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    Cap’s New Past as a Hydra Double Agent Continues

    Steve Rogers shocked the world back in Captain America: Steve Rogers #1, May 2016. While hurling his friend and ally to his presumed death, he uttered two words that nobody ever believed would come out of Captain America’s mouth. “Hail Hydra.”

    It has since been revealed that Red Skull used Kobik to turn Roger’s memory inside out. In his new recollection of events, Cap remembers learning Hydra’s ideals as a child in a special school. He also remembers befriending a young Helmut Zemo.

    Captain America Steve Rogers
    Captain America Steve Rogers

    In his head, Rogers returned to the United States and then became the first Super Soldier. It was perfect cover for Hydra’s ultimate spy.

    Baron Zemo Steals The Show

    Captain America: Steve Rogers #13 spends most of the chapter developing Baron Zemo’s character. In the buildup to Secret Empire, Nick Spencer delivers a fuller picture of just how highly Cap regards his friendship with Baron Zemo. Rogers will go so far as to stand between Bucky and Zemo in the middle of a firefight to keep them both alive.

    The flashback sequence teases a bigger conflict between Barnes and Zemo in the upcoming Secret Empire. A forced decision with mortal consequences between his two best friends could be the trigger that snaps Cap out of the fugue he’s been living in. We can hope, anyway.

    While this chapter is heavy on exposition, there are a few dynamic action scenes. The artwork is fantastic throughout. Baron Zemo’s arrogant indifference is telegraphed brilliantly, despite being a masked character.

    It’s hard to tell where the pencils of Ro Stein leave off and Ted Brandt’s begin. There is one sequence in particular that has four pages, sixteen panels, and zero dialogue. The artwork tells the entire story, and the reader has no difficulty following along.

    PRE-ORDER CAPTAIN AMERICA STEVE ROGERS #14 AND FIND OUT WHO’S BEEN PULLING ALL THE STRINGS

    Captain America Steve Rogers #13, Marvel Comics, Released March 8, 2017, Written by Nick Spencer, Art by Ro Stein and Ted Brandt, Color by Rachelle Rosenberg, Letters by VC’s Joe Caramagna, Cover by Arthur Adams and Jason Keith, $3.99

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    NCBD – Captain America, Spider-Gwen, X-O Manowar & Cryptocracy

    Each week we take a look at a small selection of New Comic Book Day books. From this week’s new releases we’re looking at: Spider-Gwen, Captain America Steve Rogers, a new Dark Horse series Cryptocracy, and the start of Valiant’s final arc of X-O Manowar. Be sure to comment or share our post on Facebook or Twitter if you like our articles!

    SPOILER ALERT — We try to keep from posting spoilers, but one may sneak through to our reviews now and again. Read with caution, true believers.

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    Spider-Gwen Annual #1
    By: Jason Latour, Chris Brunner, Chris Visions, Robbi Rodriguez

    Our first Spider-Gwen Annual is in the bag. We get five stories in this double-sized book, and I gotta say, it was a ton of fun! I know, the Parker story is tragic, but seeing it from this other Earth’s (I believe it’s Earth-65) side is really cool. I like seeing how events were different.

    The first story is the wrestling story retold, wherein the 616, Parker tries to win money, and Uncle Ben dies. This time, Spider-Gwen is trying to win it all. Wrestling against She-Hulk.

    Captain America makes an appearance, but this is definitely a different Cap than we’ve had before with a very different backstory. Similar to some events, but overall a cool, different take, with lots of nods to the 616 characters.

    I don’t want to spoil the fun of these other stories. I will, however, say that I want to see some of these heroes and villains more regularly.

    If you haven’t been reading Spider-Gwen and you love the quirks of Deadpool and Spider-Man. This series is really a must read. [Martin M. at TFAW.com]

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    Captain America: Steve Rogers #2
    By: Nick Spencer, Jesus Saiz

    THE TRUTH IS REVEALED!

    After last month’s mind blowing ending, we get plenty of answers in this issue. Nick Spencer lays it out all out for us with the utmost detail and makes it all worthwhile. It is not simple but it is not complex either. What it is, is ENTERTAINING. Spencer’s writing continues to be humorous where needed and moves us right along. His arc here is sure to be an epic story.

    I am fighting the urge to spoil anything here because there are so many cool aspects to cover within these 32 pages. In addition, I am quickly becoming a fan of the art by Jesus Saiz. His layouts and facial expressions really have a way of connecting the reader to the emotions laid forth by Spencer’s words. Great Job fellas! [Sean W. at Milwaukie TFAW]

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    Cryptocracy #1
    By: Van Jensen, Pete Woods

    Welcome to Cryptocracy (noun [Plural Cryptocracies] 1. A form of government where the real leaders are hidden or merely unknown).

    Forget the Illuminati, Freemasons, and The Knights Templar This is what is actually running the world: nine families and a few thousand followers/agents (not all human by the way).

    In this introduction, we find that a botched job in Chicago calls attention to something much bigger. Someone or some group is looking to take it all over. Van Jensen created a great first issue for us. Along with Pete Woods’ art, I’m excited to see where Cryptocracy takes us, and how they are involved in some of the world’s most mysterious events. Definitely recommended for conspiracy enthusiasts and readers who enjoy Greg Rucka’s Lazarus. [Martin M. at TFAW.com]

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    X-O Manowar #47
    By: Robert Venditti, Joe Bennett, Kano

    Long ago in the year 2012, we saw the relaunch of the Valiant universe with the release of the first issue of X-O Manowar. It filled me with hope that my favorite independent comic book characters of the ’90s were back.

