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Cap is awakened in the dead of the night by agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., who need the kind of help only he can provide. But the corpse he finds on the Helicarrier brings him face-to-face with the unthinkable, and opens doors to terror and manipulation he never dreamed possible! It's a new beginning as four-time Eisner-nominated Best Writer Ed Brubaker makes his Marvel debut, jo Cap is awakened in the dead of the night by agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., who need the kind of help only he can provide. But the corpse he finds on the Helicarrier brings him face-to-face with the unthinkable, and opens doors to terror and manipulation he never dreamed possible! It's a new beginning as four-time Eisner-nominated Best Writer Ed Brubaker makes his Marvel debut, joined by white-hot artist Steve Epting. As the new regular creative team, they will take Cap's life in directions fans will never see coming! Collecting: Captain America 1-7


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Cap is awakened in the dead of the night by agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., who need the kind of help only he can provide. But the corpse he finds on the Helicarrier brings him face-to-face with the unthinkable, and opens doors to terror and manipulation he never dreamed possible! It's a new beginning as four-time Eisner-nominated Best Writer Ed Brubaker makes his Marvel debut, jo Cap is awakened in the dead of the night by agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., who need the kind of help only he can provide. But the corpse he finds on the Helicarrier brings him face-to-face with the unthinkable, and opens doors to terror and manipulation he never dreamed possible! It's a new beginning as four-time Eisner-nominated Best Writer Ed Brubaker makes his Marvel debut, joined by white-hot artist Steve Epting. As the new regular creative team, they will take Cap's life in directions fans will never see coming! Collecting: Captain America 1-7

30 review for Captain America: Winter Soldier, Volume 1

  1. 5 out of 5

    Shelby *trains flying monkeys*

    I've been kinda slow to jump on the Captain America fan club train. Probably because he comes across as so sugary sweet that it hurts my teeth. But then, I usually cheer for the bad guys so what do I know? My friend Jeff had told me that I should read Brubaker's version. I figured if anyone could make me like this character..Brubaker was it. He is one of my comic authors I actually don't one star. This one isn't bad. It starts off with Red Skull plotting dastardly deeds but that stops in its I've been kinda slow to jump on the Captain America fan club train. Probably because he comes across as so sugary sweet that it hurts my teeth. But then, I usually cheer for the bad guys so what do I know? My friend Jeff had told me that I should read Brubaker's version. I figured if anyone could make me like this character..Brubaker was it. He is one of my comic authors I actually don't one star. This one isn't bad. It starts off with Red Skull plotting dastardly deeds but that stops in its tracks. This book is actually really well done but there were times I got bored in it. Yes, I expect to be entertained. A graphic novel/comic book only has a short time to catch attention because I read them fast..and I want them to do it. I don't want to tell much about the plot of this one because it could easily go into spoiler territory. So if you are interested in old Sugar Boy Captain pick it up. He didn't make me want to punch him. Booksource: Library. Reviewer Spotlight I've featured Jeff's reviews before here and he technically read a different version of this one that I did so I'm going with Kemper on this one. If you are not following or friends with Kemper..just go do it right now. He and Dan (the original) were two of the first reviewers that made me realize "Hey, reviewer's are cool!"..not that I'm ever going to get near as cool as these two guys.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Kemper

    Coming soon to a theater near you… Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Actually, I’m not sure how much of this one will be in the upcoming movie because it mainly sets the stage for what happens next. When I read it originally I gave it three stars, but looking back now you can see how much Ed Brubaker accomplished in arranging all the pieces to start his run of writing Cap. Considering that it was one of the longest and most satisfying eras of a mainstream superhero I’ve seen in some time, I’ve Coming soon to a theater near you… Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Actually, I’m not sure how much of this one will be in the upcoming movie because it mainly sets the stage for what happens next. When I read it originally I gave it three stars, but looking back now you can see how much Ed Brubaker accomplished in arranging all the pieces to start his run of writing Cap. Considering that it was one of the longest and most satisfying eras of a mainstream superhero I’ve seen in some time, I’ve gone ahead and bumped this up a star. Cap has long been the wise old man of the Marvel Universe, the guy that all the other superheroes respect and admire, but Brubaker wisely took the opportunity in his solo book to measure the weight that Steve Rogers carries around as not just a hero, but as a symbol. This one starts with Cap reeling after the events of Avengers: Disassembled. When the Red Skull launches a new plot involving a damaged cosmic cube, it looks like Brubaker is going to follow some of the classic Cap story patterns. But things soon take a surprising turn that will find Steve confronting elements of his past and shocking revelations that will have a profound impact on his future. (view spoiler)[I was especially impressed on this second reading how it looks like the Red Skull will be the main villain but then he is killed by the Winter Soldier just as he’s getting ready to launch his scheme. Or at least as ‘killed’ as any major player ever is in mainstream comics.. (hide spoiler)] As I stated before, this one is mainly set-up so don’t expect to get the whole story, you’ll have to turn to the second volume to find out how this ends. (Actually, you’ll probably have to read the whole Brubaker run if you want to get the whole story.) The entire Winter Soldier saga ends up being a critical part of the Captain America mythos, and it’s one of my favorite superhero comic stories. One note about the movie version. The ultimate revelation about the Winter Soldier has been common knowledge to Marvel fans for years now. Hell, he has his own comic book these days. However, the movie marketing has done a surprisingly good job of not spoiling that so that people interested in seeing the film who aren’t familiar with the story or only know the film version of Cap might want to avoid reading the comics or reading reviews until after they’ve seen the movie.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Dirk Grobbelaar

