Rating: 4/5 – An Exciting New Era With Sam Wilson as Captain America.
by ComicSpectrum senior reviewer Shawn Hoklas.
There was a lot of controversy when Marvel announced that both Thor and Captain America would be undergoing some rather big changes. Thor was replaced by a female, while long time Cap partner the Falcon would take over the role and costume of Captain America. Was Marvel making changes just for the sake of change, or would these new stories with new characters at the helm be worth it? In terms of Captain America, it definitely is worth reading, and delivers on both the story and the art.
Rick Remender continues to write the Captain America book despite there being a new character in the role. This first issue opens with a simple one-page origin of Falcon which certainly could have been expanded upon considering this may be a lot of new readers first experience diving into the background of this long-time Marvel character. Fortunately though, it’s the only weak part of the book. From that first page on, it’s non-stop action as Sam infiltrates an underwater Hydra base after learning that they were experimenting with a mysterious new weapon. throughout this first issue we get to see appearances by Nomad (Captain America’s “adopted” son), the now old Steve Rogers, and Batroc the Leaper. It’s a fast paced issue that through a lot of internal dialogue boxes, allows the reader to get to know Sam Wilson’s personality and his similarities and differences from Steve Rogers. As good as the writing is, the art by Stuart Immonen steals the show. Coming off his long run with Brian Michael Bendis on the X-Men, Immonen isn’t stretched to include so many characters on page and the art is better off for it. Some wonderful splash pages grace the interiors of this book and Immonen makes Sam look fantastic in this all new costume, wings and all.
Rick Remender and Stuart Immonen deliver a fun, exciting and wonderful looking first issue that starts a new era for Captain America. Immonen shows just why he could be considered one of Marvel’s best pencillers as this heavy on the action first issue allows him to choreograph some intense and exciting action sequences with a last page will leave you wanting more, as it looks as though things are about to get even tougher for Sam. We all know Steve Rogers will be back sooner or later, but for now it’s good to know that Sam Wilson and this creative team seem more than capable of delivering some “All-New” stories about this “All New” Captain America. It should be fun while it lasts.
Reviewed by: Shawn Hoklas
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