    I was blown away at the respect and heightened level of intensity in which the new Valiant were delivering. X-O Manowar, the flagship character, and the comic book was truly something amazing; and with new life infused, it was sure to go in a bold new direction. Here we are, at what could be the final arc of the story, and I can’t help but feel that there is still a much bigger picture in play. This issue does not make a new reader feel too lost, although it would probably not be the best place to start.

    The events that have led us here are all culminating in a solid example of what makes the character X-O Manowar so enduring. This issue, along with all the rest leading up to the finale at #50, comes polybagged with a microprint of X-O inside—some of which will be the actual original artwork, others regular prints! This is a really cool sendoff, and I hope that it isn’t the end completely. I absolutely recommend this series as a whole. [Casey D. at TFAW.com]

    What did you think of these books? What should we review next week? Let us know below!

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    New Comic Book Day — Review for DC Rebirth, Captain America: Steve Rogers, Scooby Apocalypse #1 & Lobster Johnson: Metal Monsters of Midtown #1

    NCBD 5/25

    We’re full of new series this week for New Comic Book Day. With a little of everything. DC, Marvel, Dark Horse, and our second Hanna-Barbera series. Remeber these are just a few of this week’s new releases that stood out from the crowd. Check out our other blog articles so see our thoughts on other books. Be sure to comment or share your thoughts on these books here or on Facebook and Twitter!

    SPOILER ALERT — We try to keep from posting spoilers, but one may sneak through to our reviews now and again. Read with caution, true believers.

    Captain America: Steve Rogers #1
    By: Nick Spencer, Jesus Saiz

    Steve Rogers is back as Captain America! Throw the confetti and start the welcome back party! Since Kubik returned Steve’s super solider serum to him in the Avengers Stand Off Series, Cap jumps right back into action.

    With the agreement that there will be two Captain Americas now, Steve adopts his old 1940’s shield while Sam keeps the original. Jumping straight into this issue, we are confronted with the same song and dance the Captain has been dealing with since day one.

    Hydra is returning at full strength and they’re not holding back. Well, that’s just fine because Steve has the help of Jack Flag and Free Spirit. Things should be easy for him right? Nope!

    This issue plays with your emotions from the all-powerful speech Red Skull gives, to the touching back story of Captain America’s childhood. Trust me, any Captain America fan will throw this comic into another dimension after they read the last page. I almost did! This is a comic you do NOT want to miss! [Darcey M. at Universal Citywalk TFAW]

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    DC Universe Rebirth #1
    By: Geoff Johns, Gary Frank

    When time in the DC Universe has fractured in the past, it has caused a ripple effect throughout the Multiverse. Speedsters, usually a Flash, are a good focal point of these events as they have experience and understanding of traveling through the Multiverse.

    When the New 52 launched, it created a ripple effect in the fandom, where some people felt lost and grew to realize that some of their favorite legacy characters and relationships built over the years were simply gone. Undone by Flashpoint.

    This story follows one such lost legacy character who remembered the Post-Crisis/Pre-Flashpoint DC Universe. In a way that works intuitively and takes the reader on the journey of rediscovery. There is an event on the horizon, which is changing the Universe once again. We are beginning to understand some of what happened due to this. It could be a great jumping on point, and a point to jump back on for those who left, and especially meaningful to those who loved the tone that DC had carried for decades.

    Comics events can often come across in ways that don’t pay off, but if this is the opening salvo, I am more than willing to find myself delving deeply in to DC in ways I haven’t in years. Being an 80 page spectacular for only $2.99 is icing on the cake! There is a bigger story that is unfolding here, and I am unwilling to spoil that for any of you. Don’t miss this issue! Witness the Rebirth of the greatest characters in superhero comic books. [Casey D. at TFAW.com]

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    Scooby Apocalypse #1
    By: Jim Lee, Howard Porter, Keith Giffen, J.M. DeMatteis, Hi-Fi, Nick J Nap

    Today, DC’s second series from their re-launching of Hanna-Barbera hit’s the shelves. Scooby Apocalypse written and drawn by a large array of talented comic professionals. Including Jim Lee, Keith Griffen, J.M. DeMatteis, Howard Porter, Hi-Fi, and Nick J Nap.

    Like all great #1’s we get a good set up piece. We all know that Scooby and the gang have been together solving mysteries. In this series however we get HOW they came together not just solve a case, but save the world. All the personalities are still there. From Fred’s overbearing Macho-man attitude (even though he get spooked like no other *Mole people!*); Shaggy’s free love, care for his pal Scooby, and food; Daphne’s ego, and Velma’s smarts.

    This is easily the most out-there idea from the DC/Hanna-Barbera comics. It is very fluid in the way its story unfolds, and it will be interesting to see where their adventures lead. [Martin M. at TFAW.com]

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    Lobster Johnson: Metal Monsters of Midtown #1
    By: John Arcudi, Tonci Zonjic, Dave Stewart

    We last left off with our intrepid hero Lobster Johnson working a case to find a missing transient, which led him on an amazing adventure in the sewers. After he investigated a strange priest who was practicing more then religion.

    Well, he’s back again to save Midtown from a pair of monstrous, and seemingly indestructible metal men. How will he be able to stop this unrelenting menace from destroying the city and leading its trail of chaos past the streets of New York? How will an old friend factor into the plan to put an end to this insanity? You’ll have to read and find out.

    Lobster Johnson and his team are always good for a thrilling noir Lovecraftian story that makes you feel like it could almost be possible.

    Mike Mignola is one of my hands-down favorite writers, artists, and just plain creators. With this series, he continues to build more and more depth in his ever expanding world alongside John Arcudi, who has been a staple in the Mignolaverse for years. Alongside amazing art by Tonci Zonjic and longtime colorist, nine time-Eisner award winner, Dave Stewart. [Steve M. at Milwaukie TFAW]

    What did you think of these books? What should we review next week? Let us know below!

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