    I still own the trade paperbacks that came in a Volume 1 and Volume 2. I see that The Winter Soldier has since been published in a single volume (Captain America: Winter Soldier Ultimate Collection) which makes perfect sense. It’s impossible for me to rate the two volumes separately. So, I just wrote a single review, which will be exactly the same for both: Captain America: Winter Soldier, Volume 1 Captain America: Winter Soldier, Volume 2 This is a prime example of how good the graphic medium can I still own the trade paperbacks that came in a Volume 1 and Volume 2. I see that The Winter Soldier has since been published in a single volume (Captain America: Winter Soldier Ultimate Collection) which makes perfect sense. It’s impossible for me to rate the two volumes separately. So, I just wrote a single review, which will be exactly the same for both: Captain America: Winter Soldier, Volume 1 Captain America: Winter Soldier, Volume 2 This is a prime example of how good the graphic medium can be when done right. There’s very little, if anything, wrong here. Every single panel is pure class. Visually arresting, the use of dark colours captures the emotional mood perfectly and lends a cinematic sweep to the story. The plot is ingenious and much deeper than most (where “comics” are concerned). Of course, we all know where this arc eventually ended, but let’s not go down that road right now. The Winter Soldier sequence often makes it to lists of the “best Marvel graphic novels”, but it should be on the list of best ever graphic novels… period. It’s a funny thing. I find myself wanting to write something about the story, and at the same time I don’t want to. There is a brobdingnagian potential for inadvertent spoilers. So I’ll just say… …Highly recommended. And another thing: this actually serves as a good place to jump in if you haven’t read a lot of Captain America previously, because of the ample use of flashbacks and the rich back story.

  4. 4 out of 5

    James DeSantis

    Here we go! A re-read I wanted to do for awhile. When I was in High School I began working around 14. I liked doing it more than going to school, and would even cut school, just to go to work more to get money. Besides using it to make music I loved buying comics. I tried to keep up with Ultimate Spider-man and Amazing Spider-man back then among other titles. However, my aunt got me the Captain America Ominbus of Ed Brubaker as a gift for my 18th Birthday. I opened it up and fell in LOVE with th Here we go! A re-read I wanted to do for awhile. When I was in High School I began working around 14. I liked doing it more than going to school, and would even cut school, just to go to work more to get money. Besides using it to make music I loved buying comics. I tried to keep up with Ultimate Spider-man and Amazing Spider-man back then among other titles. However, my aunt got me the Captain America Ominbus of Ed Brubaker as a gift for my 18th Birthday. I opened it up and fell in LOVE with the character right away. More than 10 years later I've decided to re-read this entire run, this time finishing it, and giving my opinion. SO here we go. The first arc of Brubaker's story is actually a slow burn that dives deep inside Steve's mind. He is going through a lot right now, especially with the loss of friends, and the breakup of the Avengers. He's not too sure what's real in his head either, as old memories are coming back but some seem made up...fake...the cube is in play. The first issue opens with Red Skull planning to exact revenge on the good old American hero but...Ed Brubaker cleverly pushes the expectations out of the way and issue 2-7 is Captain America catching up on a big plan involving some friends and more. I love this first arc. It's the best way to create a atmosphere for Brubaker's style and run. Steve is a hero but he's also human. Him dealing with his own guilt and issues on top of trying to save everyone is compelling. On top of that the art is wonderful. Dark and moody but hopeful when needs to be. The twist and turns are great and make you realize this is a much more serious Captain America than you might expect. My only negative maybe Monroe's single issue. I get why it's there, and it is well written, but I kind of didn't care much about him. This is a great jump on point by the way for any fans of Captain America. A very easy 4.5. Go check it out.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Cheese

