SRSS #3 of 4
This miniseries brings back one of my favorite Cap villains from one of my favorite arcs as a young reader, but until that was revealed (in issue #2 I think) the book didn't particularly interest me. Once I knew who the bad guy was though, I went back and read the first two issues and found it a solid read. If you liked the first two, you'll like this issue. It's another sturdy but ultimately unexceptional offering, with typical plot holes you can only get away with in comic books and 007 movies--such as why the villain would leave Rogers in the lab complex with the Vita Ray machine ready to go and go to fly off to who knows where. Machinesmith is a villain with a lot of potential and he's too smart for lazy plotlines. I expect more because Ed Brubaker is the writer, and used to blow me with his early Cap run. This is late Cap run-type of okay but not great
It's almost a joke in itself to see Dale Eaglesham drawing a scrawny Steve Rogers--or anybody, for that matter--and I like his artwork here with a couple minor issues with his figures and lack of sublety with facial detail in some panels. The colorist's work is another matter entirely, however. I don't think the shading effects or background colors were done well at all and in one scene he actually seems to forget one of Steve's assailants is a dark-skinned African-American thug and uses the same tones for him as Steve, a pale caucasian. Steve seems to literally shoot the black off of him.
It's so obviously wrong that associate ed Lauren Sankovitch and editor Tom Brevoort deserve a share of the blame along with colorist Andy Troy.
And my only other complaint is how much time is spent fighting beefy thugs who seem to be otherwise unexceptional fighters--I would think Machinesmith would have some competent robots or something, although the end of this issue might be foreshadowing a darker role for the mechanical Mrs Erskine to come in the concluding chapter. Still, I want more Machinesmith, dammit!
I'd give it an 8, but I deduct a point for the coloring snafu so,7
Machinesmith downloads himself into Mrs Erskine!