Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Exit Stage Left: Captain America #454

Remember the mid-90s, when Marvel and DC decided to throw decades of continuity into a blender and produce countless relaunch milkshakes? While the new product was rarely as good as the original, the swansongs are often an interesting read. This story seems like it is straight out of the Silver Age (except for the 90s Imageish artwork and the overly gritty dialogue), with South East Asian labour camps and a motorcycle chase. The action is quite decent, but it is the relationship between Cap and Sharon Carter that I found most intriguing. Sharon has become an outlaw, fighting for freedom outside of S.H.I.E.L.D.'s parameters. She and Cap ultimately find have a meeting of the minds, and part with a renewed sense of mutual respect. It is a solid final issue and it does feel like closing of a long chapter, but it is still not enough to wipe the memory of Heroes Reborn from my mind.

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