    I really enjoyed this. I was never really attracted to Captain America when i was younger. I thought he was cheesy and yet i loved Superman!? Anyway i was recommended the Brubaker Omnibus collection by Blindzider and Relstuart and i'm glad they did. In this first volume you can see that Brubaker has really invested a lot of time into this. In the foreword he basically said that he was a massive fan of Cap, but only one person really did him any justice and so he wants to do it right. This run on I really enjoyed this. I was never really attracted to Captain America when i was younger. I thought he was cheesy and yet i loved Superman!? Anyway i was recommended the Brubaker Omnibus collection by Blindzider and Relstuart and i'm glad they did. In this first volume you can see that Brubaker has really invested a lot of time into this. In the foreword he basically said that he was a massive fan of Cap, but only one person really did him any justice and so he wants to do it right. This run on Captain America like his Fantastic Daredevil run is full or realism and try and captures the realism with the artwork. So as most people will know from the film, this is about espionage and spy stuff. Damn this is good. It's much better than the film and i really loved the film. The reasoning being that it goes into so much more detail. You really see Rogers start to fall apart at the seems and his ex-girlfriend Agent 13 points this out continuously. She can see straight through him. When he sees the Winter Soldier he refuses to believe that it's his old friend and more cracks start to appear. I'm really looking forward to the whole series. I think i'll take my time!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Sesana

    More like 3.5 stars. So Captain America 2 is going to be subtitled Winter Soldier. Cue me tracking down the Winter Soldier comics to get an idea of what's coming. I'm not sure how this will translate, but I guess we'll see. I have faith. For the most part. Possibly the best thing Brubaker has done here is his Cap. His characterization feels spot-on to me. There's the beginning of a very interesting story here, with the Red Skull seemingly assassinated and somebody messing with Cap's memories. Ther More like 3.5 stars. So Captain America 2 is going to be subtitled Winter Soldier. Cue me tracking down the Winter Soldier comics to get an idea of what's coming. I'm not sure how this will translate, but I guess we'll see. I have faith. For the most part. Possibly the best thing Brubaker has done here is his Cap. His characterization feels spot-on to me. There's the beginning of a very interesting story here, with the Red Skull seemingly assassinated and somebody messing with Cap's memories. There are loads of flashback sequences, back to Cap's World War II days, all done very well. And I'm really fond of the art, especially the scene set on the Russian front. But it's very slow to get moving. The story has barely gone anywhere by the time the seven issues are done. And the last story (focused on a former Bucky) just aren't quite as good as the others. This is just the first half of the story, though, and can't judge too harshly until I see how it ends. And there's far and away enough good here for me to be interested.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Diz

    There is a mysterious figure causing trouble in Captain America's life. Who could it be? Oh, wait. They put the name of this mysterious figure on the cover of the book. Oh, well. I guess that spoils the mystery that this story is trying to tell. There is a mysterious figure causing trouble in Captain America's life. Who could it be? Oh, wait. They put the name of this mysterious figure on the cover of the book. Oh, well. I guess that spoils the mystery that this story is trying to tell.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Stephen

    3.5 stars. I was really torn between 3 and 4 stars on this one so I ended up at 3.5 stars. There are some really good aspects to this revamp of Cap as well as a few drawbacks that hopefully will be corrected in later volumes. PROS: On the good side, Brubaker does a nice job finding Captain America's "voice" in this series. Cap, like Batman, has been around for so long that his persona has gone through a number of iterations, some of which have failed to truly reflect who Cap is. I think this ser 3.5 stars. I was really torn between 3 and 4 stars on this one so I ended up at 3.5 stars. There are some really good aspects to this revamp of Cap as well as a few drawbacks that hopefully will be corrected in later volumes. PROS: On the good side, Brubaker does a nice job finding Captain America's "voice" in this series. Cap, like Batman, has been around for so long that his persona has gone through a number of iterations, some of which have failed to truly reflect who Cap is. I think this series, at least in these first seven issues, gets it right. Cap was a physically deficient "art student" who was rejected by the army when he tried to enlist before being given the opportunity to volunteer for the "super soldier" program. I always thought that this transformation from humble (and insecure) beginnings to perfect soldier (analogous to America's rise from humble beginnings to world power) would have given Cap a unique voice and I think Brubaker finds it. Also on the PRO side, the gritty realism of the story is much more fitting to Cap then when he is battling "super villains" that can crack the planet in two (i.e., when fighting with the Avengers). I like Cap acting more like James Bond than Superman. Again, I think Brubaker gets it right here. Finally, on the PRO side, I think the writing is pretty good and the art is fantastic. Therefore, for all of the PROS, I will certainly be reading the next volume in this series. CON: Now on the negative side, I think the storyline for the first seven issues was a little boring and didn't hold my interest as much as I would have liked. Alos, the last issue (i.e., the flashback issue about Jack Monroe) was horrible and knocked the grade down half to one star. However, given than both those CONS can be remedied and don't appear to be endemic to the series, I will certainly give the next volume a read. Overall, good with the potential to be great.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Nicolo

