I love Machinesmith, having this character as the main villain gave this issue the same feeling I remember from back in the day reading a really well written Mark Gruenwald story. I personally consider that to be a high compliment. In the conversation between Machinesmith and Rogers, artist Dale Eaglesham fully utilized the stranger aspects of the villain's anatomy. Its always fun to see Machinesmith with arms and head extended and Eaglesham obviously realizes this and gave me exactly what I wanted.
The best part of this issue was the fight between Rogers and the two Super Soldier Serum powered thugs. The fight itself wasn't anything special, but Brubaker smartly juxtaposed it with panels of a young Steve Rogers in a fight with a bunch of kids in the 30s. The point of this is very clear -- Steve Rogers, the man, is more than just the Super Soldier Serum. The result is a fight that is elevated well beyond where it would have been without the 30s panels.
My only problem, with this issue is the character of Anita. The writing around her I've found to be a little flat and after three issues I still can't say I care anything about her. She's an important plot point, but not a character I care to read about. Its such a minor compliant that covers a total of five pages of this issue, so its nothing that even came close to ruining my enjoyment.
8 out of 10
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on Sat Sep 18, 2010 4:34 pm, edited 1 time in total.
Thank you Troy for the sig