Captain America: Reborn 1 (September 2009)

631984.jpgOne of the most fun things about Brubaker’s Captain America run has been how he updates the old seventies style Cap stories for the modern era. Reborn runs into a problem with this bit, however. Brubaker’s devise for bringing Cap “back,” is a very complicated time machine–the malfunction of this machine, no less, has left Steve Rogers unstuck in time–and he explains it in a couple pseudo-scientific paragraphs. Apparently having Hank Pym around makes it seem reassuring, though the last time Hitch drew Pym, he was a spousal abuser, right?

I find Reborn to be something of a hard sell at this point. It’s got a lot of potential, but as a superhero version of Slaughterhouse Five, not a blockbuster event.

I also really do think Hitch is sort of boring as an artist. His placement of characters and his angles kill spontaneity.

Still, I’m open-minded.


Writer, Ed Brubaker; penciller, Bryan Hitch; inker, Butch Guice; colorist, Paul Mounts; letterer, Joe Caramagna; editors, Jeanine Schaefer and Tom Brevoort; publisher, Marvel Comics.

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