100 Days, 100 Comics #100: ‘Captain America’ #641

I’m happy that #100 gets to be a Captain America book. Yes, maybe I should have selected something riskier to end this review series, but issue #614 by Ed Brubaker and Butch Guice allows me to bow out of “100 Days, 100 Comics” with a pleasant taste in my mouth. From Dr. Faustus’ courtroom escapades to Sin’s hostage exchange demands and Steve Rogers’ performance this month, this is the kind of comic book that keeps me interested in mainstream superhero stories. Guice’s character expressions and physical acting are ridiculously subtle and effective, and Brubaker doesn’t waste a scene or a line in the whole script.

It’s got silly moments, tense moments and some extremely well-paced action. I actually really hate leaving a review without some negative prodding to balance things out, but Captain America is basically my ideal hero book incarnate, and the “Trial of Captain America” arc playing out at the moment is absurdly good. Thus, I have nothing else to add beyond saying you should be caught up and reading this stuff.

And with that, I am ready to start dropping “100 Days, 100 Comics” from the headlines on this blog. I am slightly embarrassed that I started these write-ups on August 24, 2009, and am just now concluding, but 2010 was a busy and amazing year filled with lots of paid work, and I met all of those deadlines, so I can’t be too cranky. In the meantime, I’ll keep reviewing and posting, so stick around, and if you’ve been reading since the beginning, thanks! I’ll buy you a beer or non-alcoholic beverage of your choosing sometime.

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