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Siege: Captain America

Posted: Tuesday, April 13, 2010
By: Paul Brian McCoy

Christos N. Gage
Federico Dallocchio
Marvel Comics
Editor's Note: Siege: Captain America arrives in stores tomorrow, April 14.

"Bear Any Burden"

Of the three Siege One-Shots released this week, this is the one you can skip with no regret. Whereas Siege: Loki allows the current Thor writer, Kieron Gillen, an opportunity to provide a look at how Loki's hand has been in all of this for a while now, and Siege: Young Avengers at least allows for some character work and serves to keep the team in the spotlight as we wait for the return of Allan Heinberg, Siege: Captain America accomplishes absolutely nothing.

Which is kind of sad, because it's not a horrible book. There's actually some potential here. Gage does a passable job with the story, for what it is, and Dallocchio's art is, at times, glorious. But there's just no reason for this comic to even exist.

And since it does exist, I just have to wonder, why isn't it written by Brubaker? All the other Siege One-Shots featuring characters with current ongoing series are written by their regular writers. Except this one.

So that's weird.

Anyway, this is really just a story about Steve and Bucky climbing out of the rubble of Asgard and saving some stupid white trash from getting killed, before they run off to continue the fight in Siege #4. That's really the whole thing. Only one "super villain" shows up and that he's able to put up any kind of fight, not only against one Captain America, but both Caps together, is just ridiculous.

It feels like it was written in an afternoon while Gage was busy doing other things that he actually cared about.

Visually, Dallocchio starts strong, with some very impressive visuals. He makes the stupid white trash family's home seem real, and is also able to capture the violence and danger of the battle in Asgard. And when Asgard falls, you can feel it.

Unfortunately, from that point on, we get a lot of problems. The most off-putting being the representations of both Captain Americas. In an attempt to maintain a sense of realism, Dallocchio eschews the exaggeration or expressionism necessary to really sell the Captain America costumes, and as a result, both Caps look a bit absurd. Particularly Bucky-Cap.

The action sequences are confusing and in one essential scene, Dellocciho seems to have forgotten to draw the villain's legs. Unless he's got them locked together tightly in an attempt not to pee, that is. Otherwise, he's just missing his legs.

This is Dallocchio's first Marvel work, I think, and it's just not the right project for his style. I could see him working really well on other titles, and I'm sure we will.

I hate giving such a low score for a book that, with just a little more work and in another context, could have been good. Or at least interesting. But the writing is lackluster and the art is ill-suited for the story. I really just don't see why this book was even created, much less released.

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