I’m a big, big fan of Alan Davis’s art. So even though I’ve had about a year’s worth of “Captain America” issues stacked up and waiting to be read, Davis and Mark Farmer coming on board to “Captain America” meant that the title was jumping to the top of the stack.
After a strong first issue for the “Powerless” storyline, “Captain America” #7 slows down a bit. It’s a lot of reacting to the events of the previous chapter, as Captain America and company process the temporary loss of Cap’s powers as well as the return of the Madbomb. It’s a necessary piece of the story, as Ed Brubaker lays out for the reader what’s going on as well as what led up to this moment. As a result, there isn’t quite as much flash or wow, but Brubaker leads us through this piece of the puzzle so that we can get the confrontation we’re waiting for at the end of the issue.
In many ways, this feels like a classic “Captain America” story. We’ve got the Serpent Squad, Sharon Carter, Hawkeye, and Falcon; callbacks to Jack Kirby’s “Captain America” stories; and most importantly, it feels like the center of this story has to do with Cap’s faith in himself. All the elements are present for a great overall story, and while this piece is moving a bit slower than the opening chapter, it’s all still strongly on track.
Davis and Farmer provide, as always, great art. Captain America looks like the all-American hero that he is: muscular and handsome, but never ridiculously so. They also do a strong job with the riot scenes. Both the flashback and the present-day scene are a cacophony of bodies and violence. You can glance at the pages and instantly get what’s going on, but a more detailed look will show all sorts of little things that they’ve put in. And it wouldn’t be a Davis comic without all sorts of strangely angled bars in a training sequence for the main character to leap around and through, and once again, Davis delivers.
“Captain America” #7 is a good comic, but at this point if you’re going to pick it up, make sure and grab #6 as well. The two work well as part of a larger story, and Brubaker, Davis, and Farmer make a strong team. I’m looking forward to catching up on the issues still in my to-be-read stack. . . but I’m looking even more forward to “Captain America” #8 and more Davis art.