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Marvel Masterworks: Captain America Vol. 6 Hardcover – 25 Apr 2012
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I'll come out and state that this could very well be the best Captain America Marvel Masterworks trade by this point. Captain America definitely needed something more to his world because it sometimes felt like he couldn't carry his own book all that well; especially when compared to Spider-Man, Hulk, or Iron Man. For me at least, it just at times felt like something was missing. Stan Lee went all out by adding the Falcon into the mix awhile ago, along with Nick Fury and S.H.I.E.L.D., and the result was some outstanding stories with cool guest appearances. This TPB collects Captain America issues 137 - 148.
Now for starters the action is amazing all around. There's a brief conflict between the Falcon and Spider-Man which really does deliver in all its brevity. The brawls with Hydra showcases Cap's amazing skill set and determination, plus there's a quick skirmish with the Kingpin that always left me amazed. Some good stuff. I definitely must note the plotting and overall splendid storytelling. The Grey Gargoyle was written very well and came off as a prime threat, even pointing out that he in fact stalemated both Iron and Thor on seperate occasions, and he looked capable of doing it.
I think the development for characters like Falcon and his world are clearly the show stealers for sure. There is one arc dealing with a race war that plays with the Falcon's emotions, and he begins to think that his people need a hero they can look up to which I thought to be pretty deep. This story was indeed a product of its time and Gary Friedrich deserves props for its delivery.
Despite its inconsistency and feels of a seriously rushed job, I can't say that the artwork was too distracting. The action was very well captured. There is a big sense of urgency with everything feeling so intense, plus the dark content at times works well with the artwork.
This is a very strong volume for sure but it does have its flaws within the writing though, with certain ideas not being fully explored to their full potential. There could have been several good things to come out of this, but at the end of the day, certain things were merely plot devices. Overall, this is a volume I would recommend to hardcore Marvel fans whether they like Cap or not. There is a lot of entertainment to be found and perhaps this book will turn a non fan into a fan. I also highly recommend the second volume which may be just as good.
Sedlmeier couldn't do much about the content, though. The early 1970s were rough patches for a lot of Marvel titles but usually there was one or two features that carried the book forward. That wasn't the case here.
The art is the strongest feature of the book but the inconsistent look because of Romita's many other duties pulling him away from the book begins to take its toll. Guest pencillers and inkers begin to come and go and there are indications of rush jobs on the issues from the middle of the book on.
The writing is completely uninspired as well. Plots are either downright absurd or suffer from being made up on the fly and resolved by pulling rabbits out of hats. Stan Lee had hit the wall at this point in his career and although Gary Friedrich takes over about halfway through this book very little in the way of improvement results.
Some books survived this kind of chaos by falling back on interactions between interesting supporting cast members. Captain America had little help here. The primary relationship between him and his partner at this time was racial tension. This is handled very crudely with all the subtlety of a grand piano dropped on the reader's head. Black characters are depicted as almost universally angry and ready to explode into violence at a moments notice. The sermonizing is fairly heavy handed.
Cap's other supporting cast is the S.H.I.E.L.D. organization which had been shoehorned into Cap's book after losing its own title. The book could have been accurately titled "Captain America, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D." at this point. The presence of S.H.I.E.L.D. overshadows Cap and the Falcon and it works no better here than in their own book.
Cap's love life is ill served here as Sharon Carter is tied to S.H.I.E.L.D. as is Val, the long time agent Friedrich sets up to compete for Cap's attentions. The Falcon's romantic interest is more interesting - when she isn't calling him an Uncle Tom.
All in all, this book can only be recommended to those to whom it is no doubt intended - Marvel fans from way back, comfortable with the material's shortcomings. One gets the impression that the Captain America title would have been cancelled if not for its iconic lead.
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