Daily Archives: July 15, 2011

O Beautiful, For Specious Skies

Captain America #1
“American Dreamers, Part 1”
Writer: Ed Brubaker
Pencils: Steve McNiven
Inks: Mark Morales
Colors: Justin Ponsor
Letters: Virtual Calligraphy
Cover artists: McNiven & Morales (regular)/John Romita Sr. & Joe Sinnott/Neal Adams/Olivier Coipel (variants)
Editor: Tom Brevoort
Publisher: Marvel Worldwide
Price: $3.99 US

When it comes to repeated relaunches, DC has The Flash, and Marvel has Captain America. I’ve seen a couple of sites refer to this new series as Captain America v.5. The relaunch is a marketing strategy, but the bump it provides is usually so fleeting, it hardly seems worth the bother. After all, the big selling point here for comics fans isn’t the new #1, but the fact that longtime Cap writer Ed Brubaker is joined by popular artist Steve McNiven. McNiven really delivers here, offering up visuals that outshine his work on such recent projects as Wolverine: Old Man Logan, Nemesis and Amazing Spider-Man. As for the writing, while it’s clear Brubaker is comfortable with these characters, the plotting comes off a far too familiar.

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