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Captain America: Scourge of the Underworld Paperback – March 2, 2011

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 9 and up
  • Grade Level: 4 and up
  • Series: Captain America
  • Paperback: 296 pages
  • Publisher: Marvel; First Edition edition (March 2, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0785149627
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785149620
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 0.8 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,118,472 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Brian Reaves VINE VOICE on March 1, 2011
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The Scourge storyline was an awesome time for comics 20 years ago. I can still remember reading the execution of those minor super-villains and thinking "This is awesome!" This collection gathers every single page the Scourge appeared on in various comics, and I honestly never realized how many different books he popped up in until reading this. The eventual showdown with Captain America is great storytelling. The final unmasking remains one of the greatest kick-in-the-gut moments in comics. I was so mad back then, though now I appreciate it for the cool storytelling it was. It was unexpected...REALLY unexpected.

If you want a great action story that pushed the envelope back then without the needless blood and gore you find in today's ultra-violent books, this is a great collection for the price.
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Yes the word "world" is spelled wrong on both cover and spine of this book... however, thats where the disappointment ended for me! As a child I became intrigued with Scourge and began hunting every issue which documented his vendetta against Marvel's Villains at local comic shops and conventions. I never completed that search and over time forgot / lost interest in doing so. When I saw this book though, it brought it all back! The first section of the book does indeed show EVERY build up, climax, and aftermath of each Scourge execution that took place over various Marvel books, which for a Scourge fan like myself, is much more convenient to have collected in one book. The next section contains the various full issues of Marvel Fanfare, Captain America, and Amazing Spider-Man that deal with resolution of the original Scourge saga. The book also highlights later Captain America issues, which feature the return of Scourge, which aren't as fun. Finally, the USAgent mini is collected, which finally solves the Scourge mystery once and for all. I highly recommend this book!
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Scourge was a brilliant concept. Like what often happened in comics during the era, they messed up a brilliant concept by making it WAY too complicated. Being one of the 5 U.S. Agent fans around, I liked his inclusion in this collection, but I really could have passed overall. :(
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I read Captain America's collection The Captain before this, which was very useful in putting most of these sequences in context. I've also been a Spider-Man fan for a long time, and that tied in as well.

But this was a really unique storyline for Marvel, and one that I don't think they ever tried since then. The Scourge storyline is scattered through a variety of titles, and often in small, passing ways. They look like foreshadowing, and if you weren't looking for them, they were easily forgotten. But when we see them all collected here, the story ramps up. And the mysterious identity of the assassin has no real clues, making this one of the more engaging stories. The reader doesn't get more information than Captain America gets, and that lets us in on his frustration.

The other thing that makes this storyline noteworthy is that it's surprisingly violent for the time period. While it's not gory at all, and most violence happens off-panel in a non-explicit way, it's remarkably dark.

The story also humanized many of the lesser villains. It's a real pleasure to see Water Wizard tending to a flat tire on his Volkswagen.

The conclusion to the story is fascinating as well. Especially after reading The Captain, it's clear that U.S. Agent is not a very likable person. It seems unusual to give him a limited series. But regardless, the story is excellent. Paced well, and everything in the book ties together very well.

I can highly recommend this book, although I think it benefits from reading The Captain first. While The Captain is very good, it's not quite as excellent as this one.
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