Grow Closer To Cap
Captain America: The Bloodstone Hunt (2018) is a compilation of 35 Captain America comics from 1989 to 1990. The collection follows Captain America as he looks for a series of stones that give whoever holds possesses them incredible power. He has to prevent a team of bad guys from collecting all the stones.
Goody, Goody Two Shoes
I didn’t know much about Captain America. The few facts I knew about him came from watching this movie. When Marvel started to come out with all the superhero movies, I knew I had to understand Cap’s character a little deeper. The movies present the Captain as a man out of synch with the times. He’s a straight arrow in every conceivable way, but the difference between him and the other heroes is difficult to see. I think it has something to do with the fact that the heroes around him share his goals as well. I needed to know what made him different from the other heroes; I wanted to know if there was more to his character.
Cap is an optimistic, transparent and selfless guy. As I read the book I got the sense that he was just a nerd with muscles. I also thought there might be a couple of factors to consider before making my final judgement. The first of these was the year in which the comic books were released. After all, the 90’s were a different time from today. There was no social media back then and cell phones were not too popular back then. I had to separate the way they spoke back then as the sole marker by which to judge Cap. Think about it. When was the last time you said “Cowabunga”?
I discovered that I liked Captain. There’s no duality to his personality, what you see is what you get with him. This made me think of the plot of the Civil War movie. The only way for the audience to understand Cap’s personality is to pit him against his friends. After reading this collection, I understood just how torn up Captain America was when he battled his friends.
I am a firm believer that comic books are works of art and this book reinforced that belief. The colors are pitch-perfect for the story. The style of the artwork took me back to when I first discovered comic books. They’re impeccable and don’t get in the way of the story.
Since this book is a collection of comic books so the beginning of every section of the story has a recap of what happened before, this was the only drawback to the book. The overarching story is interesting and it kept me turning the pages. I recommend this book to anyone looking to learn more about Captain America.
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