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Captain America has always been one of my favourites of the Marvel Universe. It has been great in recent years to be able to pick up first the Essential issues which doesn't bother me as many comics back in my day that were reprinted in the UK were B&W anyway, and now the Epic Collection which is in full glorious colour. My Cap America collecting in the 70s/80s was sporadic, but I guess another kid in my neighbourhood collected him as well, so it depended on who could get to the newsagent first on a Saturday morning! We also depended on an old girl who had a newsstand on the corner come rain or shine for our DC/Marvel fix. So these collections fill in the gaps. Although Cap and Falcon dealt with the gangs and social issues (way before anyone else in my opinion), this part of the series (267-285) goes back to Cap's WWII roots with the return of Zemo, Zola, Baron Strucker, The Invaders and The Howling Commandos. Again, this is a very strong series of stories to enjoy.
Ótima coletânea de histórias anos 80 do Capitão, com vários momentos clássicos: o surgimento do 2o Barão Zemo e Ratus; a transformação de Jack Monroe (o Bucky dos anos 50) em Nômade; Bernie Rosenthal descobre o segredo de Steve; e dois tensos confrontos com a Hidra, liderada pelo Barão Strucker e Víbora!
For a kid growing up in the 80's, Mike Zeck WAS my Captain America artist. Yes, Byrne had a good run, along with others, but Zeck's art is what I fondly remember about the time. This collection finally brings Mike's work to the Epic Collections, and it's some incredible stuff! In addition to Captain America, we are treated to guest stars like Nick Fury, the Defenders, and even Team America (how they pulled off the licensing to get that issue in there I'll never know, but I'm so glad to see the Team in action again)! We also get re-introduced to Jack Monroe, who becomes the new Nomad. You also get to read Cap Annual #6, featuring four Captain Americas (including the two from "What If?" issue #4) fighting side-by-side!
There is so much to love in this collection, and I can't find an issue to complain about. Sal Buscema even comes in at the end for the art for the final issue, so you are going out with a bang. Villians like Baron Strucker, Vermin, Everyman, Hydra, and others will be showing up along the way. This is some of Captain America's shining moments of the 80's and I hope they give us another collection from this era soon!
TL;DR 🥱😴- The book came extremely clean with zero scratches. Can’t wait to buy more Marvel comic epic collections from you guys! There’s a reason why this product has nothing but 5 star reviews (at the time of writing).
Personal Experience 🧑🏾 I’m a huge MCU, Marvel anime, and Marvel cartoon fan. I’ve been looking to get into the comics but compared to the organized by season shows and movies, the comic were much harder to try to find a starting point for. After failing trying to find a good starting point for the Ultimate comics, I found these epic collections. So as a Steve Rogers fan I had to get one of his Captain America collections first. There’s SO much freaking content in just one of these books!! It’s insane. It’s basically the highlights of a comic run. I’m loving this book so much I literally cannot wait to buy more of the epic collections! Mighty Thor, I’m looking at you!
The Product 📦 The book was the cleanest thing I’ve ever received via Amazon or any online shopping site ever. The entire book was individually wrapped in plastic protection. It doesn’t come with its own box or anything. Of course the shipping box but in terms of the product, no box protection. Once received and opened, the book had a very interesting smell, like the kind you when opening a new box of shoes or the latest smartphone. It was extremely pleasant, and for those who see it as a negative thing no worries. The smell faded away after the first hour or so of flipping pages, reading, general usage, etc. It’s not light lifting but it’s not heavy.
The comics themselves are amazing and I recommend the book for them with no reservation. Mike Zeck is a personal favorite artist and these books came out when I was collecting pretty hardcore in middle school. They definitely take me back to a wonderful time in my life.
The ONLY reason this is a 3 star (and not 5 star) review is because of the cheap, flimsy materials that Marvel has been using for their books recently. It's so disappointing to add this to my Epic Collection library along side prior volumes made with better materials. Add to that the fact that Amazon shipped it in a padded envelope (instead of a box), and it arrived with a permanent warp/bend in the lower, right corner.