Parker brings his two stories together to great success, even if Clayton Henry’s art is uglier this time around (last issue they seemed to be going some kind of connection to Pagulayan’s–here it’s clean and bright, kind of like art on action figure packaging).
But, again, Hardman’s art makes up for it. Parker ties his two stories together with a nod toward Brubaker’s recent Captain America flashbacks–seeing Gorillaman in a Brubaker and Epting Cap scene is a little nutty and not at all played for humor, Parker’s way too subtle for it (which makes him a little different from Marvel’s last wunderkind, Dan Slott)–but also with a hint at the depth of the future stories. It’s Levitz’s ABC method, only applied to Marvel (but in a very pre-Didio DC way).
The issue ends with everything brought modern, which gives it a lovely feel. Parker’s just fantastic.
The Dragon’s Corridor, Part Three; writer, Jeff Parker; artist, Gabriel Hardman; colorist, Elizabeth Dismang Breitweiser; letterer, Nate Piekos. Inside America; writer, Parker; artist, Clayton Henry; colorist, Jana Schirmer; letterer, Piekos. Editors, Lauren Sankovitch and Mark Paniccia; publisher, Marvel Comics.