Daily Archives: January 9, 2011

Veterans Affairs

Ultimate Captain America #1
Writer: Jason Aaron
Artist: Ron Garney
Colors: Jason Keith
Letters: Virtual Calligraphy
Cover artists: Garney/Ed McGuinness & Dexter Vines (variant)
Editor: Mark Paniccia
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Price: $3.99 us

I see from the indicia that Marvel seems to have dropped the word “Comics” from its Ultimate titles, an odd change they made a year ago that did little to reinvigorate the brand. The focus needs to be on the storytelling, of course, and with writer Jason Aaron and artist Ron Garney working on this comic book, that was enough to get me to pay attention (and to overcome my aversion to Marvel’s four-dollar, limited-series titles). I’m surprised that it’s taken a decade for Marvel to give the Ultimate incarnation of Cap his own book (even if it’s only for a four-issue run), given the more political and edgy tone that some corners of the Ultimate Universe has boasted over the years. This is an accessible story, apparently devoid of any firm link to continuity. This could be taking place at any point in the Ultimate Cap’s modern adventures, so new readers will be able to appreciate this book even if they’re unfamiliar with the character’s history in The Ultimates or other comics. It’s too early to tell if this will be a standout story or simple a standard super-hero yarn, but the opening scene really grabbed my attention.

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