Captain America: Operation Rebirth

Captain America - Operation RebirthSummary: The world again believes Captain America dead, but his life is saved by one he himself thought lost forever: S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent Sharon Carter, the gallant girlfriend he saw perish in flames long before! But his one-time true love has only rescued him on behalf of his deadliest enemy, the Red Skull, who can’t conquer the world until he and Cap stop Adolf Hitler and the Cosmic Cube from doing it first! Will working with one evil against another cost Cap his place as the U.S.A.’s premier protector? Guest-starring the Avengers and Doctor Doom! Collects Captain America #444-448 and #450-454

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Captain America: Operation Rebirth, by Mark Waid and Ron Garney 4.5

‘Operation Rebirth’ is a collection of Captain America comics that were first published in 1996. It covers the period after Captain America, dying because the Super-Soldier serum has dissipated in his blood, is healed by his arch-nemesis, the Red Skull. He feels obligated to join him in saving the world from Adolf Hitler (seriously!), now possessing the power of the Cosmic Cube. But is that truly the Red Skull’s intentions?

It also tacks on a second part, a second story arc, which covers the events following this particular mission. Here, Cap’s loyalties come under fire and the President of the United States is forced to banish him abroad – in this case Great Britain. Forced to turn in his uniform and shield, with the help of Sharon Carter he attempts to clear his name and, at the same time, save the President from a plot by the Machinist.

While some people laud Waid’s work on the Captain America series, I can’t say that I’m impressed with this collection. In fact, to me it didn’t feel like anything special at all; it’s a par-for-the-course comic book story like we’ve seen many times over – the only real difference being that it’s spread over many volumes, whereas in the good ol’ days, it would have been wrapped up in one or two books.

Otherwise, though, it’s nothing special.

Even the art is good, but unexceptional. Garney does a decent job of rendering the book’s art, but it seems like small potatoes in a post-Todd MacFarlane and Jim Lee world. To me, the whole thing gave off a slick, but sterile vibe that was unsatisfying. I can’t quite put my finger on it, even though I tried to figure out the problem the whole time I was reading the book, but it left me vacant, unimpressed.

And yet it’s more than serviceable; the guy has talent. So what gives?

Anyway, all this to say that I slogged through this collection. I even considered dropping it halfway through, which is rare for me. I was so bleeding bored that it was a chore, but recognized the skill with which it was put together. So I figured that something would come of it eventually. Alas, this was not so: neither halves of this compendium were appealing to me – plot-wise, in their development, or even artistically.

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