In a near concurrent launch with Marvel Studios’ newest Marvel film, Captain America: The First Avenger, starring Chris Evans as the legendary Cap, Marvel Comics has rebooted the Captain America comic run heralding the return of Steve Rogers as Captain America.
After the supposed death of Captain America, aka Steve Rogers, James ‘Bucky’ Barnes took up the mantle of Captain America in 2008. Bucky has held the famous alter ego up until his recent death in Marvel’s summer comic miniseries, Fear Itself. This once more led to a void in the Marvel Universe and because of Steve Rogers’ triumphant return during Bucky’s reign as Captain America the void could be neatly filled by the man who started it all, Steve Rogers.
This of course provides an excellent opportunity to reboot the Captain America comic book series just in time for the release of the Captain America film.
Ed Brubaker and Steve McNiven are leading the team behind the new Captain America serial that released its first issue 7.6.2011. Brubaker is an Eisner Award winning writer and cartoonist who helmed Captain America’s assassination and rebirth storylines; and, Steve McNiven has worked on several high profile comic book runs such as Wolverine: Old Man Logan and Marvel’s award winning miniseries, Civil War.
The overall writing of the comic book is phenomenal. It is very fluid and cohesive. The lore is obviously respected and researched, but it still is very modern. The artwork is detailed and colorfully illustrated. The color pallet looks as if it were chosen to reflect Steve Roger’s “man out of time” persona and compliments the 1940s flashbacks beautifully. Graded holistically solely on the art and writing earns Captain America #1 a five-out-of-five stars in my opinion.
Issue #1 of the new Cap series begins with many familiar faces including: Steve Rogers, Sharon Carter, Nick Fury, and ‘Dum Dum’ Dugan, while they attend the funeral of Peggy Carter. Right off the bat the action unfolds quickly leading to the introduction of the main villain who resides somewhere in Captain America’s past revealed during flashbacks. This plot device is nicely implemented even with many long-standing characters situated in both the past and the present. By giving glimpses of Captain America’s earlier missions during World War II and how those events effect the villain’s motives and subsequent revival from the seventy-years of stasis is an excellent way to bring newcomers to the Captain America fanfare while still holding true to diehard Cap fans.
The ending of the issue leaves the reader with a great cliffhanger and keeps the reader interested for more. With the second issue already released fans will be able to dive into the second issue immediately with the third one right around the corner.
Personal Thoughts: I was very surprised by the quality of the comic. I was not sure if Marvel was just trying to cheaply crank out a comic series in order to make another buck off of the publicity of their new film; however, with Ed Brubaker and Steve McNiven behind the reigns I think that readers will be pleasantly surprised every issue by the story arc and the overall progression of the series.
I would highly recommend this comic series and I give Captain America #1 a five-out-of-five stars. Remember to check back here for more Cap news as the serial progress throughout the year.