    This digital edition collected the first seven issues of Ed Burbaker's masterful run on Captain America. The first six actually formed the first story-arc that reintroduces Bucky Barnes, the sidekick who was thought to have died during Steve Rogers' last World War II mission. This was an excellent example of retroactive continuity that is the trend du jour of this modern era of comics and continues even until now. This was an excellent story by Brubaker. He avoided the pitfalls of bringing back a This digital edition collected the first seven issues of Ed Burbaker's masterful run on Captain America. The first six actually formed the first story-arc that reintroduces Bucky Barnes, the sidekick who was thought to have died during Steve Rogers' last World War II mission. This was an excellent example of retroactive continuity that is the trend du jour of this modern era of comics and continues even until now. This was an excellent story by Brubaker. He avoided the pitfalls of bringing back a character known for staying dead and instead of a gimmicky resurrection gave us this superb premise of the Winter Soldier, a legendary Soviet operative. This gave Captain America the feel of a spy novel, not unlike John LeCarre or Robert Ludlum. The art team of Steve Epting and Michael Lark, with the latter providing the art for the World War II flash back scenes was an inspired combination and helped enhance the storytelling by making the current and flashback scenes distinguishable but not jarringly mismatched. The seventh issue was a standalone story that gave us a look into the last days of Jack Monroe, another former Steve Rogers sidekick who's on the wrong end of an unfortunate decline as his variant super soldier serum degrades and will slowly kill him. This issue really hits all the right emotional notes of a sad story of dying man who thought he was saving the world but was the actual danger himself because of his delusions. This was probably the storngest issues in this collection of excellent issues.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Cathy

    Another superhero that I mostly know through the movie adaptations. I like the movie Winter Soldier quite a bit. The artwork was mostly ok. Parts where flat and not terribly good in my opinion. The story started interesting enough with the Red Skull. A lot of flashbacks, a bunch of superheroes and bad guys. The story was suspenseful enough to hold my interest to about the midpoint, then the whole thing lost steam for me. Ok, I guess, but nothing special. Another superhero that I mostly know through the movie adaptations. I like the movie Winter Soldier quite a bit. The artwork was mostly ok. Parts where flat and not terribly good in my opinion. The story started interesting enough with the Red Skull. A lot of flashbacks, a bunch of superheroes and bad guys. The story was suspenseful enough to hold my interest to about the midpoint, then the whole thing lost steam for me. Ok, I guess, but nothing special.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Rosalie

    That was a nice introduction into the comic book world! I definitely need to get more knowledge on the MCU but I liked it! Since Steve and Bucky are my favorite characters and TWS my fave movie, I figure I would start with that one. I probably should have gone with the basics, but I’ll get there!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Eric

    In one word: Underwhelming. Lots of back story, lots of time spent on Agent 13, Nick Fury, Nomad, Bucky Barnes, and various villains, what time there is spent with Cap alternates between him brooding and hallucinating, there's not a ton of action, and the final issue is an aside focused solely on Nomad, which isn't very good. Oh, and not much is resolved by the end of this volume, as the arc finishes in Captain America: Winter Soldier, Volume 2. So I guess I have another trade paperback to read In one word: Underwhelming. Lots of back story, lots of time spent on Agent 13, Nick Fury, Nomad, Bucky Barnes, and various villains, what time there is spent with Cap alternates between him brooding and hallucinating, there's not a ton of action, and the final issue is an aside focused solely on Nomad, which isn't very good. Oh, and not much is resolved by the end of this volume, as the arc finishes in Captain America: Winter Soldier, Volume 2. So I guess I have another trade paperback to read before seeing the movie. Hopefully I get a satisfying resolution, and Cap kicking some ass, in this second volume.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Dimitrios

    The Winter Soldier movie, which was shockingly good, inspired me to dive into the already "historic" Brubaker take on Cap. Because of the heavy symbology inherent in the character, Cap stories are hard to get right. Brubaker gets it right, taking the reader on a sort of mythic tale through American history and both reimagineing and updating The Captain America mythos, including the now well-known "resurrection" of the formerly late and super-lame Bucky. Even Nomad comes across as interesting. My The Winter Soldier movie, which was shockingly good, inspired me to dive into the already "historic" Brubaker take on Cap. Because of the heavy symbology inherent in the character, Cap stories are hard to get right. Brubaker gets it right, taking the reader on a sort of mythic tale through American history and both reimagineing and updating The Captain America mythos, including the now well-known "resurrection" of the formerly late and super-lame Bucky. Even Nomad comes across as interesting. My only minor gripe is that everything is all so heavy-handed.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Anthony

