Writer: Christopher Priest
Artists: Joe Bennett and Jack Jadson
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Since the cover image clearly presents the big surprise of the issue, I feel that I'm released from the constrains that I would normally be under when it comes to potentially spoiling the surprise for other readers. In any event the idea of Captain America becoming involved romantically with the Scarlet Witch is certainly an unexpected development, largely due to the simple fact that Wanda has been an active part of one of the longest running love triangles in the Avengers, while Captain America has expressed no interest toward her in the past. In fact in of all the male characters in the Avengers, Captain America is not exactly a player, as his role in the team in to act as the primary unifying force, and as such his becoming involved with a member of the team would act as a highly disruptive element that would directly impact his role in the team.
However, given the team is going to be ripped apart I can't think of a better opportunity shake things up, and while I'm not sure I fully support this potential relationship it does make for an interesting wrinkle. It should also be noted that there is a sense that there is underlying sense that something wrong with this picture, as Captain America is being haunted by disturbing visions, and one has to love the brief little teaser where it looked like Christopher Priest was going to break one of the sacred rules of the Marvel Universe. I also enjoyed the fact that the Falcon gets a moment to show off his new toy, as there's something endearing about the running commentary that he offers up as he tests out the new features. It's also nice to see J. Jonah Jameson gets a moment to interact with the characters of this book, as he's been confined to the Spider-Man titles for far too long.
Joe Bennett has done wonders for this title, as not only is his highly detailed work quite impressive, but even better it's remarkably easy to follow the action on the page. From the explosive opening sequence that has our heroes battling their way past an army of soldiers in a crowded newsroom, to the high flying action as the Falcon tests out his new wings against a pair of attack choppers. The nightmare scenes also manage to convey the horror of the moment, as we know that Bucky's doomed the moment we see him on that rocket. The only compliant I would make about the art is to repeat that J. Jonah Jameson and the Navy admiral look far too similar, which results in yet another confusing moment.
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