Captain America: Reborn #5

Captain America: Reborn #5

Writer: Ed Brubaker Artist: Bryan Hitch, Butch Guice Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: December 16, 2009 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 10
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Steve Rogers is back...or is he? This is the action-packed finale of the best-selling series as the Avengers try to rescue their best and brightest from the Red Skull's darkest designs. Find out the fates of Steve Rogers and Bucky Barnes and what their futures hold in store! Rated T …$3.99

  • 9.0
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck Dec 17, 2009

    With one issue to go, this has been one of Marvel's best stories from the past year. Here's hoping it has an equally-dynamic conclusion on the way. Read Full Review

  • 8.8
    Comix 411 - David Torres Dec 21, 2009

    This has been a good series, but I'm looking forward to the end with Steve back and seeing where Brubaker takes him from here. I highly recommend this issue for Cap fans. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    IGN - Dan Phillips Dec 16, 2009

    In explaining away some of their most egregious recent editorial gaffes, Marvel has often hid behind the fact that all we be forgiven, if not forgotten, once a mismanaged project is collected. I don't think that will be the case for Captain America Reborn. This issue makes me seriously consider whether this story will ultimately read better in one sitting than if they kept the mini at five issues and collected it alongside Who Will Wield the Shield?. I suppose time will tell, even if fans are unlikely to forget how poorly Steve's return was handled in the periodicals. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Comic Book Revolution - Kevin Dec 20, 2009

    Captain America Reborn #5 was a good read that was not as great as it could have been since Marvel has decided to spoil what happens in this mini-series ending already. With the ending already spoiled it is a bit harder to get excited for the final issue of this mini-series. Still Brubaker and Hitch have done a solid job on this mini-series so far and I look forward to seeing how we reach the ending of Steve being back. If you have not picked up this series up yet I recommend picking it up in trade as I have no doubt that this mini-series will read much better as a trade than it has been in single issues. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Book Resources - James Hunt Dec 16, 2009

    Sadly, that realization will come as small comfort for those who have waited six weeks since the last issues. Although there's nothing wrong with this issue, whatever suspense existed in "Captain America: Reborn" to begin with has long since evaporated. It's undeniably good, but when a comic leaves you with a feeling best expressed by the sentence "how much longer to go?," well, that's not exactly a classic issue in the making. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Major Spoilers - Matthew Peterson Dec 18, 2009

    This issue is a good one from an action perspective, with an all out battle between robot monsters and the Avengers, the fight between Cap and Red Skull in Steve's mind, and the fighty-fighty of battlin' Caps against a backdrop that represents liberty itself. That said, there's not a lot OTHER than the action going on here, as Steve's participation is kind of tangental to the action. Bryan Hitch's art is always good, but here he reaches heights that I haven't seen since The Ultimates Version 1 a few years ago. I can certainly see why they chose to expand this series, though, as finishing everything up in this issue could easily have made it all cramped. This issue, like Flash Rebirth #5, features a battle between resurrected hero and their definitive villain, but here it works better for a couple of reasons. Brubaker doesn't spend a lot of time analyzing WHY Steve Rogers would stand against the Red Skull, it just has him do it, and more importantly, has him do it definitively. We're in Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comics Bulletin - Jason Sacks Dec 15, 2009

    Since any devoted reader of Marvel already knows how this story will come out, this comic had to be especially terrific in order to sustain that reader's interest. Instead, this issue is a letdown compared with previous issues. The widescreen blockbuster called Reborn has gotten kind of mindless. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    The Weekly Crisis - Ryan Schrodt Dec 17, 2009

    It seems like for every step forward with this issue, there is another step back. The Cap/Red Skull stuff is very cool, but the rest of the issue really doesn't live up to it. A big part of this is because the action scenes rely heavily on Bryan Hitch's artwork, but his less than memorable performance here doesn't give these scenes the jumpstart they need to put this book any higher on the Rankings. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Alex Evans Dec 18, 2009

    It's good, old fashioned fun, but it's also damaged goods. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Eye On Comics - Don MacPherson Dec 20, 2009

    Bryan Hitch's photorealistic art is attractive, and I do like the consistency that inker Butch Guice brings to the mix, making this book appear a bit more like what we got in the Captain America series leading up to this moment. But the meticulously detailed, convincing backdrops and action really aren't necessary for this book. Brubaker has opted for a cliched approach to the plot, yes, but it's also a thoroughly traditional super-hero story. Therefore, it really calls for a simpler and more exaggerate look in the artwork. Colorist Paul Mounts maintains an eerie tone throughout the book with some unusual colors, and that would've been perfect had this story maintained the same sort of atmosphere as the plotlines that led up to it. But instead, the bombastic, ham-fisted approach to the story really calls for a louder, more colorful and vibrant tone. It's not really a failing of the artists, per se, but rather a mismatch between the writing and the visuals. Read Full Review

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