Even though it's been consistently good, I'd have to say that the first 25 issues were definitively my favorite part of his run. The somber atmosphere felt really fresh and unique then, and the overarching drama between Cap, Sharon and the Winter Soldier was incredibly effective.
The first year or so of Bucky Cap was great, but after that... I don't know, it felt like Brubaker was trying to change his writing style into something more superhero-y, and it didn't work too well. He was losing his unique voice. Captain America Reborn is one of the worst things he's done for marvel, imo. Just a dull and generic superhero story.
But the superhero-y approach's been working much better with the relaunch, specially with the latest arc, and the Winter Soldier ongoing is great too, of course.
Either way, it's been a legendary run. Probably the best Cap run of all time, as much as I respect the work of Grunny and other guys in the past.
I'm just diving into the thread, so if this has already been stated, forgive me.
Thank you, Mr. Brubaker.
Cap was in rough shape in the early 2000's. Marvel tried to relaunch the book as part of the Marvel Knights line and it was...less than spectacular. Four creative teams in 28 issues. Sure, it started with John Cassady art...but it went off the rails shortly there after. The "Marvel Knights" brand never really clicked with Cap.
[Side note: I remember really liking the Dave Gibbons / Lee Weeks 4 part story, but that's besides the point...]
Then Brubaker and Epting came on board and a floundering book became rock solid. Hell, he violated the cardinal rule and brought Bucky back AND MADE IT WORK. I know a lot of unappreciative jerk-offs are whining and saying "he's not as good as he used to be" or "he over-stayed his welcome!" But after 8 years of stories we should be saying one thing - THANK YOU.
An 8 year run is an amazing accomplishment. You revitalized an icon.
Now lets get the rest of this run in omnibus already!
Don't forget that terrible Dan Jurgens run too.
So it was more like re-revitalized the character after years of mediocre to bad stories.
Pretty much. While I'm more of a fan of the Winter Soldier book at this point, he still did 8 years of consistently awesome stories on characters you knew he cared about. That's more than most writers tend to stick on these days. At least he's going out on a high note, and considering he's gonna still be writing one of my favorite Marvel characters, I'm not sad at all.Originally Posted by capntightpants
Thanks Ed for one of the best runs in comics! Love this book. I am so glad he's still writing Winter Soldier.