    This has been one of my favourites since I first read it, which must be about 5 or 6 years ago now (maybe longer). I remember when I first started reading it and thinking how realistic Steve Eptings art looks, yet it still has a comic book touch to it, how great it would be as a movie. And now we're seeing this stuff adapted into the movies. This is what made me a Brubaker fan and lead me to read all his creator owned work and most of his Marvel & DC stuff. And it's only just the beginning... This has been one of my favourites since I first read it, which must be about 5 or 6 years ago now (maybe longer). I remember when I first started reading it and thinking how realistic Steve Eptings art looks, yet it still has a comic book touch to it, how great it would be as a movie. And now we're seeing this stuff adapted into the movies. This is what made me a Brubaker fan and lead me to read all his creator owned work and most of his Marvel & DC stuff. And it's only just the beginning...

  15. 4 out of 5

    Eli

    I really enjoyed this. The interlude about Jack Monroe was a really cool addition to the end of it. I'm definitely going to read the next one in this series. I really enjoyed this. The interlude about Jack Monroe was a really cool addition to the end of it. I'm definitely going to read the next one in this series.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Subham

    This book was too good, focusing on Steve as he starts a new life and then shifting focus to Red Skull whose meeting with Alexander Lukin and comes across Winter soldier and knowing who it is he wants that and things with cosmic cube and then the story shifts to him dying and Cap investigating that sets off a whole lot of things from him remembering the past in weird ways, fighting AID and then crossbones, going to Russia and remembering the incident with Vasily Karpov and the Kronas village to This book was too good, focusing on Steve as he starts a new life and then shifting focus to Red Skull whose meeting with Alexander Lukin and comes across Winter soldier and knowing who it is he wants that and things with cosmic cube and then the story shifts to him dying and Cap investigating that sets off a whole lot of things from him remembering the past in weird ways, fighting AID and then crossbones, going to Russia and remembering the incident with Vasily Karpov and the Kronas village to then rescuing Sharon and ultimately seeing how its all connected...the return of Bucky aka the winter soldier and its massive and such a big revelation and changes everything and the plans of Kronas corporation is set into motion! And other stories focusing on Jack Monroe aka Scourge! This volume was really good and focuses on so many things of Steve's past and builds up his best friend as a great threat and shows steve really is a man out of time and its filled with such suspense and its a thrilling read and then we have the focus on other characters like just watching a movie! The art is the best part, so easy on the eyes!

  17. 4 out of 5

    Quill

    The Basics Red Skull, Captain America’s most notorious foe, is found murdered by a sniper. Through a flurry of flashbacks, Steve Rogers has to find out who is seemingly targeting him and why. My Thoughts This book had a flaw for me that couldn’t be avoided: I know who the Winter Soldier is. When you get into comic book culture, an osmosis takes place wherein you’re spoiled richly for things you haven’t even read yet. The magic of this story is clearly in discovering that the impossible has happened The Basics Red Skull, Captain America’s most notorious foe, is found murdered by a sniper. Through a flurry of flashbacks, Steve Rogers has to find out who is seemingly targeting him and why. My Thoughts This book had a flaw for me that couldn’t be avoided: I know who the Winter Soldier is. When you get into comic book culture, an osmosis takes place wherein you’re spoiled richly for things you haven’t even read yet. The magic of this story is clearly in discovering that the impossible has happened, by sharing the look that Cap wears when he discovers it. So as the story meanders its way there (and I imagine it wouldn’t feel like meandering if I didn’t know what was coming), it felt somewhat slow and “get it on with it” to me. That’s not to say that I didn’t enjoy delving into Cap’s history and seeing him faced with these memories, experiencing them as a reader for the first time. That’s also not to say that seeing how taken aback Cap is at the reveal didn’t have an impact. It did. It’s one of those moments that makes you realize why the next movie is going the route that it is. Can I recommend it? Sure. As a novice as far as Captain America’s source material is concerned, it was easy to follow and didn’t contain a lot of confusing reference to things that might bog the story down. One of its greatest strengths is that this story concerns itself very closely with Steve Rogers, his friends and history, and works really well for newcomers. Final Rating 4/5

