First review of the night(and week)? That'll be Captain America #3... I've been SO looking forward to this one, especially since I named Cap #2 as my favorite single issue from 2012. So yeah, I'm salivating at the thought of reading this one!
Captain America #3
Summary: This issue opens with Cap using the last of his energy to prevent Ian from getting beheaded by the strange aliens. Unfortunately, the alien leader decides that he'd beat Cap to death with his own shield for that affront. Before Cap is trounced, the lead alien's second in command tells the leader that he had witnessed Cap battling against Zola's mutates, meaning Cap wasn't their enemy. The leader decides to take mercy on Cap and Ian and lets his second take them into his home. While there, Cap tries to explain that the second in command doesn't have to be subservient to the leader, but the leader overhears that insubordination and decides that now he was really going to kill Cap. The second stands up for Cap and is callously shot in the head by the leader, which infuriates Cap. Cap manages to get his hands on his shield and smacks the leader with it, but the leader just shrugs it off and slashes Cap across the gut with a blade. Cap gets his hands on a piece of rock and beats the hell out of the leader, taking him down to the delight of the rest of the tribe. With the leader down, Cap staggers off and looks down at his wound, discovering Armin Zola's face in his chest, taunting him!
Thoughts: I enjoyed reading this issue, but it was definitely a major step back from the last issue, although anything short of perfection was going to be a big step back from the last issue! Regardless, I DID like it. After this issue it seems that Cap will take up the leadership of the tribe now that he has felled the leader, although if the tribes members see Zola's face in Cap's chest, I don't know how readily they'd follow him... Speaking of which, that sure came out of left field! I don't know if Cap is hallucinating due to his fight with the leader/blood loss(although I doubt that), but how did Zola's face get IN Cap?! And why did it take so long for it to show up?! That was weird, but a good kind of weird. The kind of weird that has me looking forward to the next issue.
Score: 8 out of 10.
Take THAT, alien scum!!