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Captain America #9 - Castaway in Dimension Z, Chapter Nine Review

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After last issue's surprising ending, how will Captain America recover from what happened?

The Good

With the end of this story approaching, a big question has been what will happen to Cap after spending over a decade in Dimension Z. There has been some speculation as to what has and will happen. That's part of the fun that Rick Remender has crafted in this story. On some levels you don't want to accept what could have been happening yet on another, Remender would be the one to be able to pull this off.

We're now seeing Cap at his lowest. Too often comics become predictable but here, you really have no idea what Remender is cooking up. We know Cap always finds a way to overcome whatever incredibly crazy odds are stacked against him but you truly feel this could be the story that breaks him down.

John Romita Jr's art here truly works, for the most part. His breakdowns along with Klaus Janson, Scott Hanna and Tom Palmer doing the finishes captures the raw brutality of the story. This isn't a walk in the park and you can feel all the pain and bruises Cap and the others are feeling.

The Bad

We're almost at the end of this story. There's a strange turn of events for one character. It makes sense in some ways but felt too sudden and extreme after everything we've seen.

Minor concerns over the art. While it does "work," as I mentioned, there are still some moments it's a bit much and the designs of Zola's creatures and the Phrox still don't sit well with me.

The Verdict

Rick Remender is cooking up some crazy stew in this title. It's hard to believe it's been nine issues already. The way the story has been developing, there's no telling what might happen next or how it's all going to end next issue. Romita Jr's breakdowns do capture the brutal vibe of the setting of Dimension Z. The questions of doubt in the story I've had for several issues rear their head in the actual story and part of the fun is not knowing if their valid questions or not. Things took a big turn last issue and we'll have to wait until the conclusion to see what Remender has planned for all this. It's a great feeling being excited for a CAPTAIN AMERICA story again.

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Edited by TheAcidSkull

i was really disappointed in this issue.

The art is just terrible, i'm not saying that Jr's art is Bad, but i've said this before, Romita depends to much on his colorist, so his art is incredibly inconsistent.

The constant Change of Character personality and alignment is extremely badly executed, i never really bought Jets Change of Heart after being always raised to view Zola as a god , but fine, i can deal with that since i admit that it does introduce emotional spectrum and this is comics so i can see why remender would do it.

But Zola suddenly saves his daughters life for the wrong cause ?( wrong to him that is) i would have believed this but this happened right after he said his son could have just as well died for betraying him and he wouldn't care. Again, does not make sense.

I hope The whole twist is explained further in the next issue other wise i would be a train wreck. if all thous years had been programmed into cap , why was Zola so keen on trying to steal ian way from cap IF he was the one who programmed him? also If ian was just some random clone and a fake why did Jet Care about him, was Ian Programmer into her as well?

and 35 minutes? when did Zola have time to program Steve If he he came in for like 35 minutes? is the time really different here? was ian actually real?

a lot of holes in the plot, which have to be resolved. in the following issues..

Disappointing.

Posted by G-Man

@theacidskull: I think your last two questions are the key. That's the 'doubt' I mentioned in the Verdict section. Next issue will be the key to laying it all out. I'm hoping Remender blows us away.

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Posted by TheAcidSkull

@g_man said:

@theacidskull: I think your last two questions are the key. That's the 'doubt' I mentioned in the Verdict section. Next issue will be the key to laying it all out. I'm hoping Remender blows us away.

Thats kinda why i decided not to review this issue, because i don't know what happened yet, if it's resolved nicely then great! but if it never gets answered the story will suffer :(

Posted by kriminal

This has been my favorite marvel now series. I hope this doesn't end too stupid. I have hated the art from the beginning but remender is my favorite writer right now

I give this issue a four out of five based on how I felt the first time I read it.

Edited by mikeyar19

I think this issue will sit better after #10 next month. I bet a big payout is coming in regards to the Cap/Ian relationship, which wasn't built up for nothing (hopefully). We absolutely need to see what Jet does next... Great series!

Posted by Poncho

that last sentence says it all, bruddah!

Posted by manwithoutshame

This has been such a great story, it's a shame it has to end. Romita Jr has been a great fit on this title.

Posted by AllStarSuperman

I can't wait to read it!

Edited by G-Man

Did you all read Uncanny Avengers? Minor spoiler?

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Posted by Merc20

@g_man: Minor indeed, there is still so much that needs to be explained

Posted by Neon_Jackal

I love how Sharon is convinced it's only been 35 minutes even though Steve has a beard, I wish I could grow a beard that fast...

Posted by AllStarSuperman

I'm gonna be so pissed if it doesn't end the way I want it to!

Posted by captain_elburn

Time is so weird there that Cap shaves in the morning then by mid-afternoon the full beard has returned. He spends a fortune on those Fusion power razors!

Posted by stevencarver_

I am so ready for this to end, but in the way that I've been waiting since the beginning and I absolutely must know how it ends! I plan on sitting down with the first volume trade and my iPad the day of issue #10 and read from beginning to end. It's been a wild ride!