I have never thought of Captain America as being a hero that could sell in England to well. As far as I was concerned he fits into that same area as the likes of Superman. We could all understand the teenage angst of Spiderman, the alienation and prejudice the X-Men faced or the need for revenge that the likes of Batman or the Punisher where doling out. But Captain America is a bit like the Aardman Animations, they had a certain cultural overlap that could be understood around the world but the very core of them could only be understood by the Brits.
So Captain America fitted into the Marvel Universe a little uncomfortably for me, an accepted part that was tolerated but never really enjoyed.
The came Ed Brubaker.
He took Captain America and looked at the history and how he interacts with the world. This is no longer a book about heroes, but the shadowy world of espionage both local and global. This series also introduces a new villain who may have more History with Captain America than he realises.
So what do you get in this Omnibus. This covers the first 25 issues of the latest run of Captain America. Also there are two specials in here, Captain America 65th Anniversary Special and Winter Soldier: Winter Kills. This run also covers two major Marvel Cross Overs. The first being the awful House of M. But again Brubaker does a wonderful job using it to show us what could have happened if Captain America stopped the missile and never got frozen, showing us how he would have fitted into this new America.
Then there is the Civil War cross over. This may cause the most confusion if you have never followed what was going on. Civil War started when it was decided that all heroes had to register there identities and become government sponsored heroes. But not everybody agreed and sides where chosen as hero fought hero. Again this little diversion barely impacted on some titles like the X-Men or Hulk, but Brubaker took the events of the Civil War and integrated them into his whole overall plan for the series. This leads to an amazing and extremely brave decision.
This is a must read, and this edition makes an excellent collectors item.