Captain America: Sentinel Of Liberty # 10
Writer: James Felder
Artist: Steve Mannion
Letterer: John Constanza
Colorist: Matt Hicks
Cover Date: June 1999
For this week’s installment of review weird comics, I’m going to take a look at Captain America: Sentinel Of Liberty # 10
As many of you may or may not remember, S.O.L. was Cap’s second title where it would focus on showing untold tales from Cap’s past and this issue really ranks up there as one of the weirdest ones during this title’s tenure.
Taking place during the groovy yet spectacular days of the Steranko era as Cap comes face to face with M.O.D.O.K. who’s planning to kill the president of the united states but both Cap and M.O.D.O.K. enter The Janus Chamber that’s filled with a Neurological Accelerator Gas that will make any odd element from a dream come true, so the next few pages see both James Felder and Steve Mannion go absolutely nuts with this concept. Seeing the wings on Cap’s mask come alive and helping him fly to his own shield taking on the form of an old World War II-style plane all while talking to even seeing an AIM robot of lounge singer Dino Manelli launch missiles from this torso, this issue’s plot is all over the place but I do feel as if the editor of this title didn’t seem to mind as he probably had a deadline to meet, plus this issue ends with on a sad note so I did feel like there was something normal to come of this issue of S.O.L.
Steve Mannion’s art comes off as very cartoonish, so it could never reach the high standards that Steranko did during this run on Captain America, and I say that because Mannion’s art looks like it was mostly influenced by Ralph Bakshi than Steranko himself. You definitely have to read this issue with a grain of salt because of the weird overtones overpowering the plot, but if you just to be entertained then this issue is just for you, but try not to be surprised if you come across this issue in a dollar bin.
Well, that’s it for me. I’ll be back next week with another review of a truly weird comic so thanks for sticking around and I will see you all next time.