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Essential Captain America - Volume 5 Paperback – Jul 7 2010

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Marvel (July 7 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0785145354
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785145356
  • Product Dimensions: 17.1 x 3.2 x 25.7 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 540 g
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #496,207 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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HASH(0x9a950f24) out of 5 stars Captain America continues strong Dec 12 2010
By Dylan Luciano - Published on
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Captain America generally continues being very strong in this volume. Although the art in the first half of the story really isn't that good. Captain America just has one awful facial expression on every panel that he's in, and his eyes usually look either completely shut or getting there. But the art picks up during Kirby's Captain America annual which is just really nicely done.

The Annual critiques but at the same time praises America as Captain America goes through America's time line good and bad. I wouldn't call it a fantastic comic but its very well done and worth reading multiple times. After the art improves though the storyline stays the same. Featuring Captain America fighting aliens and having very good super heroic adventures.

While I would generally would recommend this book, the art isn't good for a chunk of it. (The story pretty much stays at the same quality though)
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HASH(0x9a82718c) out of 5 stars VOLUME 5...STARS? Feb. 11 2012
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HASH(0x9a827150) out of 5 stars If you don't enjoy Jack Kirby Oct. 11 2014
By Ricky Killingsworth - Published on
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If you don't enjoy Jack Kirby, and who doesn't, these stories definitely remind you why he is called the KING!!
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HASH(0x9a82772c) out of 5 stars Long Live The King! Dec 30 2014
By Jason Kerr - Published on
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Essential 5 covers the time period of 1975 to early 1977. I was just a kid then and reading this material for me is really reading it for the first time but it was apparent that the series really wasn't going anywhere before Jack Kirby came back. You have to suffer through 5 issues of Frank Robbins artwork first and maybe that is a good thing because you can appreciate Kirby's return that much better. Kirby was given the wheel to drive Cap as he felt he should be driven. To prepare you for the transition, Kirby did annual #3 and then given another special issue (Captain America's Bicentennial Battles). I won't get into story lines because special editions are usually kept separate from the main continuing story lines but the artwork on annual #3's cover lets you know that things are going to change. Kirby was Marvel's greatest artist. His rendering of scientific machines and gadgets, outer space, action and maybe his most telling trademark which is the depiction of ugly looking villains raises the bar for all other artists. Kirby could have believed that the face of evil is ugly and he was not shy about showing it! So, how did the series turn out from this point? Kirby writes and does artwork from issues 193 to 205 in this volume. First off, the traditional battle against the super villain of the month is taken away completely. "Mad Bomb" kicks off a very long serial that showcases a battle against an elite society that wants to take back the controls of the USA by using a specialized bomb that drives people into a murderous frenzy. The idea is that the people will destroy each other and when the time is ripe, the elite will just walk in and take over. Kirby's writing is very serious and he knows how to keep a serial continuous with great plot twists and cliffhangers. It takes 8 issues to conclude this saga but I think this material is really great. The next storyline involves "The Night People". Kirby did this type of material back in 1940 and the story line is a little off beat but the thing is, you just don't know where Kirby will take you next. Speaking of stories, Jack remembered that Cap has a love interest and Sharon Carter finally appears in issue 202. Where Stan Lee had Sharon as a kick butt agent of Shield, Kirby has her as an inactive agent and her personality is just like all the other Marvel woman depicted that look pretty, hate violence and want their men to stop being super heroes. Characters, like people, do change but to have Sharon become a dandelion doesn't seem right. This archive does end on a high note with the last two issues. If you are a Cap fan and reading these archives in order for the first time, you'll definitely enjoy this one!