JD reviews Ultimate Cap #1

Writer: Jason Aaron
Art: Ron Garney
Publisher: Ultimate Marvel Comics
Reviewer: Johnny Destructo

Of all the Ultimate characters that were a surprise for me, UltCap was top-tier. I have never cared about the classic Captain America as a character, besides the occasional passing interest. When Millar brought us THE ULTIMATES, however, I loved Cap! That’s not to say that he’s likable. 616 Steve Rogers is what America should IDEALLY be, while UltCap is what the rest of the world views America to be. Tough, pushy and a bit of a douche-nozzle. And that makes it more interesting for me as a reader.

Pulling a parallel between current headlines and the U.N. restrictions of Super Soldier Serum development for North Korea adds a hint of real-world relevancy, which is a nice touch. Steve’s arrogance about wearing his bright American flag costume while aiding a British covert mission is another. Seriously, what a dick-hole! I was almost excited to watch him get his headstrong ass kicked. I loved the reveal at the end, though, and the implications that come with it.

Ron Garney: I love your work, but please pick up an inking brush! Digitally upping the contrast on your pencils isn’t cutting it. Well, that’s not entirely true, obviously it IS cutting it, but I just think it would be that much better with some inks on those pages (especially in the backgrounds). The colors really pick up the slack here though. Nice color work by Jason Keith for the most part. It’s a dark book thematically, so the dark colors are appropriate, and when the brightness comes in, it’s a welcome change. His subtle textures also add to Garney’s work. Also, maybe it’s because I’m used to seeing Garney’s 616 Cap that this book doesn’t feel enough like an Ultimate book, if that makes sense to anyone but…myself.

Jason Aaron has a pretty awesome success rate as far as I’m concerned, and this is another potentially awesome piece of work, provided he ups the ante. The attraction of the Ultimate Universe for me is the possibility that anything can happen. Now, let’s see that anything.

When not hosting the PopTards Podcast, fist-bumping his own nethers, discussing movies, comics and other flimflam here, JD “JohnnyDestructo” Korejko is graphically designing/illustrating/inking for a living, hanging with the @$$holes over at www.aintitcoolnews.com and Booking his Face off over here.

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