CAPTAIN AMERICA: PRISONER OF WAR (Marvel, 2011; Hardcover)
Collects Captain America Nos. 616-619 (cover dates May- August, 2011)
Writers: Ed Brubaker, Howard Chaykin and others
Artists: Mike Deodato, Jackson “Butch” Guice, Howard Chaykin and others
This book is all over the place in terms of quality, the result of having multiple parties involved in order to keep the title's release schedule. The bulk of this book is character sketch/ vignettes, most of them without Brubaker at the helm, and this book really suffers from this. The Gulag arc keeps things moving from the previous volumes, but much of this book suffers the same fate as many recent X-Men collections. These pointless little character sketches do nothing but take up space and pad the page count of the book. They add nothing to the mythos of the character, or any real value to the big picture or story arc. I guess not every Captain America hardcover can be a winner, right?
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