This is a story of the Iraqi War with an American GI losing his legs and one hand in a Humvee explosion. Before this happens Captain America becomes involved in the fighting and assists the soldiers on their mission. Cap also arrives after the explosion to help in the rescue of the survivors and before and after the soldier’s rehab. The boring but dangerous aspect of the insurgent war is shown as well as the rehab process. The story rings true to what many soldiers have gone through in the Iraq war and while the story ends on a positive note it lacks the bombastic “Nazi smashing” style of Captain America’s World War II stories. The artwork by Fernando Blanco while somewhat understated is more than competent with some excellent cinematic sequences.
Kid Colt One Shot #1 (September 2009) (Marvel, Normally $3.99, 33 story pages)
Former Marvel editor in chief Tom DelFalco and veteran artist Rick Burchett revive one of the old Marvel western properties. Even as a kid western comics didn’t hold a great allure for me. I got my western fix from TV with Roy Rogers, The Cisco Kid, Wild Bill Hickok, Wyatt Earp, Gunsmoke, Have Gun Will Travel, Wagon Train, The Rifleman, Cheyenne, Sugarfoot, Bronco Lane, and many others. The basic plot in this issue is that Kid Colt is on the lamb having been falsely accused of murder. A bounty hunter and his gang are after the Kid. A Wyatt Earp-look-a-like US Marshall and another friendly gun fighter are also involved in the mix. This is part old-fashioned oater with a large dose of Clint Eastwood-style spagetti western thrown in. Rich Burchett does an excellent job with the pencils and inks. The story actually flows better visually than it reads. For a dollar this is a bargain but not for $4.