ULTIMATE COMICS CAPTAIN AMERICA #2 (OF 4)
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Art by Ron Garney
Colors by Jason Keith & Jim Charalampidis
Letters by Clayton Cowles
Cover by Ron Garney & Jason Keith
One thing that worries me about the new Captain America movie is that they might be taking more then just the costume out of the Ultimate universe for the depiction. If this mini-series is any indication, and of the Ultimate version itself, we could have a very big asshole as our film depiction. Or at least that’s what we keep getting with this character and Jason Aaron is really putting this attitude up to the ‘n’th degree. Sure it can be funny on just how much of a jerk this Cap can be like the infamous politically incorrect France comment. But with a mini-series like this, it really makes it hard to find anything likeable about the guy.
Jason Aaron writes such a mean spirited and pretty dimwitted Captain America for this mini-series. There are several times where he is just a chore to read because his irrational hatred comes out of no where. Plus his politcal views when it comes to America is also a bit too stereotypical. Not to get too off topic; but what makes the regular Captain America so great is that he knows the flaws of our country but still find it to be great. Here, Cap is just seeing and hearing one thing after another about the bad things the U.S. has done but he just doesn’t care. I’m sorry but when you hear about the military torturing soliders and hearing everything about Vietnam, even the toughest men should flinch just a little. As for the story itself it really is just bland and predictable. Aaron’s handling of Rogers going ‘rogue’ and finding Flagg was nothing groundbreaking. Plus the pacing of this issue seems to be a bit off too. One minute he’s fighting refugees in a forest, the next he’s saving a woman from a falling tree. Not sure where that was going and it kinda sums up the shoddy writing to me.
What keeps saving this mini-series though is the fantastic work by Ron Garney. Almost every page is a real sight and he puts so much effort into the panels. It’s a shame that a good amount of this issue is dealing with talking heads because the action we do get here is pretty good. A better handle on the Shield then I’ve seen in recent comics that’s for sure. Although I will say that the ‘tattoo’ Flagg has on his face is quite distracting. It’s clearly a digital effect and it’s very distracting when you see him on a page. What makes it confusing though is that Garney also draws Flagg for the next cover and it’s not a digital effect. So I’m not sure why he had to resort to that effect when he can clearly draw it (and pretty I might add) on the cover.
So even the fact that Captain America in this universe is a giant asshole is not really appealing me for this mini. For the first time ever I might be picking a comic up just on the art alone because Garney’s pencils are well worth the price. It’s a shame because with all of the hype for the movie you’d think the quality of Captain America books would be better. Also I expected better from Jason Aaron but he totally delivers a bland and uninteresting story here. Let’s just hope, and possibly pray, that Chris Evans doesn’t take a page from the Ultimate universe for his depiction of the greatest American hero.
Art: 5 - Excellent