Captain America Volume 3: Loose Nuke (Marvel Now) (Captain America (Hardcover)) Hardcover – 22 Apr 2014
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In these issues, we see the toll that Dimension Z has taken on Steve. He is not as sharp mentally as he normally is, and he relies heavily on support from his friends Falcon and Jet Black. We witness Steve's human side and his capacity to make a mistake. It's a side of Steve not often seen, but I absolutely love the way Remender shows us that no matter what Steve goes through, he always stands up. The action here is good...the mental and emotional struggle are better!
The reason I give this collection 4 stars instead of 5 is that it is clearly building tension and working toward a huge payoff which we just don't get to experience in these issues. Volume 2 gave us the thrill of seeing the Dimension Z arc resolved; this collection is establishing new villains, creating new conflicts and building upon old ones, and will no doubt come to a giant climax in the coming issues. For now, we are asked to exercise a bit of patience, which is very easy to do, given just how good this story is. I strongly recommend this!
Writer: Rick Remender
Artists: Carlos Pacheco (pencils), Klaus Janson, Mariano Taibo (inks), Dean White, Rachelle Rosenberg (colors), Carlos Pacheco, Dean White, Jim Cheung, Laura Martin (covers)
Collects: Captain America #11-15
To be fair, I didn't really expect this book to be nearly as good as the previous storyline. The initial books were so good, it was hard to go anywhere but down. It's not that this book is bad, because it's not. It IS, however, a significant step down from the first story arc, in every regard. Thankfully, that still means it is a decent book. Falcon is omnipresent in this book, which makes perfect sense, as the movie (Captain America: The Winter Soldier (Plus Bonus Features) [HD]) was out at the time that the individual issues of this story were on the comic racks, and Falcon is a big part of that story, too. I've usually enjoyed The Falcon as a comic book character, other that his actual falcon sidekick, Redwing. (I've always found it pretty silly that a guy with artificial wings and an amazing suit would need the help of a real falcon or would be able to mentally command it to do his bidding. I'm so glad that nonsense wasn't in the movie!) Jet Black is also pretty prominent in this book - especially so in the first two issues. (If you don't know who that is, you'd better go read the first collected editions (Captain America Volume 1: Castaway in Dimension Z Book 1 (Marvel Now) &Captain America Volume 2: Castaway in Dimension Z Book 2 (Marvel Now)). I am still excited about the possibilities that this new character brings to the table, and I hope she manages to stick around for a good long time.
And speaking of new characters, Remender introduces a couple more new villains: Iron Nail and Dr. Mindbubble. I am not too excited about the latter. He looks a bit like an "Americanized" version of DC's The Riddler, except that he has a tube sticking out of his skull with bubbles coming out of it. Yes... I'm not making this up. I expect this character to really suck, but we'll see if Remender can make something of him. Remender is laying the foundation for some more big stories, here, and I'll stick around to see where he goes with it.
*** The next paragraph contains spoilers! ***
In case you couldn't guess from the title, the main protagonist of this book is Nuke. Nuke has been around for many years. Every time he appears, it's more of the same thing: he is mistakenly shooting people and blowing stuff up while amped up on amphetamines and being directed by a criminal mastermind. I've never cared that much for the character, and Remender does nothing in this book with the character that changes that. At least we will never be seeing him again after this story, since he detonates like a nuke at the end of the story. Good riddance to that character!
Artwork on the book is decent, though nothing that will blow your socks off. It is adequate and nothing I would complain about. I would be fine with the same crew sticking around for more story arcs.
This is still a decent Captain America book and I will continue reading it to see where Remender takes this character, next.
Cool Factor: 7/10
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