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Book Title: Captain America: To Serve and Protect|
Edition: Marvel Comics Group
Date of issue: March 25th 2002
ISBN 13: 9780785108382
The author of the book: Mark Waid
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 21.46 MB
Read full description of the books Captain America: To Serve and Protect:Two and a half stars rounded up.
Having read most of Ed Brubaker’s excellent run on Captain America, I went in search of something else to read about this character. Finding a decent Captain America volume is difficult. He’s not an easy character to write for and there’s a lot of crap out there. This volume caught my eye. It’s a “Premier Edition”, it’s a hard-back book, it’s covered with a sheet of plastic in order to protect it from taco meat or cheese curl dust. It must be important and/or great, right? The Guttenberg Bible, isn’t covered with a sheet of plastic?
The final selling point? It’s written by Mark Waid! Woo Hoo!
When I get this book home I open it up and check out the cover of the first issue: “Heroes Reborn”. The 1990’s. I stifle a sob.
(Get ready for a major digression, Saul Bellow fans)
Way back when, Magneto pulled Wolverine’s adamantium out of his body. It hurt. Charles Xavier was so angry that he shut down Magneto causing the darker aspects of Xavier and Magneto to merge forming Onslaught. Emergence of Onslaught took a while. Years in fact. So Onslaught kidnaps Franklin Richards, because the kid is an uber-powerful mutant and grows up to have his Galactus. The Avengers, the Fantastic Four and X-Men come to his rescue. In order to protect the heroes, Franklin transfers almost everyone but the X-Men to a Counter-Earth. Franklin is now an orphan and has to hang out with Generation X and Howard the Duck. The heroes and Marvel readers are trapped in this Counter-Earth for almost a year. Captain America reappears in Japan. He vaguely remembers what transpired. The readers quickly forget about it.
This was Heroes Return, Heroes Reborn, Heroes Regurgitate.
So where was I? Right, I was sobbing.
Was this volume worthy of the phony tears?
Here’s the plot: HYDRA (view spoiler)[Hail Hydra!Welcome, Skrulls (hide spoiler)] is causing problems for Captain America. They’re brewing up trouble everywhere and taunting the good Captain. Captain America gets angry and declares war on HYDRA. HYDRA is being run into the ground by their new leader, the Sensational HYDRA; (view spoiler)[He’s really a Skrull, who shape shifts into Cap and causes problems so, Hail HYDRA! after all. (hide spoiler)] for kicks he cuts off the arm of one HYDRA agent and beats another minion senseless with it. After the plot is resolved, Captain America gives a four page speech about Mom, Apple Pie, and the nature of Evil!
Waid shows some spark here and gives the reader a glimpse of the entertaining writer he was to become.
Bottom line: Its fun in a cartoony (the ones aimed at an audience of eight year olds) kind of way.
Read information about the authorMark Waid (born March 21, 1962 in Hueytown, Alabama) is an American comic book writer. He is best known for his eight-year run as writer of the DC Comics' title The Flash, as well as his scripting of the limited series Kingdom Come and Superman: Birthright, and his work on Marvel Comics' Captain America.
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