Tug's Pick of the Week
I like fun comics.
A simple statement, I know, but sometimes I think that we can all get caught up too much in who’s writing what and their themes that we forget the types of stories that got us into comics when we were young. So while I spend a good deal of my time looking forward to the newest Grant Morrison or Neil Gaiman project, I also like to read more fun escapist stories, as long as they are treated with a modicum of logic and don’t read like bad television. In short, I like it when I find a four-color story with some heroes beating up bad guys.
This week’s dose of such entertainment is Captain America # 29. This issue is an "Avengers Disassembled" tie-in, as well as being the first issue for the new creative team of Robert Kirkman and Scot Eaton. You probably have heard of Kirkman before: He writes something like half of the Image titles coming out right now, including my personal favorite, Invincible. (We’ve got the trades — check ‘em out!)
Kirkman is one of those rare guys who can write at breakneck speed while still telling engaging super-hero stories — and he really delivers in this issue. He writes the kind of Cap that I like to see — kind of a goofball in his personal life, but still an admirable hero for all other heroes to emulate. Oh, yeah, and he beats the heck out of some HYDRA guys.
On the art side, I think Eaton has a few kinks to work out, but after a few issues, his art on the book will fit like a big, red glove punching a HYDRA agent in the face.
Hmm, what else can I say to make you want to pick this one up? O.K., it has Cap’s favorite movie, Diamondback, the S.H.I.E.L.D. Helicarrier, and Moon Knight!
O.K., maybe I’m the only person excited about that last one.