Tuesday, December 26, 2006

Comics review: Red Menace Part 1

As I've mentioned previously, I am a huge fan of the current run on Captain America, written by Ed Brubaker. He has taken the character back to his roots in many ways but also refashioned Cap as an actual soldier (anyone remember the 70's when Marvel sissified the super-soldier so much that they not only claimed he didn't kill but had NEVER killed? not even in WWII?).

Red Menace continues after the Winter Soldier story arc and features all the same supporting characters and even most of the villains. Red Skull, Alexander Lukin, Winter Soldier, Crossbones and Agent 13 all return.

Nick Fury is absent, having gone underground under mysterious circumstances and a new villain enters the mix, Red Skull's daughter, Sin.

Oh yeah, and hordes of AIM agents. I love acronym agencies. Heck I wrote abook about them. In Red Menace part 1 AIM (Advanced Idea Mechanics) is under assault not only by Crossbones and Sin, but the Winter Soldier and even a splinter organization, RAID (Radically Advanced Ideas for Destruction).

Under assault from all directions, AIM turns to... Captain America and asks for help. It's a great story and seems almost like something Stan Lee and Jim Steranko would have done in the 70's.

Adding to the fun, there is a second story in the Red Menace tradeback, a flashback story set in WWII, with Captain America, Sgt. Fury and the Howling Commandos attempting to stop the Red Skull from unearthing an ancient artifact buried in Latveria. This is one of the best Cap stories ever written, is drawn in the Golden Age style and has a VERY Indiana Jones type feel, with the Nazis looking for a mysterious artifact.

All in all, Brubaker's run continues to be golden. This is another great addition to an already impressive run.


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