Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Book Review: Captain America: Winter Soldier by E. Brubaker et al.

Captain America: Winter Soldier written by Ed Brubaker, art by Steve Epting, Michael Lark, and John Paul Leon

The Red Skull is accumulating resources to recreate the Cosmic Cube, a device that allows the owner to will things into existence. This present-day Cube has almost no power. Red Skull orchestrates a mass killing that will make the Cube usable. Being Red Skull, he also wants to stick it to Captain America at the same time. He doesn't get to execute his plan because the Russians he is working with double cross Red Skull, killing him and taking the Cube for their own nefarious purposes.

While Cap is unraveling the Skull's plans with the help of S.H.I.E.L.D., the Russians are hatching their own plot, which includes their own bit of revenge on Captain America. Cap has some weird dreams and flashback to World War II events. They are weird because they come at inopportune times (like in the middle of fights) and don't seem to match the historical record. And Cap's WWII buddy, Bucky Barnes, is wrapped up in the intriguing nightmares and the modern day activity.

Anyone who has seen Captain America: The Winter Soldier knows that part of the story. The story in the book was written before the movie and clearly the filmmakers borrowed quite a bit from here. But the two stories are quite different and equally enjoyable. Brubaker's writing has lots of character depth if not character growth. The main mystery/conspiracy is intriguing and ends quite well.

Highly recommended.

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