Steve Rogers: Super Soldier comic book review

steve rogers:  super soldierI can’t help it; Steve Rogers is my favorite comic book character.  As Captain America, Rogers has fought the good fight for decades, and he doesn’t do it because he feels guilty about his parent’s murder, or because his uncle was murdered, or because he was bit by a radioactive spider, or because with great power comes great responsibility – OK, I’m picking on  Spider-Man, I’ll stop.  Rogers volunteered to fight the Nazis and was declared 4F so many times that they feds finally decided to experiment on him, see if they could make him the ultimate human specimen.  Yep, Rogers fights for his country with peak human potential muscle and reflexes thanks to the super soldier serum, better known as drugs.  It doesn’t get any more American than that.  But without any real super powers (he doesn’t have the proportional strength of a spider, or anything like that – I know, I know, I’ll stop), Rogers beats evil’s ass with strategy, skill and an unmatched will to succeed.  Oh, and as for Nazis – Cap hates Nazis.  Word, brotha; I hear ya.

This summer, we’re getting a Steve Rogers: Super Soldier mini series.  This is both cool and feeding my need for more exploits by Rogers, because he doesn’t show up much in Captain America these days (don’t worry, that’ll change soon) and there are a ton of other characters in Secret Avengers.

I’ve read the first two issues:

The first issue is promising enough.  The son in law of the inventor of the super solider serum has started up his father in law’s work and has cracked the code to the serum (he memorized some portions of the process and was murdered before committing it all to paper), which Rogers sees as a threat.   The idea that the power that he has could be sold off to the highest bidder gets him moving, and by the end of the issue, the good doctor finally meets Rogers and tells him he’s going to use it to cure cancer, not create a race of super soldiers.  Only moments before, Rogers encountered men who appeared to have already under gone the process, but they seemed unstable, and one passed out.  Before Rogers can question him, an assassin’s bullet pierces the glass and kills the doctor.

The second issue lumbers along.  Rogers tries to beat the identity of the killer out of the local underworld (I forget what city they’re in – it’s not the US, and the comic is waaaaaaay over there…), but no one seems to know anything.  The doctor’s wife seems to be the agent who guarded the door way back when on the night Rogers was administered the super soldier serum, but this is seemingly impossible, given that it occurred in the early 1940s.  A few twists and turns finally reveal to us that it’s Machinesmith who’s behind it all, complete with his army of Life Model Decoys (these LMD robots think they’re human – the wife/agent was just Machinesmith’s way of effing with Rogers) and a new toy – that removes the super soldier serum from Rogers, which is what he does just as the issue ends.

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I guess I should point out that he’s been in this situation before – way back in 1989.  If you folks at Marvel thought no one would remember, well, you thought wrong, dogg.  I’m a Captain America geek – it’s what I do.  But, given that I can’t recall Marvel using this plot decide in a good 20 years, I’ll let it slide.  But it still sucks, and the reason it sucks now is the reason it sucked then:

He’s a super soldier – as the title of the series so eloquently points out.  What fun is it to watch Steve Rogers run around and try to solve mysteries as some scrawny little wind bag?  Why don’t you just replace Rogers with me?!? I don’t need to see him punch people and say, “Ow!”  I’ve seen it.  It’s dumb.

Nevertheless, we’re in Act II now, so I understand Rogers needs to placed in a tough situation.  Wouldn’t an army of super soldiers to fight be more fun than not having his enhanced abilities against the king of the robots?  I’m prejudging, because issue 3 isn’t out yet, and I don’t know where they’re going, but whatever.  I doubt its anywhere good.

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Posted on August 17, 2010, in comic book reviews and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

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