Brandon Borzelli's Geek Goggle Reviews
Captain America #1
Remender, Romita Jr, Janson & White
Captain America gets a new creative team, a shiny new number one along with the Marvel NOW! banner. Like many of the new books coming out, this one is taking on a monumental task of replacing a very popular incarnation of the character. What Remender delivers is a glimpse into what made Captain America as a person, before the hero, a touch of the danger he faces and a whole lot of science fiction. This is exactly what I was hoping for when I pick any Remender book, regardless of the property he's taking over for. This was a good first issue.
If you haven't read a Remender series before you should know that he likes themes to base all of his stories off of. There is always some thread that the character or characters carry with them throughout. This issue doesn't reveal what that theme will be for Captain America in any obvious way in this issue, but he is clearly showing us where Cap gets his determination from.
Cap's childhood is actually a little chilling. He's got a loving mother who stands up to an abusive, alcoholic father. Cap isn't the all-American kid. He's an afterthought. He's not even noticeable to his father. If this is further explored I think Remender is on to something really interesting.
Fast-forward to the present and Cap meets his opponent in a dimension-bending plot involving replicating the super soldier formula that fuels Cap. Zola, isn't building an army though and I won't spoil the surprise. Cap escapes and something occurs that leads Zola on a path of revenge that may or may not be all that it seems.
The book is very good. I can't say I am as into Captain America as a character as Remender informs the readers that he is, but I am willing to see where this goes. The aspect I do like about this book is how Captain America isn't simply a rah-rah hero. He's got layers and makes decisions that could potentially go very bad. The traits could lead to very interesting flaws that I hope get explored later on in this series.
Romita Jr brings his best as you might expect. The panels are vintage Romita Jr storytelling and he is the perfect fit for this book. He illustrates some very painful looking panels, specifically when Cap is on Zola's table, but not in a way that is obviously done simply to shock the reader. I like when Romita Jr makes me cringe a little with his artwork and that is what we have in some of these panels. He tells a magnificent roller coaster-like story visually.
Captain America is a very good start to what will hopefully be a fantastic run. If this book follows the pattern that Remender has put out with Fear Agent and Uncanny X-Force then this issue is going to prove vital down the road. I suggest giving this a shot and settling in for a Captain America you probably haven't seen before and didn't know you ever would.
4 out of 5 Geek Goggles