Archive for the ‘Batroc the Leaper’ Category

Captain America #45

September 8, 2015

Captain America 45Ed Brubaker // Luke Ross & Jackson Guice
February 2009
****

The core of #45 is a well-staged fight that Bucky loses (his GF saves him). He retreated in ’68 too: flash back to a spectral Chinese superspy whose look homages the Shadow. But the issue’s appeal is its maguffin, the robotic corpse of Bucky’s onetime comrade-in-arms, Jim Hammond—the Human Torch!

last issue: Captain America #44
next issue: Captain America #46

also indexed for Feb. ’09
Daredevil #114
Guardians of the Galaxy #8
Nova #20

Captain America #44

September 7, 2015

Captain America 44Ed Brubaker // Luke Ross
January 2009
***

Cap tracks the French merc thru the underworld & onto the FDR, where an armored convoy transports a dirty secret for the UN. The Dark Knight hangs heavily over this comic’s visual style, in its heavy-duty highway sequence but also in its drab, generic city-scape & its casual displays of violence.

last issue: Captain America #43
next issue: Captain America #45

also indexed for Jan. ’09
Daredevil #113
Guardians of the Galaxy #7
Nova #19

Captain America #43

September 6, 2015

Captain America 43Ed Brubaker // Luke Ross
December 2008
***

That happened quickly: Bucky is now shacking up w/ the Black Widow. On the plus side, his first regular case as Cap involves a cult favorite (of mine, anyway), Lee/Kirby’s French martial artist Batroc. Add a flashback to Japanese-held Beijing, subtract Epting’s art, and you’ve got New Cap.

last issue: Captain America #42
next issue: Captain America #44

also indexed for Dec. ’08
Daredevil #112
Guardians of the Galaxy #6
Nova #18

Avengers/JLA #4 of 4

October 7, 2013

Avengers.JLA 4 of 4Kurt Busiek // George Pérez
December 2003
***

The crossover ends as it must: in an enormous brawl of punching & zapping. Still, the mag’s creative duo amazingly avoid even a whiff of the corporate avarice that must underpin this mini. The grand scope & casual confidence prove a good capstone to the super-teamwork dynamic that defines the Avengers run of Busiek & Pérez et al. Think of it as a victory lap AWA an impressive work of fan-service.

last issue: JLA/Avengers #3 of 4

also indexed for Dec. ’03
Alias #27
New X-Men #148

Captain America #252

September 5, 2012

Roger Stern & John Byrne
December 1980
****
When one of Thor’s heavies aims a supertanker at NYC, that ol’ French mercenary Batroc teams up w/ Cap to pummel him. You can almost feel the punches land in Byrne’s fight sequences, plus he tosses off one or two A+ layouts. The peppy caper wraps up quickly, so the creators offer some bonus material.
[last issue: Captain America #251]
[next issue: Captain America #253]

Captain America #251

September 4, 2012

Roger Stern & John Byrne
November 1980
****
This throwback to the Lee/Kirby era gets burnished by its creators’ superlative craft. Look at how much time Stern/Byrne devote to Silver Age super-criminals Hyde & Batroc, who hold NYC ransom! Read how revealing the dialogue is, see how smooth & muscular the artwork is. JB draws a perfect Cap.
[last issue: Captain America #250]
[next issue: Captain America #252]

Tales of Suspense #76: Captain America

January 21, 2012

Stan Lee // John Romita
April 1966
B-story: ****
The rippling forms & sure rhythms of recent hire Romita match this mag’s heroic tone perfectly. And his chemistry w/ Lee renders memorable the swinging ’60s villain, a French bounder named Batroc (Batroque?). He’s been hired by a 007-style super-crime ring to steal an explosive isotope from SHIELD.
[A-story: Iron Man]
[last issue: Tales of Suspense #75]
[next issue: Tales of Suspense #77]

Tales of Suspense #75: Captain America

January 20, 2012

Stan Lee // Jack Kirby & Dick Ayers
March 1966
B-story: ***
Ayers isn’t a good partner for Kirby: his pencils lift Jack’s shadows & strip the faces of emotion. Too bad, since a Fifth Ave shopper reminds moody Cap of his wartime romance—but she’s really a US superspy! Even better: a morally ambiguous merc w/ mad combat skills & an outrageous French accent!
[A-story: Iron Man]
[last issue: Tales of Suspense #74]
[next issue: Tales of Suspense #76]