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Captain America: Truth [Hardcover]

Robert Morales , Kyle Baker
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Feb. 18 2009
In every war, people demand their champion. In World War II, that hero was Captain America. TRUTH is the controversial, declassified story of the African American men involuntarily subjected to the U.S. War Department's "Super Soldier" project, in a race to develop a serum that might turn the tide against the Axis powers...if the Nazi's didn't get to it first! An epic spanning the time just before the attack on Pearl Harbor into the present day, TRUTH finally reveals the tragic sacrifice that a Black infantry unit made for their country - and what those sacrifices mean to a white man named Steve Rogers. Collects TRUTH #1-7.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Daring and smart June 22 2013
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Captain America: Truth is exactly what superhero comics that want to be "dark" "sophisticated" or "edgy" should strive for. Robert Morales weaves a believable tale of the real-life struggles of African Americans during WWII into the familiar story of one of the most iconic American superheroes. Morales' story is all the more plausible for how closely it follows real events. This is how you bring complex adult themes to the world of four-color superheroes.

Kyle Baker is at his loosest and most cartoony here, which may be off-putting to readers more used to the cinematic hyper-realism of comics like the Ultimates line. For a story as emotionally resonant and dark as Truth, however, the cartoonish art provides a welcome level of remove. If drawn with too much realism, the story could have been almost unbearably self-important.

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Amazon.com: 4.1 out of 5 stars  14 reviews
8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent artwork, great spin on a classic story March 27 2009
By J. J. Masino - Published on Amazon.com
Kyle Baker, as always, delivers with some pretty amazing artwork.

I truly think this story should be in continuity for the Marvel 616 universe. Can't wait to see Baker's take on Hawkman in DC's upcoming weekly, 'Wednesday Comics'!
4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The other Captain America... Feb. 17 2011
By Cozzster - Published on Amazon.com
So here we have an interesting story where it is proposed the Super Soldier Serum that created Captain America was first tested on unwitting African American Soldiers. Many of the Soldiers become deformed from the serum and/or die from the effects of it, save one. One Soldier survives and is not deformed and dawns the star spangled suit and does roughly the same job the Captain America we know does when he comes on the scene.
The story itself is not bad and the idea is probably in keeping with the way things were back in the day. The artwork on the other hand is TERRIBLE, as one other reviewer stated. Pretty much anyone with a pencil could draw this book, so if you need spectacular artwork to read a book, avoid this one. If you want a pretty interesting story, I recommend picking it up and checking it out.
4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best. Story. Evar!!! Sept. 2 2009
By s davis - Published on Amazon.com
i found out about this story after it ran its course a few years back, and have been on a constant search for the back issues. it goes without saying that i was extremely happy to find this hard cover edition, and the story did not disappoint. marvel has always been known for tying their characters to our actual reality, and taking one of the many sad and despicable acts done to black people by this government only makes captain america's history more grounded. i see it as a wonderful character story of the united states (and the means those in power at the time would go to, in order to gain any military edge during the second world war), the black soldiers (even after being discriminated based on their culture and then ruthlessly experimented on, they still fought for their country), and captain america (who only proves time and time again that hes the standard for morals and principles). everyone that i have given this book to, be them avid comic book readers, or those that do not, has come back and commented that it was a great story, regardless of the medium it was written in. take the opportunity and read truth: red, white, and black. you will not be disappointed.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Would have been better... in the hands of a far more talented artist Aug. 18 2012
By William Kendall - Published on Amazon.com
A muddled, murky retcon that messes around with the Captain America story, suggesting that while the super soldier was off covering himself in glory during the Second World War, the program was experimenting on African American troops, one of whom is the core figure of the miniseries. It brings up numerous difficult themes- race, human experimentation, war, evil- but gets derailed completely by the art. Baker's work on the art is reprehensibly bad and childish, and it completely takes away any value the book might have otherwise had. Avoid it like the plague.
3.0 out of 5 stars 5 Star Writing, 1 Star Art March 30 2014
By Josh - Published on Amazon.com
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As a lifelong Captain America fan, it took me a little longer to reading this than it probably should have. Robert Morales does an excellent job weaving the origin story of one of comics' most iconic figures with some of the more sordid elements of American History.

To all those who are worried this retcon's Captain America's start, it does not. The black soldiers presented enlisted in the Army after Japan attacked Pearl Harbor in 1941. In Marvel Comics history, Steve Rogers took the Super-Soldier Serum in 1939. What this story does, is examine how a second-class citizenry was manipulated in such an inhumane manner in the attempts to replicate the serum.

With all that said, the art is dreadful. So much so that I might not have bothered reading this if I weren't a Cap fan. The strength of this story is the writing, it's greatest handicap is the art. For all the seriousness Morales brings to the table, Baker waters it down with soft cartoonish frames that are dissonant with the material. In 20+ years of reading comics, this is easily one of the worst creative mistakes I have had the misfortune of encountering.

TL;DR - Amazing story, awful art. Intellectually challenging but visually appalling, so not as emotionally impactful as it could have been.
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