Writer – Joshua Williamson
Artist – Mike Henderson
Colours – Adam Guzowski
Alice cannot wait to get the hell out of Buckaroo. The town that has propagated so many serial killers is as backwoods as it gets, and she longs for something else. Things have been a little more exciting of late, but normality when it all dies down is what she cannot stand. Queue up stranger arriving in town and things are about to pick right back up again. Joshua Williamson and Mike Henderson give us a little break in the regular storyline to bring us a tale from a different point of view. There might be a lot of crazy in the town of Buckaroo, but there is also a a whole lot from without and sometimes that crazy comes to town. Alice is an interesting character, one we have seen before who tries to get in the thick of things, for what reason other than the thrill of it, has possibly been made known by the incredible ending that the book delivers. Williamson delivers a powerful tale of a town that is corrupt right down through the soil, a town that has corrupted many that are known, some that are not and some that are unaware that they themselves are not completely whole. There might be no Finch in this issue or a continuation into the mystery that was started in the first arc of the book, but as long as Williamson and company can keep delivering powerful tales such as this one, not to mention the rest, then in the end, it does not really matter, does it?
5 out of 5
Writer – Rick Remender
Artist – Carlos Pacheco, Stuart Immonen
Inker – Mariano Taibo, Wade Von Grawbadger
Colours – Dean White, Veronica Gandini, Marte Gracia
Captain America volume seven comes to a close with this issue with old Steve Rogers passing on the mantle to a man who, when you think about it, deserves it if Steve can no longer carry it. Of course, this was spoiled in the media quite a while ago, so it is not that big of a secret, but as it is, it will not be spoiled here. The funniest part of the book, and there were a lot of funny moments, was with our new hero standing revealed on a single page stating that we all knew it was him and that there was no drama left in the reveal. It was a clever way from Remender to poke fun at Marvel and their marketing department for sucking all the mystery and suspense out of the ending of his storyline. There is one little mystery that will most likely never get solved which is where did Tony get the vibranium from? It is supposed to be the rarest substance in the Marvel Universe now, so unless he had a stockpile of it, we might never know. This was also a particularly different issue to see from Remender as we are not usually treated to light-hearted stories from the man. It was a nice change of pace, though of course there was still some drama from Zola, Jet and Sharon as well as a big ol’ mystery to set up the next volume of the book, but all-in-all, it was a whole lot of fun, especially being in a Captain America book. Can our hero do the shield and the costume justice? Time and the next issue will tell and with Remender at the helm, it should be a great ride.
4.5 out of 5