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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: MARVEL - US (22 Jan. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0785167536
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785167532
  • Product Dimensions: 17.1 x 0.6 x 26 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 537,837 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback
This storyline by Waid brings to an end his impressive run on Captain America. The plot, is strong and interesting.
The others stories in this collection are short filler stories, but they are told so well and visualized so brilliantly, that they are just
fun to read. Mark Waid brought energy to the caracther and wrote some of the most memorable runs of Captain America.
This book is mostly a collection of short stories and it's a great way to bring Cap back to his roots and shouldn't be overlooked.
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Weak End to a Strong Run 26 April 2015
By Adam Graham, Superhero and Detective Fiction Author - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
The book is made up of Captain America (1998): Issues 20-24, Captain America Annual 1999, and material from Captain America: The Legend.

Issues 20-23 covers the conclusion of Mark Waid's run on Captain America and it's pretty bad. Waid had a good early run on the last few issues of the first Captain America series with, "Operation Rebirth" and "Man Without a Country" and did some great work in the maxi-series, "Sentinel of Liberty" as well as some of the stories in the later Captain America series as shown in, "Serve and Protect" and "American Nightmare." By this book, he's clearly out of gas in terms of having ideas as to what to do with the character.

Issues 20-22 wrap up the long story arc with Cap's Shield being first lost at sea, and then shattered. Waid decides why not have Captain America's shield threatening the destruction of the planet and Cap having to face the choice between destroying what's left of Earth and saving the Shield. It'd be a very sad choice if it wasn't so silly. Even if you can buy into the pseudoscience of this (and I'm not sure how you could), the way it's resolved is basically done in a really cheap way that doesn't involve our hero doing something but our hero getting really lucky. Not satisfying at all.

Issue 23 is a political issue that has Captain America facing a warden of a private prison so over the top evil that he makes a 1940s Superman villain who tried to gas an orphanage to cover his embezzlement look underplayed by comparison. He and his $5.25 an hour guards are mistreating prisoners and refusing them meals.

Also, at the end of Waid's run, Steve Rogers is dating a woman who has a problem with soldiers. He's hiding that he's Captain America from her or that he's ever had anything to do with the military because lying about differences is the best way to build a good relationship.

Issue 24 dumps previous storylines and is an okay story by Tom DeFalco featuring Crossbones and the Absorbing Man. It's fun and good, given that it was written on short notice after Waid left the title.

The Annual is an odd beast. While the cover is about Cap facing Flag-Smasher, the story is as much if not moreso about two reporters for the Daily Bugle covering corporate corruption to which Flag-Smasher is tied. It's a very text-heavy story as helped by a very annoying art style where long conversations are recorded using headshots of a character with text above it and such conversations stretching on for pages. It's got some nice moments, but really text heavy, can't say I enjoyed it.

At the back we have a Howling Commando Story which has some gorgeous artwork and it's about the Commandos encountering Baron Blood. Finally, there's a three page story about Captain America's return and it doesn't really say anything that hasn't been said before.

Overall, I found this a disappointing book, and a quite of sad end to Mark Waid's run on Captain America.
MY GRADE: B to B plus. 12 April 2015
By MISTER SJEM - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Various stories ranging from above average to very good. Some homages to Old School comic book writing so if you aren't aware of that you will think it's dated. It's not. It's intentional.

OVERALL GRADE: B to B plus
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Late 90's 20 Mar. 2013
By Jeremy Spaulding - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This book features late 90's captain america by mark waid, when the book was just starting to get back its legs. Also a story by Tom Delfalco.
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