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Captain America #3 - Castaway in Dimension Z, Chapter Three Review

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Captain America's crazy adventures in Dimension Z continue. Cap's in for the fight of his life and things are not looking good in more ways than one.

The Good

I've gone back and forth over the direction of this Captain America series. At first it seemed odd to have Cap taken off the board in the Marvel Universe and stuck in Dimension Z. But Rick Remender is on to something with this angle. This is the opportunity to get some definite different sorts of stories rather than what we've seen the last twenty years or so. To make matters worse for Cap, he's still trying to recover after being captured by Arnim Zola. Cap is stuck in a strange land, he's weak, lost and there are hordes of strange creatures presenting deadly threats at every corner.

We're used to Cap being the ultimate fighter and hero. Seeing him broken down a bit is hard to see at times but we are reminded that this is the sort of stuff he has overcome his entire life as we see flashbacks to his childhood. The idea of Cap having to work and build himself up, being an underdog again is a cool idea.

The other nice thing about being separate from the rest of the Marvel Universe is we don't have to worry about other events going on that would pull him in. This is a pure Captain America story and until he finds a way out of Dimension Z, you can just dive in and focus on what's going on here.

The Bad

There were times once again the art just doesn't work for me. I've said it before, I don't mind John Romita Jr's art at times and on the right project. The issues I have are with the flashback scenes. Steve Rogers as a kid, and the other kids, all have gigantic heads. Steve's head is larger than his entire torso. There's also the 'creatures' in Dimension Z. They don't look fearsome enough. Strangely, if you use the AR app, you get to see Romita Jr's pencils for some pages. The penciled panels look way better than the final product. There could also be the color scheme used for Phrox. I'd love to see a black-and-white/penciled version of this issue.

We're only three issues in. Arnim Zola never really struck me as a truly worthy adversary for Captain America. Maybe it's the character design. I mentioned I like that Steve is removed from the Marvel Universe but I'm also waiting to see where this story is going to go.

The Verdict

Things are getting worse for Captain America. Stuck in Dimension Z and trying to recover from when he was held captive by Arnim Zola, Steve has a child he needs to protect while also trying to figure out how he can make his way through this dimension and get back home. Unfortunately there are moments the art can become a distraction from the story. It could also be a combination of the inks and colors. This is a different sort of Captain America story. It's a nice change of pace but having Arnim Zola as his main villain still strikes me as a little odd. Although the last page will make you utter "Holy$#!&." There's no telling where Rick Remender will take this series next and that is part of the fun. You definitely need to fasten your seat belts when reading this series.

15 Comments
Posted by TheCheeseStabber

Im Sorry I see Dimension Z My first thought is Zombie Universe :[

Posted by chalkshark

Having cut my teeth on Kirby's Captain America run in the 70's (yes, I'm old), I'm rather enjoying the "new" direction for Captain America. He's no stranger to weird science fiction adventures, strange concepts, and even more bizarre villains. Wearing him down in such dire conditions is only going to make his inevitable triumph all the greater. Remender has almost immediately put Cap's back up against the wall, which nicely ratchets up the suspense and the tension. Honestly, if one were going to take Captain America in this direction, Arnim Zola seems like the perfect adversary to get him there. Looking forward to reading this issue.

Posted by -The Renegade-

So I guess it's the art that brought the issue's rating down.... Poor Remender, his Uncanny Avengers is getting crap for not only the bad art, but a mediocre story. And now with Captain America, he's making a decent story, but the art is forcing the critics to push down their ratings. Too bad Romita's always on time with his art, otherwise there would have been a quick switch of artists.

Posted by hectorsquall

@-The Renegade- said:

So I guess it's the art that brought the issue's rating down.... Poor Remender, his Uncanny Avengers is getting crap for not only the bad art, but a mediocre story. And now with Captain America, he's making a decent story, but the art is forcing the critics to push down their ratings. Too bad Romita's always on time with his art, otherwise there would have been a quick switch of artists.

Posted by BR_Havoc

@-The Renegade- said:

So I guess it's the art that brought the issue's rating down.... Poor Remender, his Uncanny Avengers is getting crap for not only the bad art, but a mediocre story. And now with Captain America, he's making a decent story, but the art is forcing the critics to push down their ratings. Too bad Romita's always on time with his art, otherwise there would have been a quick switch of artists.

Well I agree that the art in Captain America is not great but I do not think its as bad as G-man says it is. As soon as you see Romita's name on the book you know what your getting I mean look at Kick Ass hit girl had the same thing were she is a walking lolipop (Big head on a smaller body). Since I knew what to expect with the art I have been enjoying the crazy story.

As for my opinion on Uncanny Avenger, yes the art is nothing special but I think why it gets mediocre reviews is the first storyline is stupid. I mean its doesn't make sense and you don't care to see were its going.

Posted by JMLG

i dont like these series at all - i guess previous Cap runs were too good for me to enjoy some cosmic crap

Posted by TinyGrenade

I don't know if anything can live up to Brubakers cap but I'm still on board. Also...giant head Kid Rogers will give you nightmares.

Posted by -The Renegade-
@BR_Havoc: I actually really like Romita jr.'s art. It has a lot of flaws, but I got used to it and greatly enjoyed it on certain titles (Amazing Spider-Man and kick-Ass). I just read Captain America #3 and thought it deserved a 4 star rather than 3 (i might do a review later on if I have the time). The art, like you said, wasn't the best, but still did the job.
Edited by Nightwing28710

WTF is Remender doing to Cap!? It's ridiculous!

Posted by Nightwing28710

@TinyGrenade said:

I don't know if anything can live up to Brubakers cap but I'm still on board. Also...giant head Kid Rogers will give you nightmares.

It's Stewie Rogers.

Posted by snootchie_bootchies

This sounds pretty damn cool. Why am i just now hearing about this? Shame on me.

Posted by sparty-dbq

LOL, lil' Steve looked like a walking bobblehead.

Edited by Dernman

I'm not liking this. I don't know if it's the story or because the art just doesn't work for Cap that it's ruining it for me. Not to mention I was never a fan of the main villain. They need to work on making Caps rogues gallery better. There are very few that I like.

Posted by Reignmaker

So where is the Indestructible Hulk review, G-Man?

Posted by Mr_Weil

I'm enjoying the run, so far. I think it is a good story for Remender to start with, allows him to build his own Cap without negating any of Brubaker's work. This seems like the type of story that will have repercussions throughout Remender's run. I also think it is the best way to use JRJ's art. It looks too different to be mainstream Cap, but it adds a nice sci/fi tone to the Dimension Z. My only complaint for this issue is the scene where Cap throws a haymaker at the giant, rocky, alien warlord --- with the hand he just broke. It may seem silly, but it took me right out of the story. If the broken hand wasn't going to be addressed again, the punch could have at least been a left.