Review: Captain America Patriot #3

Published on November 2nd, 2010

If you were a Marvel fan this week then I am sure you noticed there were a ton of books out! As with many books that get put out on a busy week however you always find a few that slide right under your radar. Then you find them later and kick yourself for not paying closer attention. For me that series was almost going to be Captain America Patriot. If you read the site you know I am a Cap fan. I like the character and it has really only been in the last few years that I have become a BIG fan of him. In the 80’s and early 90’s he was just the boy scout and didn’t really have any grey to him but with writers like Ed Brubaker and now Karl Kesel I think they are firmly taking Cap back to where he should have been all along. How was issue #3  written by Karl Kesel with beautiful art by Mitch Breitweiser? Read on my friend to find out!

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Many people know that Steve Rogers was Captain America What a lot of people don’t know is that to fill in the gap during those years that he was frozen in ice they had others fill his shoes. This whole mini series is about that. The passing of the torch from one man to another and the burden that then brings. Issues 1 and 2 basically gave you the set up. This new Cap was actually the former Golden Age Marvel Hero known as Patriot (Hence the Title). In issue  one you saw him as the hero he was before he became Cap and how he actually took over the mantle of Captain America. In issue two it was more about …ok he is Cap but now he has to prove himself to a new Bucky and the rest of the All Winners Squad as well as deal with some old  issues from his time as The Patriot. Now on to issue 3

Issue #3  is an intresting issue because in all honesty it feels like an Ed Brubaker story and I mean that in the BEST possible way. It is very noir and keeps you guessing as to what is going to happen. Through out this book they have really given  Jeff Mace a lot of character. He is a different CAP then Bucky would become and is certainly more like Steve but ….well I just can’t place it but I love it! The story often becomes a who done it with Jeff tracking down different leads to find out who shot his partner. There are so many great things to say about this book! The art itself  has that feel of aged super heroes from a bygone era. It feels like you should be in the late 40’s or early 50’s experiencing all this with them!It has that end of the war feel to it  and if you are a fan of Gabriel Hardman I have little to know doubt that you would love the art in this book! The only thing that makes me sad is that this is issue 3 of 4! It ends soon:( I have to say I almost didn’t even pick this book up as I knew little to nothing about The Patriot and I also know very little about late 40’s Early 50’s Cap. My hope now however is this book has done so well that they turn in into a series!! What? I can dream! I also have to mention the fact that the whole book looks like newsprint in the back ground. Normally it is white or they will use black fom time to time but the newsprint thing was a great little touch! I really look forward to seeing some more great things from the team of Karl Kesel and Mitch Breitweiser they have a Golden touch for the Golden Era! 😉

Final Verdict:Captain America Patriot does for the golden age what the tv show MAD MEN did for 50 and 60’s AD Execs! It made Jeff Mace stand out among the different Caps and it has given him character beyond belief!

Sheldon Lee

Sheldon@ComicImpact.com