The GeeksverseCaptain America And Batroc The Leaper

Captain America And Batroc The Leaper
Published on Wednesday, March 23, 2011 by

Written by: Kieron Gillen
Art by: Renato Arlem
Colored by: Nick Filardi
Lettered by: Blambot's Nick Piekos
Cover Art: Greg Tocchini
Editor: Charlie Beckerman

Now this is how you make a one-shot. It’s not just a one and done story. It grows the character it’s about, in this case Batroc the Leaper. It gives us more understanding of the character. Broadens the character.

The story is told from the point of view of Batroc as he is hired to do a job. The bit about how much he gets paid represents who the intelligence thinks he will face is a great touch. I like his reasoning for what the numbers mean. The part about being 1.5 times more if it’s Elektra because no one wants to die is great.

I like that Batroc realizes he won’t win, that he’s not there to win, he’s there to stall and delay. I like that, knowing he won’t win the fight, that he tries to make himself a little bit better each time. To him that is a victory.

We also get a character moment where he can escape or go for the “kill shot”. Going for the “kill shot” means he’s not a true parkour/traceur, he’s there for the competition. It’s good that he realizes the mistake he made.

The story helps make the character of Batroc better. It shows that he’s not the joke we always thought of him as.

Arlem’s art is decent. He draws the Leaper as too muscular though. The Leaper is supposed to be lean, slender and atheletic. He’s not supposed to be built like a linebacker. I’m surprised the editor’s allowed that to happen.

It’s just not the Leaper when he’s that built. That was a huge mistake with the art.

Captain America and Batroc The Leaper receives
3.5 out of 5

A good story that gets ruined by art that doesn’t work for the type of character.

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