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Captain America #1 - American Dreamers Part 1 Review

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Steve Rogers is back as Captain America. With Ed Brubaker and Steve McNiven on board, there's no reason you shouldn't pick this issue up. It's also a great jumping on point for new readers. Loads of action along with great art to make readers happy.

Steve Rogers has returned to being Captain America and Ed Brubaker and Steve McNiven ensure his return is filled with glorious action and suspense.

The Good

First of all, we have a Captain America comic with Steve Rogers back as Cap, Ed Brubaker writing and Steve McNiven doing the art. Those three things alone is more than enough of a reason to pick this up. I love Bucky and dug him as Cap but I've always felt Steve was Cap and knew this day would come eventually.

The issue starts out with a touching funeral and great interaction with Steve, Sharon Carter, Nick Fury and Dum Dum Dugan. Then things explode. There's a scene were Steve jumps into action without even thinking. His chase shows the kind of hero he is. McNiven really captures the feel of who Captain America is. It was great. The main focus of the story centers around a time in the past. There's more than enough action and suspense to keep readers on their toes.

The main thing is, it's great seeing Steve back as Cap. McNiven draws some dramatic fighting scenes that will make you pause and take in every detail.

The Bad

Where's Bucky? This is meant to be a jumping on point for new readers, especially those that see the movie next week. That's great and the story works well as a jumping on point. We still haven't seen much fallout from what happened to Bucky during Fear Itself. Speaking of Fear Itself, didn't Paris get a little messed up? Paris here looks fine. Does this story take place well after the events of Fear Itself?

The flashback scenes are cool but I have to admit look weird with McNiven's art. Maybe they should've tried some art trickery to make the flashback scenes look differently. If you've read any of the old original Captain America comics, you know what I'm talking about. They're classic and all but they don't look as amazing as McNiven's art. It was a different time.

The villains here...I'm not sure how I feel about them. The one revealed makes sense but maybe I wanted something a little different.

The Verdict

Steve Rogers is back as Captain America. Ed Brubaker and Steve McNiven make this relaunch title an explosive debut. If you want some touching moments, some humor and some really great action scenes of Cap kicking but, this is the place to find it. Clearly relaunched in time for the movie, this series is easily accessible to all readers, new and old. The lack of mention of Bucky is a bit of a disappointment but fits in with the need to cater to newer readers. Bucky grew into a great character but we all knew the day would come for Steve to return to being Captain America. Check this out to see what all the intrigue is about.

10 Comments
Posted by cincyducksfan35

I liked this issue, it was solid. That being said, it really just made me want to re read Brubaker's first run on Captain America again. His first issue on that is just so much more impressive than this.

Edited by longbowhunter

I've been looking for a good jumping on point for Cap. Thought this would be it but it doesnt seem to be in current continuity, kinda like Fraction's new Thor series. Decided to skip it.
Posted by ssejllenrad

Captain America # 1?!?!?!? Did DC reboot Caps as well? Nyehehehe!
 
Anyway, nice review. I'll be getting this one.

Posted by danhimself

this issue definitely hooked me for the series....McNiven draws Cap better than anybody out there

Posted by ProjektGill

This does sound like a good jumping on point but is this supposed to take place after Fear Itself?

Posted by Eyz
@ssejllenrad said:
Captain America # 1?!?!?!? Did DC reboot Caps as well? Nyehehehe!  Anyway, nice review. I'll be getting this one.
Rebooted/Renumbered just in time for the movie. The "Marvel" way :P
Posted by All_Around_Nerd

seriously marvel, a movie cover?

Posted by CombatSpoon86

I checked it out, The artwork is fantastic by Steve Mcniven. This will be much better when it hits omnibus form.

Posted by TheShame

I like steve as much as the next guy, but i think the character is moving backwards.  His role as commander rogers was suitable and Bucky brought a fresh level of fallibility to the character.  However, i am glad that McNiven is doing pencils.

Posted by keith71_98

My favorite book of the week. Beautiful art mixed with a sharp story. The story had a slick look but an almost classic Cap feel. LOVED it.