Captain America #1

Captain America #1

B+

Well… just in time for the movie that comes out next week we get a brand new #1 issue of Captain America. I won’t bore you with a long rant on the whole stupidity or validity of renumbering comic series, but I will say that this new issue is a good jumping-on point for new readers of Captain America, and to those that enjoyed Brubaker’s run with the character up to this point, you won’t be disappointed either. With Bucky’s fate decided in a recent issue of Fear Itself Brubaker jumps back on board with Steve Rogers wielding the shield.

Bucky, both his return and his rise to take over the role of Captain America, played a major role in Brubaker’s Captain America stories up to this point, so this issue really does feel like a fresh start. This first issue deals with an attack on Steve Rogers, Sharon Carter, Nick Fury and Dum Dum Dugan in Paris as they attend the funeral of Sharon’s aunt Peggy—also, a one-time World War II love interest of Steve’s. There’s some good action, although I was a little disappointed by the flashback to WWII to explain the origins of their antagonist. This is a strategy Brubaker has often used in his tenure on Captain America, and frankly I feel it’s getting a little stale. Honestly, with all of the WWII flashbacks we’ve gotten with Steve Rogers he must’ve fought the equivalent of three World War II’s by this point.

On the other hand, the artwork on this issue is out-of-this-world. Steve McNiven has never looked better. No longer inking his own pencils, as he did in Mark Millar’s Nemesis series, his work here has an incredible sense of style an detail, and reminds me of some of the best work of Travis Charest.

So while I’m a little disappointed that Brubaker is falling back on some old habits the artwork of McNiven more than made up for it. Here’s to hoping he’ll be with this series for quite a while.

tags: captain america, ed brubaker, steve mcniven

  • http://nerdynothings.com Noah Nickels

    I hadn’t planned on picking this one up when i was at my store, but the artwork grabbed me and I assumed because it was #1, it would be a good jumping on point like you said. I really dug the art a lot, and the framing was totally stylized and well done. I am looking forward to the rest of this series.

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