This Comic Is So Brilliant, I'm Going To Devote A Blog Post To It

(NOTE: Based on time elapsed since the posting of this entry, the BS-o-meter calculates this is 7.236% likely to be something that Ferrett now regrets.)

If you had asked me, “Ferrett, would you discover your absolute favorite Marvel comic of 2013 the week before 2013 ended?” I would have said “No.”
If you’d then asked, “But what if that Marvel comic isn’t even produced by Marvel?” I would have squinted at you.
But this is the case.  My slam-dunk, perfect Marvel comic is all about the Avengers, and yet… it isn’t about the Avengers at all.  It’s about Steve Rogers, dealing with PTSD by drawing his life in webcomic format, in a beautiful webcomic called American Captain.  It’s like a perfect intersection of Harvey Pekar and superheroes.  There are no battles.  Just perfectly delineated conversations about a man with realer feelings than I’ve ever seen in any Marvel comic, trying to come to terms with waking up from World War II in the middle of a very strange 2013.
And the conversations are beautiful.  They’re what should happen in between all the punching, though there is no punching.  And it takes a while to really roll into what turns out to be a storyline, as it should – Steve Rogers’ take on things is a little disjointed – but by the time it gets to “Little Dog,” it is firing on every cylinder it should be.
This is a comic for people who don’t love comics, and a comic for those who really do.  It’s the best comic I’ve read in 2013.  So wait until you have a half an hour or so to get in, and then I urge you to read it.

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