Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Captain America #605

Rub a dub dub, one man in a tub. Not a butcher, nor baker, but Mr. Ed Brubaker. The tub of creativity, and stories that read with content on multiple levels, is filled with Brubaker and his conclusion to "Two Americas" in Captain America #605. You can't get this tub at the Home Depot.

"Two Americas", Ed Brubaker's latest Captain America adventure, concludes with a seemingly final confrontation between the fake look-a-like Cap and the new mantle bearing Bucky Cap. Brubaker portrays the doppelganger Cap as a man wondering where his America of the 50's has gone, a sentiment many current Americans share. Yet as the fake fails to notice, the old ways have changed, and who is to say they haven't changed for the better.

Sure technology and the expanding of global jobs has changed the economic landscape which used to encourage entrepreneurship and farmland ideals, but the expansion of communication and ideas has lead to better social awareness and understanding of other cultures. Equality has been pursued in ways it has never been before so that we can share America instead of encouraging two Americas: the rich and the poor, the white and the not-white, the christian and the other religions, the gay and the straight. Due to changes in the world, which technology  has touched (economy, world awareness, environment, communications, etc.), America must also change or remain left in the past. If America can evolve as a unit, I think we have a good chance.

Jerry Seinfeld has a bit about how in the future all of society dresses the same in full body silver jump suites. At some point we have all come together to agree...mainly on jump suites. Brunaker concludes "Two Americas" by pointing out that while we may all have the best of intentions and good hearts, we must meet at some kind of intellectual and mural middle ground. At the core, we want the same things: life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Unfortunately for the fake Cap, by the end of this comic of the day, he was unable to hold on to all three.

If you happen to pick up Captain America #605, an excellent edition to the Captain America story-line and the Ed Brubaker storytelling collection, you will be treated to some fine art by Luke Ross. Ross especially shines with his closing Cap and Bucky confrontation 4 panel page where Bucky closes the page with the line, "Damn it all to hell..." Which, by the way, has a double meaning.

You'll see.

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