  18. 5 out of 5

    Cale

    As a fan of the movies, but someone who hasn't ever read any Captain America stories, I was curious to see how this would work. For the most part, the story provides sufficient detail as to who and what the people involved are, and it sets up the stakes pretty well to start. Red Skull is about to power the cosmic cube with lots of suffering from simultaneous attacks, when a third party assassinates him. Captain America spends most of this volume investigating with Agent 13, trying to figure out As a fan of the movies, but someone who hasn't ever read any Captain America stories, I was curious to see how this would work. For the most part, the story provides sufficient detail as to who and what the people involved are, and it sets up the stakes pretty well to start. Red Skull is about to power the cosmic cube with lots of suffering from simultaneous attacks, when a third party assassinates him. Captain America spends most of this volume investigating with Agent 13, trying to figure out what is going on while also dealing with strange dreams and distorted memories. There actually isn't a whole lot of action here; it's mostly intrigue and flashbacks, and strange asides to peripheral characters who I'm guessing will become important, but never get there in this first volume. The art is fairly good, and the plot is convoluted but understandable. It's biggest flaw is that it never actually seems to get to the point in this first volume, and I'm not sure it's convinced me it's worth finding the second volume; I know the basics from the movie, and while this veers sharply away from the Cinematic Universe in the details, the big picture hints at what will come. I'll give Brubaker the benefit of the doubt just on the basis of all of his other works, and he does some strong character work here. But it really didn't dawn on me until writing this that nothing really happened in this volume.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Barbara

    I just love Cap. It was really good, and the art (as always) was ridiculously amazing!

  20. 5 out of 5

    Ned Lud

    Not really a big fan of the Cap. But you can never go wrong with the great Brubaker !

  21. 5 out of 5

    Raimo

    It cannot be overstated how big of a deal the Marvel Cinematic Universe has been, not only restrained to pop culture - of which it is an integral part of -, but movies as a whole. Ever since the release of Iron Man way back in 2008, the build-up to the Avengers began, which culminated with the release of Avengers:Endgame, the highest-grossing movie of all time. I watched almost all of these movies on the big screen, and during the entirety of the 22-movie run, one character always sprung to mind It cannot be overstated how big of a deal the Marvel Cinematic Universe has been, not only restrained to pop culture - of which it is an integral part of -, but movies as a whole. Ever since the release of Iron Man way back in 2008, the build-up to the Avengers began, which culminated with the release of Avengers:Endgame, the highest-grossing movie of all time. I watched almost all of these movies on the big screen, and during the entirety of the 22-movie run, one character always sprung to mind when thinking about the Avengers: Captain America. A man literally from another time in our modern world. A World War II veteran, who finds himself surrounded by government agents, conspiracy theories and mass surveillance, all the while trying to hold on to the ideals he is supposed to uphold. It makes for riveting storytelling, and the character on the big screen owes a lot of its inspiration to the comic book medium. This comic book serves as an inspiration to one of my favorite movies in the MCU - Captain America: The Winter Soldier. The story presents one of the most enduring aspects of Steve Rogers in the modern world, which is his distrust in the government. He has always been a person who values comradery over governmental supervision, and tends to be very cautious towards trusting higher power that could force control. In this story, he is very reluctant towards his allies, and often ventures head-first into unknown territory; it feels as though he is still fighting in the Great War, and believes that his own brand of justice is the only one that matters. It should also be noted that his suspicions toward governmental power is rooted in his experiences fighting against the Nazis, as there he witnessed what sorts of horrors await those who refuse to abide by the rules. This story helps understand that the world has not changed at all, that even though Rogers has all ready seen the worst in people, and that the world has changed in the period of time he was frozen, the people have not. I believe that what scares him the most is the fact that despite his best attempts to uphold ideals, there is very little use for them in the modern world.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Mike (the Paladin)

