Does anything happen this issue? I will definitely say it doesn’t tread over Marvels territory at all and does introduce one or two interesting things–the image of the Human Torch working on controlling his flames in a hayloft–but otherwise, nothing happens.
The narrator–this issue revealed to be a costumed adventurer himself, the Angel–talks a bit and Brubaker does fine with that narration, but so much of the story doesn’t have anything to so with the narrator, it’s hard not to think mostly about why Brubaker’s bothering with one.
Nearly everything else, from the 1940s NYPD being unsympathetic to Nick Fury breaking out the Captain America serum scientist (will they explain why Fury doesn’t age as fast in this series, I never can remember why he doesn’t), is all pretty standard. The art is nice, some of it really nice.
The plot just is not compelling enough.
Writer, Ed Brubaker; artist, Steve Epting; colorist, Dave Stewart; letterer, Chris Eliopoulos; editors, Lauren Sankovitch and Tom Brevoort; publisher, Marvel Comics.
I really need a cast of characters page. It’s neat how Brubaker uses the Two-Gun Kid to open (though I can’t remember how he got to the future in the Slott She-Hulk series); it gives the story something of a context in the modern Marvel Universe, since it really is just another retcon. Just one without a lot of repercussions.
Following all their Captain America flashbacks, Epting and Brubaker are perfectly assured and the comic does read well.
It just isn’t particularly necessary. It appears to tie a bunch of old events together under the purview of the United States government (to “Ultimatize” regular Marvel history). There’s an FDR cameo and Nick Fury shows up and we get some really good Namor stuff… But it’s really just another Marvels, with a different narrator on a somewhat wider perspective.
Decent Marvel–Brubaker’s capable of a whole lot more though.
Writer, Ed Brubaker; artist, Steve Epting; colorist, Dave Stewart; letterer, Chris Eliopoulos; editors, Jeanine Schaefer and Tom Brevoort; publisher, Marvel Comics.
Jetta goes out with a whimper. DeCarlo’s art is iffy on the first and third stories, with only the second really being up to par with what he’s previously done on the title.
Also problematic is the writing. While the first story, though it has nothing to do with Jetta, is rather charming, the third story in this issue borrows a plot point (sabotage) from the second. And the second story ends with a completely nonsensical ending.
At least DeCarlo doesn’t go out of his way to make Jetta’s love interest, Arky, a complete jerk this issue. And her nemesis, Hilaria, returns to that status after the affected friendship DeCarlo gives them in the first story.
DeCarlo seems to enjoy setting the stories up, getting the antics going… then he has no idea what to do. This problem plagues the second two stories.
But it’s still a very likable book.
Writer and artist, Dan DeCarlo; publisher, Standard Comics.