Series- Captain America and the Mighty Avengers
Writer- Al Ewing
Art- Luke Ross
Publisher- Marvel Comics
Summary from Comixology: “Spinning directly out of AVENGERS & X-MEN: AXIS! They’re the Avengers for the people, of the people – helping whoever needs it, however they need it. And together with Sam Wilson – the all-new Captain America – they are Mighty. But in the wake of the earth-shattering events of AXIS, are they truly together? Or about to fall apart? Guest-starring the apologetic arachnid – Spider-Man!”
Let me just go ahead and admit that I haven’t read any of the AXIS event books. I’ve grown tired of events and this is actually the first one in a while that I’ve committed to not reading. I also have not read Ewing’s Mighty Avengers series, except for the first issue that is. So in some ways, I’m completely unqualified to do this review. However, no one else here at 4LN has been reading those either, so you’re stuck with me. I’ll try my best to be “fair and balanced”…
Ewing has really written a pretty solid 1st issue here. It’s got some great action, some intrigue, and humor that genuinely made me laugh-out-loud. There’s an exchange between Luke Cage and Spider-Man that is just hilariously fantastic, and I thoroughly enjoyed it.
The art here in this issue is great. The line-work and coloring are very well done. Every panel and page are crisp and clean. Ross does good work.
Here’s the deal, if you haven’t read Axis or Mighy Avengers, you’re probably gonna be a little lost reading this book. I’m not saying that’s the book’s fault, I’m just addressing it as a thing that exists. It will confuse you a little most likely. It did me. But one thing that I do hold Marvel responsible for, is the inconsistencies between their characters in multiple series. It happened with Nuke, who died in Captain America but was somehow fine and dandy when The Death of Wolverine rolled around. Here, Sam Wilson is being kind of a dick due to whatever happened to him in the AXIS books, but in All-New Captain America there was absolutely no evidence of his dickery. Like, he went from 0 to dick in 2 issues. (I’ll stop saying “dick” now.) It just does’t make sense to me and for that reason I had a hard time caring about him in this issue.
The Final Say –
The creative team on this book have achieved crafting a really great first issue. The problem is, due to Marvel’s complexity in story-lines, crossovers, and events, it feels very niche. Like, you have to be one of the in-in-crowd to understand it. It just doesn’t stand well on it’s own. I’m giving Captain America and the Mighty Avengers #1 3 out of 5 stars. It is not a bad issue by any means, but the inconsistencies can’t just be overlooked.