Captain America: The Truth Premiere HC Hardcover – Feb 18 2009
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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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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'!
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.
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.