Thursday, September 17, 2015

Captain Ameica: White #1

   Fans had to be patient for this one.

   Captain America: White was first promised some seven years ago, and we even saw an issue #0 previewing it - and then, nothing.

   Until now!

   It's the latest in the "color" mini-series from writer Jeph Loeb and artist Tim Sale. Past efforts included Spider-Man: Blue, The Hulk: Grey and Daredevil: Yellow.

   Each one focuses on the early days of each hero - but none earlier than this series, which takes us back to Cap's adventures in World War II, including his first team-ups with Bucky, and his introduction to the "modern" world.

   (It's somewhat chilling to realize that, in the real world, Cap was revived in the mid-'60s, about 20 years after the end of World War II - and 50 years have elapsed since then.)

   This series is really a love letter to this character - from Loeb's loving efforts to show us why Cap and Bucky were such a terrific team, and to explain why Cap would take a "kid" into combat. (Interesting to note that this version of Bucky is based on the original concept, not the "near adult" version in Ed Brubaker's stories leading up to the Winter Soldier stories, or the "actual adult" version in the Marvel films.)

   Tim Sale's art is a pure delight. His enthusiasm for the character - and the classic artists whose work inspired him - shines through. There are several homages here to Kirby, Steranko and others - and plenty of iconic images that are pure Sale.

   This has been a great series of stories from these creators, and this is shaping up to be another excellent addition to the line. (Oh, and the issue includes a reprint of that long-ago zero issue.)

   Highly recommended!

Grade: A



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