- 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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Captain America: Scourge of the Underworld Paperback – March 2, 2011
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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I really enjoyed Mark Gruenwald's creation of the Scourge of the Underworld. I had not seen most of the issues the storyline went through, but they are captured in its entirety in... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Martin Wong
While I didn't read this storyline in comic book form in the 80s, I was pleased Marvel printed it in trade paperback form. Read morePublished on August 1, 2011 by Shurron Farmer
The scourge storyline to me was always a good one. Its to see it all put together. The ending part of the story with the U.S. Read morePublished on June 1, 2011 by ROBERT CRAWFORD