Rick Remender’s Captain America
The last Captain America I read was Civil War era stuff – Winter Soldier, Death of, etc. So when the Marvel Now series Captain America by Rick Remender went down to 99c each this week on Comixology I figured it was good opportunity to check out what’s happening in Steve Roger’s life just in time for Falcon America. The first 10 issues of the run are a story where Arnim Zola traps Cap in Dimention Z, Zola’s personal playground and Cap’s personal hell. In the story Cap rescues a young boy who turns out to be Zola’s son. Cap trains him and teaches him how to be awesome. Although once Zola finds out his son is alive and has been with Cap for the 12 years this story spans over, he does everything in his power to not only get his son, Ian, back in his grasp and turns the boy against Cap.
We also get a glimpse at Steve’s personal life with the idea of an engagement to Sharon Carter thrown around and at Steve’s past with flashbacks to his home life as a child and they nicely linked those experiences back to Steve’s present day experiences in Dimension Z.
JRJR’s art is as always fun to look at and over all really well done. Couldn’t help but think of Kick Ass while reading though considering how similar the art style is between the two. There was a couple of frames with young Steve where my mind flashed back to Dave Lizewski.
Then you hit issue 11 with Steve getting back into the world after the 12 years of hell. Okay well for earth it was only 30 minutes. They used the convenient ‘the super serum also helps him look the same age after 12 years’ thing to explain how they will get past the time difference there. This issue was, as a side note, my first exposure to Nick Fury Jr. the Samuel L. Jackson looking Nick Fury created to cnnect the comics to the movies.
This issue bugged me. Right at the end Zola’s test tube created daughter who is back on earth and working with Rogers, gave Steve a spiel about holding onto the past and so Steve set alight all his old uniforms, Bucky merchandise, old newspaper clips of past victories and past WWII posters and such he has accumulated over the years. I liked that Steve had that connection to the past that he could come back to. As a man out of time, the present day can be foreign to Steve Rogers as we have seen in recent Marvel movies. So it kind of bugged me that without a second thought he set his connection to the past alight. Sure, I see why they did this, partially, but considering thinking of his past is what got him through the 10 issues of hell, I don’t think it’s something to so easily toss aside.
The first 10 issues, or the first arc of Remender’s Captain America is less covert op. more sci-fi. It kept me hooked the wa through & it is worth a read and really well done.