    First let me say that I'm old enough to remember Captain America. I collected comics during what is usually called the Silver Era of comics.I collected Avengers and had the mag from #4 (the reappearance of Captain America) on. I had Tales of Suspense from his arrival and then Cap's comic which started at #100. I at one time ran down all the "prehistory of the character I could. He was developed in the 1940s by Jack Kirby and Joe Simon. Finally (some years ago) I had to sell my collection, but I First let me say that I'm old enough to remember Captain America. I collected comics during what is usually called the Silver Era of comics.I collected Avengers and had the mag from #4 (the reappearance of Captain America) on. I had Tales of Suspense from his arrival and then Cap's comic which started at #100. I at one time ran down all the "prehistory of the character I could. He was developed in the 1940s by Jack Kirby and Joe Simon. Finally (some years ago) I had to sell my collection, but I still have fond memories of "him". I love the Captain America character. There are a few comic book characters that seem to transcend their own writers and books, Superman would be another I suppose. Being an "old guy" I suppose it's predictable that I would not be happy with the sort of watered down version of Cap that the PC police have been trying to turn out for some time now. Many of the executives of the comic book companies don't seem to know how to handle Captain America, so, he gets watered down. Cap was (and I suppose would be now) a man of morals. He wouldn't for example simply kill out of hand, by the same token he wouldn't stand by and see evil done when he could do something about it. They get it right when they make sure to point out that Cap would never judge anyone on race, religion, place of origin, etc. But after making that clear, they seem at a loss as to what and who he would be. The sequence in this book for example where Cap is so far gone in his memories that they make him almost helpless seems far out of step with the hero I know. Anyway, I occasionally get one of these books to see what they're doing with Cap...I'm somewhat of a masochist I guess.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Chelsea 🏳️‍🌈

    I guess I never wrote a review for this. This is the second time I've read this volume. I'm re-reading because I want a refresher on Bucky Barnes - as he's written in the comics, anyway. The films didn't really give him a lot of the same depth. Anyway, this is really just a glimpse of the Winter Soldier. Whatever my complaints about the way this run chose to use Sharon Carter (poorly, lets just leave it at that), I like the way Brubaker set up the plot with the Winter Soldier. It's well paced, th I guess I never wrote a review for this. This is the second time I've read this volume. I'm re-reading because I want a refresher on Bucky Barnes - as he's written in the comics, anyway. The films didn't really give him a lot of the same depth. Anyway, this is really just a glimpse of the Winter Soldier. Whatever my complaints about the way this run chose to use Sharon Carter (poorly, lets just leave it at that), I like the way Brubaker set up the plot with the Winter Soldier. It's well paced, the story builds well with Red Skull's apparent death and Lukin. Most importantly, I'm a sucker for any story that shows how grief has affected Captain America's life. This series takes place after the Avengers Disassembled storyline and it shows how losing the team and Hawkeye's death have affected Cap. He's meaner, he's having trouble sleeping and he's spending all of his time alone. All he has is the job and... that's pretty much always how Steve's life has been. He gets a new purpose (taking down Red Skull in the 40s, the Avengers in the 60s, SHIELD in the 70s, Avengers again later on) and then the rug gets ripped away from him (frozen in the ice, the team breaking up a few times, becomes disenfranchised with the government and becomes Nomad, the Avengers break up). Steve keeps having to start over and it's an intriguing thing to watch. Anyway, if you're a Cap fan like me, you've already read this so I don't have to say it's a recommend. Admittedly, if you also hate seeing Sharon Carter get the short end of the string, this series becomes painful to read towards the end of this arc.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Gary Shapiro

    One of the joys of vacation is the time to lie about and read! I have been enjoying Ed Brubaker’s run as Captain America’s scribe for the last several years, but I have been reading each issue as it came out and I found myself a little confused as to what has transpired during this rich and layered storyline. So I went back and dug out the last fifty or so issues of Captain America, collectively known in comics terms as volume 5. I am currently reading issue 29 and I am enjoying these stories im One of the joys of vacation is the time to lie about and read! I have been enjoying Ed Brubaker’s run as Captain America’s scribe for the last several years, but I have been reading each issue as it came out and I found myself a little confused as to what has transpired during this rich and layered storyline. So I went back and dug out the last fifty or so issues of Captain America, collectively known in comics terms as volume 5. I am currently reading issue 29 and I am enjoying these stories immensely. Nowadays comics are reissued as paperback collections as soon as a story arc of six or seven issues is completed, so all of Brubaker’s work is accessible in that fashion. As with the Watchmen and other great comics, the more you know about comics and their history, the more rewarding Captain America by Ed Brubaker is, but it is a great story even if you have never read a comic in your life. If you are unfamiliar with the comics medium, you will be shocked at how well written, adult and utterly engaging this work is.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Logan

    This is my first real captain america story i invested time in and it's amazingly good! Its a great story about The Winter Solider a mysterious new villain. With the movie they made, they got most of it right except in this book they go in much more detail with Winter Soldiers origin story which they were very vague with in the movie. This book is fun and serious, and i think Ed Brubaker did an amazing job with his vision of Captain America! Highly recommend it! This is my first real captain america story i invested time in and it's amazingly good! Its a great story about The Winter Solider a mysterious new villain. With the movie they made, they got most of it right except in this book they go in much more detail with Winter Soldiers origin story which they were very vague with in the movie. This book is fun and serious, and i think Ed Brubaker did an amazing job with his vision of Captain America! Highly recommend it!

