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Weekly Reviews For 10/24/12
Published on Tuesday, October 30, 2012 by

A short group of reviews this week as the Oktober Guard debuts in Cobra #18 and Ed Brubaker ends his run in Captain America #19

Cobra #18 ($3.99, IDW Publishing)

Cobra #18, cover by Fuso

  • Writer: Mike Costa
  • Artist: Antonio Fuso
  • Colorist: Arianna Florean
  • Letterer: Neil Uyetake
  • Editors: John Barber & Carlos Guzman

The Oktober Guard was first introduced way back in Marvel’s G.I. Joe: ARAH #6 and have made numerous appearances since then, including a couple in the Sunbow cartoons. They have been the Soviet Union’s answer to the G.I. Joe team or the Joe team is America’s answer to them, depends on who you ask. This issue introduced them to the IDW Joe continuity and in a big way.

This is not the familiar Oktober Guard. This is a rough and tough group, heavily armed and armored, and bad to the bone. They still seem to be working for Russia, but seem to operate in their own guidelines. And I like them. Daina, Gorky, Horrorshow and Sturmavik. Familiar names, new take and it’s a good one.

We also get a deeper look into Ronin, and what makes her tick. This has been needed for awhile now because the character has been such an enigma. It’s nice to see behind the curtain and get into her head. Loved the parts with Tomax Paoli casually mentioning talking with Sturmavik the night before. Good stuff, reminds us that Paoli is still extremely dangerous.

4 out of 5


Captain America #19 ($3.99, Marvel Comics)

Captain America #19, cover by Epting

  • Writer: Ed Brubaker
  • Artist: Steve Epting
  • Colorist: Frank D’Armata
  • Letterer: VC’s Joe Caramagna
  • Assistant Editor: Jake Thomas
  • Editors: Tom Brevoort & Lauren Sankovitch

Eight years and Ed Brubaker’s run on Cap comes to an end. And what a run it’s been. The title has restarted with a new #1 a couple of times, but the same tone and feel has been there. Mark Waid had an epic run on the title. I think Ed’s was even better. Brubaker’s Cap was equal parts spy and equal parts super hero. And it’s a nice touch having Steve Epting as the artist since he was the artist when it all started eight years ago.

Issue #18 was the end of the current storyline and that allows Brubaker to write an epilogue to his eight years. It’s a good epilogue. The opening starts off a bit odd, hard to follow with the two Caps, but it really doesn’t matter because the heart and meat of this story is the conversation Steve Rogers has with William Burnside.

The conversation is what it means to be Cap, to carry the symbol and the legacy. Brubaker writes a nice epilogue, showing Captain America as more then the man, as being a symbol. But at the same time it’s a nice goodbye to Steve Rogers, showing what makes him the perfect Captain America. Burnside was a nutcase, who tarnished the legacy of Captain America but Rogers gives him a huge honor at the end (and I don’t mean the burial at Arlington). Telling Burnside that he’ll carry on the legacy of Captain America for him, that’s the honor Rogers gives.

I’m sad to see Brubaker go, especially since I’m not looking forward to Remender’s first storyline in the new Cap book, but this was a nice way to go out.

5 out of 5


Battle Beasts #4 ($3.99, IDW Publishing)

Battle Beasts #4, cover by Schiti

  • Writer: Bobby Curnow
  • Artist: Valerio Schiti
  • Colorist: Claudia SGG
  • Letterer: Shawn Lee

NO!! It can’t end like that, there needs to be another mini-series, or better yet it does what Transformers did with Marvel back in the day and just becomes an ongoing series. I need to see what happens next. Excellent cliffhanger style ending to what has been a surprisingly excellent mini-series.

Yes, surprisingly. Curnow and Schiti have done a great job with the property, making it interesting. It’s a great looking book and it’s a well written book. This is a reimagining of an old 80s toy property. Rub the symbol on the humanoid beasts chests and see what element they were, then off to battle you go. They took that idea, along with the new minimates by Diamond Select Toys, and made a very interesting new story. The Beasts have personality, they have history and they have depth. For characters whose only reason to exist is to fight, you wouldn’t expect much in the way of characterization. But Curnow does a great job.

The series ends on a high note and it really comes down to Bliss, the human woman aiding the good Beasts. Without her, there is no victory. And Bliss is a great character on her own. I don’t know why, but I love her character.

Do yourself a favor and pick up these mini-series and demand more. If you can’t get the mini-series, get the upcoming trade.

5 out of 5

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