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Captain America #2 – Review

Rick Remender (writer), John Romita Jr, Klaus Janson (artists), Dean White (colorist)

The Story: Steve Rogers tries to survive in a chaotic wasteland full of science experiments and monsters accompanied with a child.

The Review: In a recent interview about this title, Rick Remender has said that one of his inspirations for this arc had been Cormac McCarthy and his novel The Road. Reading this issue, one can see how indeed, as Captain America is traveling in a completely chaotic and dangerous wasteland with a small child in his care. However, the comparisons do not stop there.

Another similar aspect which can be seen in this book is some of the inner dialogue of Steve Rogers during the action scenes, which are mostly minimalistic, never going on for too long. In these short burst of thoughts, one can see the bravery and faith in himself that Steve Rogers has. Remender truly does get Steve as a character, one that never gives up and always fights no matter what happens.

One thing to especially note in this book is the landscape itself, as Remender goes full sci-fi here to great result. Monsters, flying machines, ray guns and all sort of stuff are in this issue and used to great effect. There is a sense of danger in this issue and during the action scenes, they are detailed and you know that even though Steve is confident, he is by no mean safe in this strange place full of experiments gone wrong.

A little downside of this issue, though, would be the opening and ending. The issue begins with a big black page that shows ‘’One year later,’, which indicate a large time skip that is a little bit jarring, introducing us readers directly to Ian in the process without knowing much about him. The bigger problem, however, would be the ending, which is very immediate and kind of rushed. There is no foreshadowing or anything that indicates what will eventually happen in the next issue. It just ends. However, the pages between the opening and ending are a joy to read.

They are also a joy to look at, as John Romita Jr. Is in rare form in this book, drawing impressive monsters with interesting designs. The largeness of the landscapes and the weirdness of the monsters are truly gorgeous to look at. Another thing that is pretty cool to see is Steve Rogers himself with a beard and long hair. It is minor, yet I cannot help but like that look it gives him. Another person worth to mention would be Dean White, who makes this book look even better. The subtle touches he add with his colorization makes this book look even more stunning.

The Conclusion: A book full of great action, art and characterization… It is very surprising to see Steve Rogers look this cool and bad-ass with a beard. I guess most male characters looks intimidating with facial hair. I cannot wait for the next issue.

Grade: A-

-Hugo Robberts Larivière

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2 Responses

  1. I dug the old school sci-fi, Lone Wolf and Cub vibe that Remender is pirching here. I haven’t read a Cap book since the Mark Gruenwald/Diamondback days, but this is surprisingly fun. Also, they gave Remender the keys to the kingdom with JRJR – love the bizarre landscapes and monsters. The only issues I had revolved around the kid. The Cap childhood flashback was pointless and lame – switch it up with some characterization for the kid (who is a complete cipher now – no Daigoro) and you have something. Plus JRJR can draw the hell out of most things, but his children are just freaky looking. Still, those minor quibbles aside, I like what I am seeing.

    • What I think will happen is that Remender will draw a lot of comparisons with what the child will go through against what Steve went through during his childhood. Sure, the child right now is a blank slate and we don’t know anything about him, but I’m sure future interaction with this character will be better. At least I hope so.

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