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5.0 out of 5 stars A good early 1980s Captain America storyline, 14 Feb. 2012
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This review is from: Captain America: Blood on the Moors (Marvel Pocketbooks) (Paperback)
Another worthy addition to the Panini UK pocket book reprint library of Marvel Comics' best, in this case, the Roger Stern & John Byrne's entire (words & pictures respectively) ten issue run on Captain America vol. 1.

Younger comic fans and/or newbies devoted to the works of Grant Morrison, Brian Michael Bendis, Warren Ellis and Neil Gaiman et al, might find these tales rather uninvolving or, just plain embarrassing. Sorry, kids - but this is what comics used to be like over thirty years ago! We kick off with Captain America #247 which shows the Star spangled avenger mixing it up with 'Baron Strucker' which continues into #248's Dragon Man and we find out that Machinesmith is after revenge on Steve (Captain America) Rogers, with old Fantastic Four foe Dragon Man co-opted into the action. There's also some exciting scenes with Steve Rogers meeting his new neighbours and coming off a little behind the times as they describe their love of Bruce Springsteen and Elvis Costello (as produced by Nick Lowe).

This exciting tale wraps itself up in #249 with Cap fighting various partially assembled robotic versions of Spider-Man, Magneto and the Thing and Machinesmith turning out to be not quite the man you thought he was in a fairly melodramatic turn of events. #250 sees Captain America ponder running for President and #'s 251 - 255 have Cap mixing it up with Batroc the Leaper, Gallic windbag and master of the French martial art of Savate. Teaming up with the dainty and genteel Mr. Hyde isn't one of Batroc's better ideas and Cap wins the day, with a little help from you-know-who.

Issues 253 - 254 re-unite Captain America with his WW2 compatriots, Jacqueline Falsworth aka Spitfire and the original Union Jack aka Lord Falsworth (apologies for not remembering his first name) to investigate the re-appearance of Baron Blood and lastly, #255 is the last issue here and is the 40th Anniversary of Captain America in a recap drawn and inked by John Byrne. It's okay.

Apart from this last issue, all inks are by Josef Rubinstein. In terms of value for money, this is well worth the £3.99 cover price if you don't mind the smaller format. The stories here are solid, mainstream stuff for the time but not particularly inspiring. Byrne's artwork is competent but strictly of its time so, unless you read these first time around or you're a big fan of Byrne's work after he left X-Men then knock yourself out!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Absolute Cap awesomeness., 13 Aug. 2014
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These are still fine super-hero tales with beautiful art that will never lose effectiveness or lose freshness.
Stern and Byrne just hit on all cylinders with these stories, with excellent scripts and Byrne providing iconic images of Cap in action.
Awesome stories from the Stern & Byrne team, that stand the test of time.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Comic, 11 Jun. 2014
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Captain America fans will love this compact pocketbook. Bought as a gift for my son who has enjoyed reading from cover to cover (many times).
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun read!, 31 Dec. 2011
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Good stories, great art, no complaints! If you like super-heroes & enjoy comics, then you'll enjoy this! I would definitely recommend it.
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