Captain America and Namor #635.1 is a hard issue to accurately peg. It has moments that are pretty good and then it has some really strange scenes. More than anything, it doesn’t feel like a comic book that really needs to exist. It doesn’t add much to either character, which would be okay if it didn’t take itself so damn seriously. There is a guy in here named Murderous Lion and he doesn’t do anything; he is instead a setup for things to come. Come on, if you show us Murderous Lion, then you need to show us something fun. Unfortunately, fun is something sorely lacking in this issue.
Cullen Bunn is a great writer. He is not, however, a very good Captain America writer. You know that scene where Captain America talks to a bunch of troops right before they parachute out of an airplane? That scene that has happened in a ton of different books starring Captain America? Well, it happens in this issue and it is awkward and completely uninspiring. It borders on bad. There are a lot of moments like that in this issue. However, there are also some solid story points and cool characters. The scenes that don’t have Cap in them are actually pretty good.
Despite the clunky story, the issue really shines in the art department. Will Conrad has a clean, smooth style that makes this comic really easy on the eyes. While the scenes with Cap may not be written very well, they sure do look awesome. It’s a pity that the story is such a miss, because Conrad really hits the mark. Hell, he even makes Namor look cool, and that is no easy feat.
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