Monthly Archives: July 2009

Reborn on the Fourth of July

Reborn #1
Writer: Ed Brubaker
Pencils: Bryan Hitch
Inks: Butch Guice
Colors: Paul Mounts
Letters: Virtual Calligraphy
Cover artists: Hitch & Guice/John Cassaday/Alex Ross/Joe Quesada & Danny Miki
Editor: Tom Brevoort
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Price: $3.99 US

I was looking for something topical to write about for the site for July 4, and this week’s release of this title (combined with the delay of a few days’ vacation) provided just the sort of subject matter for a review on U.S. Independence Day. Of course, the readers should really pay no attention to the title of this series or even the issue number. In reality, this is Captain America #601 (or #52, or whatever number scheme associated with the most recent incarnation of the regular Captain America title you prefer), as writer Ed Brubaker is simply continuing the story that he began with Captain America #1 in 2005. The plot feels natural and logical, so for regular Cap readers, it’ll prove satisfying in that regard. However, the nature of the story — the miraculous resurrection of a fallen super-hero — requires Brubaker to stray from espionage genre that was so much a part of the creative success of his run on Cap and to embrace cliches of the super-hero genre that don’t seem to merit the hullabaloo that Marvel’s making of this event.

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