Friday, November 23, 2012

Captain America #1

So far the new first issues for the "Marvel Now" promotion have been something of a mixed bag.

But with this issue of Captain America, we have a new "best issue" - so far.

That's because it offers a fresh approach to the series, one loaded with action, shocks and a lot of heart.

Which is not to take away from the previous series by Ed Brubaker - a terrific, espionage-based series. But this new take is more of a mix of superhero and science fiction.

The story by Rick Remender starts in the middle of a big action sequence, as Cap fights for his life in a plane soaring about New York City - a plane loaded with death. The story never really slows down from there.

This is a Cap who's incredibly capable, tough as nails and incapable of quitting, no matter the odds.

It doesn't hurt that the art is by John Romita, Jr., one of the best in the business today. He creates an intense, high-energy adventure for Cap that runs the range from heroic to gruesome.

The story's just getting started here, but so far it's a very promising start.

Grade: A-


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