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Captain America Epic Collection: Justice is Served Paperback – April 18, 2017
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- ASIN : 1302904205
- Publisher : Marvel (April 18, 2017)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 512 pages
- ISBN-10 : 9781302904203
- ISBN-13 : 978-1302904203
- Reading age : 9 years and up
- Grade level : 4 and up
- Item Weight : 1.7 pounds
- Dimensions : 6.63 x 0.88 x 10.25 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,238,780 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Captain America's first real solo fight with Wolverine happens in this collection as well (before they team up, as all heroes eventually do). The only disappointing thing is the ending. I won't give it away, but a lot of fans were disappointed by the Scourge's ultimate identity when it was revealed. There was a lot Marvel could have done with this--and they did later when Jack Munroe (Nomad) was brought in as the new Scourge later in Thunderbolts--but ultimately they sort of cheated the ending. They even hinted to more for later, but never did anything for over a decade.
This is a strong collection of Cap's run during the height of his popularity in the 80's. You can't miss with this one, even with the letdown at the ending. Just enjoy the ride and see how "justice is served".
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Throughout 1985, in the pages of a whole bunch of different comic titles, readers had seen a mysterious figure, the Scourge of the Underworld, gun down a whole array of minor and has-been supervillains. All those pages, and a John Byrne issue of Marvel Fanfare also featuring Scourge (although starring the Hulk) are collected at the front of this book so that readers don't have to miss a thing as the storyline reaches a climax in the pages of Cap's own book. It's a nice touch, and much appreciated.
Apart from the big Scourge plotline, this era sees Steve searching for a place in the modern world, taking to the roads in a customised van to take his particular breed of patriotic justice to the whole nation. There are some fun stories, including a tussle with Flag-Smasher that leads Cap to take an action that haunts the book for months afterwards, an annual team-up with Wolverine and a mission with old buddy Nomad, but it's when rival Super-Patriot turns up that the book really takes off. Faced with a louder, brasher, stronger patriotic hero, Cap has to examine whether he's still the right man for the job.
Gruenwald really had a knack for getting to the heart of the character, as we see Cap's soul laid bare and examine just why he is a rather unique hero. It all leads up to a dramatic cliffhanger at the end of the volume, but before then we still have the introduction of wacky sidekick D-Man, an absolutely wonderful story with Frog-Man of all people, and a trip to the late Red Skull's haunted house.
Art is largely by Paul Neary, who I found solid enough but somewhat spectacular, but there is some wonderful work by Mike Zeck and Kerry Gammill in a few of the issues. Overall, though, I definitely felt like the writing overcame any shortcomings in the art.
Extras are fairly restrained this time round, or at least they are if you don't count all the Scourge pages from the start of the volume. We have a couple of letters-page excerpts that helpfully give the first appearances of all the dead villains, a Marvel Age page featuring Baron Zemo, two pages of Fred Hembeck comic strip, a house ad for the Scourge storyline, original art by Neary and Zeck, and a selection of covers from trades that collected some of the stories here.
Definitely an interesting period in Cap's life, with some reasonably deep discussion on what it means to be a hero, patriotism, killing, and government oversight. If that makes the book sound heavy, far from it - there's still plenty of derring-do, just with a nice layer of heart.