[Marvel Comics, 7.7]

Caroline Pruett:
There’s nobody better than Ed Brubaker to tell a classic-feeling Steve Rogers story. This is still a great Captain America comic, whether Steve is technically ‘wielding the shield’ or not. This mini has been full of fun intrigues that are perfectly understandable to a new reader, while providing some continuity bonuses for long time Cap fans. (8/10)

Jennifer Smith:
This is the first true current-continuity Steve Rogers story I’ve gotten to read since I became a comic book fan, and as such it’s hard for me to be objective about it. Ed Brubaker is at his best when he integrates important aspects of Steve’s past into new stories, and here he manages to find an original twist on the “trying to replicate the super-soldier serum” trope while bringing in figures from Steve’s history like Dr. Erskine and Cynthia Glass. Dale Eaglesham’s art is gorgeous, and though I have some nitpicks — Steve’s use of curse words and violent overcompenstation for childhood bullying both strike me as a bit out of character — I’m mostly just happy to read a story all about my favorite Marvel superhero. (8/10)

Jason Urbanciz:
Continuing Ed Brubaker & Dale Eaglesham’s story of Steve Rogers hunting down those who would sell the super soldier serum to his enemies, Machinesmith stands revealed as the big bad of the arc, stripping Rogers of his super soldier enhancements. Of course, if there’s one hero who’s not just his super powers, it’s the former Captain America. This is a solid, if slight, adventure from these creators and it’s a good deal of fun. Brubaker probably has the best handle on Steve Rogers of anyone in the last 20 years and Eaglesham’s pulp-influenced art works far better here than it did on Fantastic Four. Brubaker has really excelled at reaching into Rogers’s past to generate new storylines, hope Machinesmith sticks around as his few pages forges him into a powerful new threat. (7/10)

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