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Captain America #4 (Vol. 3)
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December 27th, 2012 by Rusty

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Captain America #4 cover

Captain America #4 (Vol. 3)

Date: April 1998
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Cover Price: $1.99
2012 NM Price: $3.00
Stats: 22 color pages plus ads and “American Graffiti” letters page.
Writer: Mark Waid
Artists: Ron Garney, Bob Wiacek, Joe Rosas.
Notable Notes: Cap gets annoyed while Hawkeye makes fun of him!

Classic Captain America

Some of the things that first drew me to the Captain America comic books (many years ago) was how he looked and acted. I loved that fact that he was a true American hero and totally looked the part. This issue (and really all of volume 3 so far) reminds me of how I used to feel, and that is a good thing. I really enjoyed reading this issue, and here’s why:

Synopsis:

Last issue saw Captain America getting his old, old shield back. This one starts out with him putting it to good use as he and Hawkeye stop a Hydra agent from releasing nerve gas in Times Square. Cap starts to feel a little self-conscious and, dare I say it – embarrassed, by all the attention his adoring public is heaping on him. To make matters worse Hawkeye joins whole-heartedly in all the “Cap-mania.” Captain America is highly annoyed but when the French villain Batroc “leaps” into town to challenge Cap Steve Rogers pushes all other thoughts out of his mind as he and Hawkeye take on this master of martial arts in downtown New York. When the two of them finally drive le méchant away, Cap’s fans go stark raving mad with excitement – but this time Captain America doesn’t seem to mind so much.

My 2 Cents:

  • Mark Waid, in my opinion, is one of the best comic writers around and this issue is no exception to his talent and deep love of classic comic characters! A very well written story here with some great dialogue.
  • The art in this issue is also fantastic! Garney’s crisp pencils are beautifully filled out by Wiacek and Rosas. Captain America has a great classic look, and the action scenes and facial expressions are excellent! I spent lots of time on each page just looking at the great scenes. Bravo!
  • I am not a big fan of “preachy” comic book stories, and this one doesn’t really approach that level, but it does have an overall “moral” to it. It actually ends up being kind of cool – and seeing Cap smile at the end was totally cool!
  • I can’t tell you how much I liked these fold-out covers that included biographical info about all the major characters in the story, as well as the recent history of the main character. It really is a shame that Marvel doesn’t do this anymore – it was a great idea that made the comic reading experience even better. Oh well… sigh.

How I Rate This Issue:

  • Story: 5 stars
  • Art: 5 stars
  • Fun Factor: 5 stars

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