Series- All-New Captain America
Writer- Rick Remender
Art- Stuart Immonen (Penciler)
Wade Von Grawbadger (Inker)
Marte Gracia & Eduardo Navarro (Colors)
Publisher- Marvel Comics
Summary from Comixology- “This is it! The all-new, Spy-Fi, highflying adventures of Sam Wilson Captain America and Nomad begin here! Hydra is growing, the terrorist band have has infiltrated the Marvel Universe completely! But what is their ultimate goal?”
When I reviewed the final issue of Marvel Now’s Captain America, I expressed my love of Rick Remender’s work as a writer. I’ll skip that part this time as you are welcome to look back at that to see how big a fan I am. Additionally, in that review, I made this statement, “However, while I will pick up the new Cap series’ #1 issue, I am about 85% certain that I will not continue reading it. It has nothing to do with Sam Wilson becoming Cap. I am fully in support of that and I think the character has more than earned it. I just can’t keep clinging to some of these series because I’m afraid of missing something. I have to break the addiction sometime, and that time is now.”
I bring this up to say that I will do my very best to not let this negatively influence my review. I do not intend to read this issue looking for things to dislike just so I can justify that statement from the previous issue. As I’ve mentioned, my choice to read fewer Marvel books is mostly based on the fact that there are just too many events and tie-in’s, and I’m tired of feeling obligated to read EVERYTHING. Now, I haven’t read the issue yet because I wanted to get all that out first. I’m gonna go do that now while you check out the first page of the issue and then we’ll meet back up in the “Highs” section…
Welcome back! Wow. I gotta say, that was a pretty fast-paced, high-energy issue. Remender fascinates me because he doesn’t have a specific writing-style that makes you go, “Oh that’s definitely Remender.” It’s usually more like, “Oh wow, this is Remender?” Fear Agent, Black Science, Deadly Class, Low, his work on Punisher, Venom and now Cap… no two are the same. He just has a knack for tailoring his writing to the characters rather than making his characters fit into his writing. It gives them more freedom and personality diverseness. (Jesus, the way I’m raving about the guy you’d think I was Bill writing about Scott Snyder.)
ANYWAY… moving on to this issue specifically, I feel like Remender might be at the beginning of writing the absolute best version of Sam Wilson we’ve ever seen. In just this first issue we get to see more of Sam’s background, his tough youth growing up in Harlem, and we get to see him in a leadership role over Nomad (Ian Rogers) and expecting honor over an easy mission.
The artwork here is very good. There’s some really great detail and coloring that really pull the book together well. I was very impressed with the high-quality of work here. You can tell that Immonen and the rest if the creative art team take this very serious and have a shared vision with Remender on how Sam Wilson should come across as the new Cap.
I can’t pinpoint anything that brought this issue down. The story and art are both really great.
The Final Say –
This is the beginning of a new era in the Captain America legacy. It’s fitting that Sam Wilson has taken on the stars, stripes, and shield of the most patriotic superhero ever. He’s been by Steve’s side for so long, fighting just as hard to keep America, and the world, safe from villains who would control and enslave it. I’m awarding this issue a 5 out of 5. It’s everything you could want in a Cap comic and more.
If you pick up All-New Captain America, let us know what you thought in the comments below!