Sunday, December 15, 2013

Captain America #13 (HERE BE SPOILERS!)

I actually don't have a ton to say about this issue, since it's pretty straight-forward.  We get some background info on the Iron Nail, though it's clear that Remender is just setting up that story.  We also get Sam trying to protect Steve from his responsibilities while he heals, emotionally and physically.  Remender really gives us some great characterization here, making it clear that Sam feels overwhelmed by that task.  Remender makes it equally clear why he would feel that way, since Cap's in a pretty bad place throughout the issue.  We first see him lying in bed in the middle of the day, something that an emotionally hale and hearty Steve probably wouldn't be doing.  Moreover, Steve's thought-process in combat when he faces Nuke underlines implication that he's close to losing it.  It's pretty stream-of-consciousness, in a way that makes it seem like Cap's just trying to hold it together.  We're definitely building to something here and this issue makes it clear that it's not going to be pretty.

*** (three of five stars)

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