Wednesday, August 13, 2014

NB of the Week

“You treat a disease, you win, you lose.
You treat a person, I guarantee you, you’ll win, no matter what the outcome.”

Captain America #23
Written by Rick Remender
Drawn by Carlos Pacheco

The mysterious person from Dimension Z finds his way into the Avengers' house, looking for Steve. Tony Stark tries to intercept but the armored man dodges everything, Thor joins and can't stop him. In comes Hulk and still nothing. This man is real good but he does one thing wrong: he underestimated Steve. Rogers may be an old man now but he still knows a thing or two and takes the man to the ground. He tells the figure to that if he's a smart man, he'll stay down.
"I always stand up. Like my dad taught me."
Revealing himself, Steve is shocked to see the face of Ian, the son he thought he had killed.
After quick introductions, Ian tells Steve he's here to stop the attacks Zola started in the last issue. The plan is hopefully simple: Ian and the heavies attack from outside while Falcon and Jet (not yet aware of her brother's revival) attack from the inside, undetected. As Ian and the others come face to face and mutate versions of the Avengers, we cut back to Sam and Jet as they sneak inside Zola's tower. What they find surprises Sam. Chained up and on the floor is Sharon Carter. Alive. Ian says it's been ten years in Z since Steve left. Wonder what Zola has done to Sharon in that decade.
This is billed as the big ending to what Remender started in issue one and it's showing. Ian back and alive. Sharon back and alive. This is what Remender is great at. Big scope stories and long plots. And it gives the finger to all those fans who bitched that he killed of Carter and Brubaker made her such a strong character. Female Thor has gotten all the attention but Remender is relaunching Cap with Sam as the new mantle. With Ian possibly by his side and Sharon back to kick ass, I'm more excited for this than I have been since it first started.

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