CAPTAIN AMERICA #1
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Art by John Romita Jr. & Klaus Janson
Colors by Dean White
Cover by John Romita Jr., Joe Quesada, Skottie Young, Ryan Meinerding, & Jerome Opena
Size: 0 pages
This is the most likable Steve Rogers I’ve ever read in my life. This is a Steve Rogers, aware of his faults, yet doing his best to work past them and be the hero the world needs him to be. Infusing his character with heart, Remender does a fantastic job of building Cap’s character while maintaining a fun, yet suspenseful, tone in the book. Never in my life—including both Waid’s and Brubaker’s runs—have I liked Captain America more than I did in this first issue.
Here, Captain America feels like the every-man, a guy who has committed himself to a set of ideals in order to protect the nation around him. However, he is still Steve Rogers the man, a boy forced to hide under a table while his mother absorbed blows from her alcoholic husband. As you read those first pages,you get the sense that Ms. Rogers, not the super-serum, is the real source behind Cap’s fight.
Furthermore, Remender does a great job of fleshing out the conflict between Steve Rogers the man and Captain America the hero, forcing us to think: “Is Steve Rogers using Captain America to shield himself from others or is ignoring Steve Rogers just something Captain America must do?”
Questions like these are the reason why Captain America #1 is my favorite Marvel Now release so far. No other first issue had this much heart in it, and that, at least for me, is the defining quality that makes a story—comic or otherwise—great.
Art: 4 - Very Good