The first issue of Rick Remender’s Captain America was great. It did a great job with exploring Captain America’s current mindset and had a cheesy, yet fun opening action scene. It ended with Captain America stranded in Dimension Z, protecting a little boy. This issue kicks off one year later, and the two of them are wandering the wastelands.
Where this issue truly shines is how it showcases Captain America’s skills, abilities and morals. The flashback to his childhood re-enforces the character’s portrayed perseverance against seemingly impossible odds. He seems to be raising the boy, now named Ian, as a son. This issue kind of reminds me of Cable volume 2, where Nathan Summers was raising Hope Summers in the future – that’s not a bad thing. There’s a good action scene too, which shows the Captain’s tactical skills. The issue ends with a great cliffhanger – I can’t wait to see how the Captain gets out of this one (I won’t spoil it).
The art is simple, but it works. Captain America is drawn as tired yet determined. The environmental detail isn’t anything special, but the wastelands do have an atmospheric feel. I wouldn’t quite call it good, but it complements the storytelling well enough.
This is a good comic. The characterization is spot-on, it explores Captain America’s childhood (not done often enough) and the fight scene is awesome. I hesitate to call this issue great, but this is an easy recommendation for Captain America fans. I might be sticking with this series.
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This is a very good series. I think this sort of straight-up superhero book might be a better fit for Remender than the black ops books he’s been doing with UXF and Secret Avengers.