  26. 4 out of 5

    J

    Gotta say, I've never been much of a fan of Captain America as a character or concept, but Ed Brubaker can basically do no wrong. In his hands, a stock muscles & tights character is turned into a tortured man with a past, a soldier battling his own rare weird kind of PTSD, and the world these characters inhabit gets a little more real. At any rate, I'll be pursuing more of this title, digging on the storyline and the characterizations. Gotta say, I've never been much of a fan of Captain America as a character or concept, but Ed Brubaker can basically do no wrong. In his hands, a stock muscles & tights character is turned into a tortured man with a past, a soldier battling his own rare weird kind of PTSD, and the world these characters inhabit gets a little more real. At any rate, I'll be pursuing more of this title, digging on the storyline and the characterizations.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Christopher (Donut)

    Although it's not always easy to tell the dates of Kindle reissues, I did see 2005 on one splash page, so this review is pretty late in the day. I can't complain about the art, except to say that, ultra competent as it is, it wasn't very exciting. The story, likewise, was a chore to get through, despite mystery, intrugue, betrayal, madness.. Not sure I want to go much further with Brubaker's CA (and it is a long ride), but I'm glad I got on at the beginning. Although it's not always easy to tell the dates of Kindle reissues, I did see 2005 on one splash page, so this review is pretty late in the day. I can't complain about the art, except to say that, ultra competent as it is, it wasn't very exciting. The story, likewise, was a chore to get through, despite mystery, intrugue, betrayal, madness.. Not sure I want to go much further with Brubaker's CA (and it is a long ride), but I'm glad I got on at the beginning.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Petr

    I was looking forward to this one, but in the end the drawing seemed confusing and also the main storyline was quite convoluted and mixed up with the fake memories of Cap. What I actually liked was the appendix story.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Emma L.

    SPOILER FREE REVIEW! Rating: ⛦⛦⛦ (3/5 stars). I love the marvel cinematic universe (mcu) & captain America is my favorite superhero (well captain America & Spider-Man). Before this obe I've only read the civil war (this was also my very first comic) but I have never read a solo comic all about cap (well until this one). And it didn't dissapoint me. I liked that we got to see more of agent 13 aka Sharon Carter. In the mcu she doesn't have a really big role, so that was a really nice surprise. Th SPOILER FREE REVIEW! Rating: ⛦⛦⛦ (3/5 stars). I love the marvel cinematic universe (mcu) & captain America is my favorite superhero (well captain America & Spider-Man). Before this obe I've only read the civil war (this was also my very first comic) but I have never read a solo comic all about cap (well until this one). And it didn't dissapoint me. I liked that we got to see more of agent 13 aka Sharon Carter. In the mcu she doesn't have a really big role, so that was a really nice surprise. The story itself was interesting too. All though I wasn't a fan of some small things. (view spoiler)[ I don't really like that red skull was in it. Not for long though but still a big no no for me. (hide spoiler)] And the art was meh. I have seen better art styles, so that was a bit of a let down. But at least it had some of my baes in it. Obviously cap & the winter soldier. Btw it wasn't a difficult comic to understand too It was a fun read and it clearly entertained me. I was also excited to read this trade. But I didn't lovee everything from this comic & the art isn't that spectaculair (lol better than everything i draw though). So yeah that's why I gave it a 3/5 stars rating. I do suggest that you'll pick this one up if you're interested in it and if you have some knowledge about captain America. I also got this book/comic from my mother and it was like really cheap. So thanks to my mother for buying it for me and otherwise I'll probably wouldn't have found this trade. It was a fun read though. I seriously need to use the word though less.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Trike

    Finally getting around to reading this, a series that’s considered a modern classic, and I can see why. Brubaker excels at writing espionage and he’s hitting on all cylinders here. If I have one minor complaint, it’s the reveal of who the Winter Soldier is. Marcus and McFeeley did it better in the film, but then they were working off of this excellent springboard. I love the MCU, because it has been almost pitch-perfect in its adaptation of the source material. When you have stuff this good, I’m Finally getting around to reading this, a series that’s considered a modern classic, and I can see why. Brubaker excels at writing espionage and he’s hitting on all cylinders here. If I have one minor complaint, it’s the reveal of who the Winter Soldier is. Marcus and McFeeley did it better in the film, but then they were working off of this excellent springboard. I love the MCU, because it has been almost pitch-perfect in its adaptation of the source material. When you have stuff this good, I’m sure it makes the job both harder and easier. They can’t fit all the complexities of the book into a single movie, so they have to distill it. Superbly, I think. But that makes this book feel like the extended director’s cut, underscoring how everyone did their job so well.

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