome story, then suddenly, ALIENS.
* I've always daydreamed about being in a situation similar to Cap's. What would it be like to just be "out" for a few years/decades? What would change? Who would be President? What's going to replace Facebook? When will the movie industry try to trick us all into thinking 3D is anything but a worthless gimmick, again?
Definitely have to agree with Safis on the "young boy" part. Anyone who honestly believes pedophilia is in any way, shape, or form insinuated by this issue is really reaching. Honestly, this ridiculous line of thinking only fuels the "every man is a potential pedophile" crap that's been around in the last decade.
Finally a great Avengers issue. Love the cover, loved seeing Cap and Namor in the same story, loved the battle at the end...just all around a great issue.
Broccoli Man (thanks, Ice) was delightful, and I liked the recon of him being Medusa.
The last thing Cap remembers before waking up is seeing his teenage fighting partner die and being completely helpless to do anything about it, yet when he has a reaction to Rick after only being awake again for a few hours, it's "creepy." That's reaching, and absurd. Stop that.
Ignoring the fact that cap somehow seems to be the best guessed in the world (he wasn't conscious when he was in the ice, so he the hell did he guess the Eskimo bit!) this is one of the least plot hole ridden stories stan wrote.
While not wanting to jump into the whole 'cap likes boys' argument, I do find it annoying that at this time when the character isn't a young male, the writers seem insistent that there must be a young male involved in order to get the reader empathising with the story. Maybe it was like that in the 60s, but now it just feels really hard to read.
Liked seeing Cap return. Broccoli Man. Nuff said. Teen brigade is really annoying. Am I not supposed to wonder where Rick Joneses parents are?! "Hi Mom and Dad I'm running off with this big green man that saved my life and now I'm with Cap cuz he's creepy." My understanding of that unseen conversation.
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