Thursday, January 17, 2013

Captain America #3

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.
captain america #3
Take THAT, alien scum!!


  1. Yea! "Give him a taste of the old gal." Loved that line! I thought this issue was great, it paced differently than the first two (maybe the flashback was longer?) but I still loved it. The flashback was good too I thought. But the last splash page was the icing on the cake. I looked at that page for like a solid 5 minutes then went back to see if there were any hints. None that I could see. I don't know how he did it (I just wrote off the needle in the chest as a super villain doing super villain-y things) but I am glad that I did! Also, I enjoyed the juxtaposition of Steve's flashback with one of Zola's own. Good stuff

    1. Yeah, I shortchanged the flashbacks in this one since it didn't really add to the main story, but they were really strong. I especially liked the Zola one since we haven't really heard much about his past.

      Zola in Cap? That was weird... I definitely didn't see it coming, but I'm intrigued to see what we get. I do wish we got a bit more from Ian here... I'm still hoping he ends up becoming the next Bucky upon Cap's return to Earth.

  2. Yeah, this one was weird for me. I felt like that whole Ksul stuff was really rushed. It would've been a lot more believable if we had seen Steve build up his relationship with him, instead of just being all, "Hey, we're bros, let's revolt!" But, that twist at the end totally overshadowed that. I, too, wonder why we're only seeing it now, but I can't wait to see where Remender goes with it.