Seriously, an issue-long fight scene? A boring issue long fight scene on top of it? It’s like Brubaker doesn’t understand (or maybe just doesn’t care) you can’t rehash–or modernize–the old Marvel feel and draw out the fight scene. Something has to happen. Nothing happens here. It could have been done in about four pages. The only two people who matter, right now, are Bucky and the Red Skull–though I will admit it’s real creepy to see him in Cap’s body–because it’s where the issue cliffhangs.
It’s also where Brubaker’s going to have to make a decision.
Is Bucky his lead or is Steve his lead? Market forces and Hollywood seem to dictate the latter, but everything Brubaker has done on the series to date suggests the former. Tick tock, tick tock.
I’m really not looking forward to the last issue. It is going to disappoint.
Writer, Ed Brubaker; penciller, Bryan Hitch; inker, Butch Guice; colorist, Paul Mounts; letterer, Joe Caramagna; editors, Lauren Sankovitch and Tom Brevoort; publisher, Marvel Comics.