Captain America #1 reviewed!

Title: Captain America #1
Writer: Ed Brubaker
Penciler: Steve McNiven
Inker: Mark Morales
Reviewed by Johnny Destructo

There are just so many reasons I don’t have a long-running history with Captain America and why I have always had trouble getting into him as a character. For starters, his name is CAPTAIN AMERICA. It just sounds ridiculous. He has a giant Arial “A”, in BOLD, on his forehead. He dresses in a giant flag. He has pirate booties, and wings on his god-damned head. Think about it. If good ole Joe Simon and Jack Kirby didn’t come up with him waaay back in 1941, and someone introduced this character for the first time, today….we would all laugh and assume it was either a prank or something created by Rob Liefeld. And if I had to conjure up a Captain America from the state of the country as it is today, Cap would be swathed in corporate logos, he’d be a good 267 lbs overweight, and would sling Happy Meal boxes instead of his iconic shield. Also..for someone who was created to fight the Nazi’s, I’ve always found it interesting that Cap was, for all intents and purposes, a 6-and-a-half-foot member of the Aryan race.

That being said: this issue was fun! I would have preferred for Bucky to remain as Cap, but what the hey. The status needs to be quo’d all to hell, lest we see lasting change in the comic industry, and really…who besides me actually wants that? Also, let’s be honest: Cap Movie. The boy scout who does everything right is back in the suit and it feels good. This issue reads like the best bits of the Bourne and Bond films all mixed into one. (Also, throw in the what we’ve seen of the upcoming film THE DEBT for good measure.) There’s intrigue, mystery, action out the whazoo, and old timey spy shit! This is a great place to jump on, or to give to someone who is interested in the Cap movie. It’s not bogged down in Marvel continuity, there’s no mention of his death at the hands of Sharon…though you’d think there would be SOME tension there. Even Bucky is noticeably missing. This is a very clear attempt to cash in on the movie, and I think it works!

Also, let’s not forget that this book is drawn by Steve Motherlovin’ McNiven! This guy could draw my penis and somehow make it look impressive. He’s clearly having some fun with his page layouts and his panel placement, and that fun comes across. I am a little surprised to see that even though he’s given some thought to his panels, that he didn’t do anything with his borders, design-wise, to distinguish the difference between the story that takes place “in the now” and the bits in the past. Just something I noticed, but nothing that detracts from his story-telling in the slightest. This book wouldn’t look any better if Jesus himself came down and penciled it.

As far as I’m concerned, Steve Rogers is basically the writer’s equivalent of Chicken. Chicken for dinner is ok, but really …it’s what it’s cooked with that makes it so good. And these om noms are tasty!

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3 Comments to “Captain America #1 reviewed!”

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  1. Jeremy says:

    “I’ve always found it interesting that Cap was, for all intents and purposes, a 6-and-a-half-foot member of the Aryan race.”

    Uh…yeah. That’s kinda the point? Hitler and the Nazis beaten by the image of something they hate and yet simultaneously worship? Irony, hello?

  2. JD (Host) says:

    Well sure, that COULD be the viewpoint, but…as with most people I try out irony on, I doubt the Nazi’s “GOT IT”, hahah.. Wouldn’t they see Steve and say “SEE! WE WERE RIGHT! WE ARE THE PERFECT RACE and you just happened to turn JUST THIS ONE against us, but clearly we are right!!”

  3. JD (Host) says:

    PS. Nice avatar..I loved Morrison/Quietly’s stuff on Batman And Robin! They made a statue of that exact pose, wish I had bought it when it came out

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