Rick Remender (Writer), John Romita Jr., Klaus Janson (Artists), Dean White (Colorist)
The Story: Steve Rogers manage to live a little bit among a tribe of strange creatures inhabiting Dimension Z.
The Review: Science-fiction can be hard properly write, as sometimes some of the concepts can become too wild or unfocused as it quickly turns into something alien to the readers. A single element out of place can destroy a whole setting if used profusely during the story set in the fictional world created by the author.
Thankfully, Rick Remender did not commit that mistake so far, as Dimension Z seems interesting so far, yet there could be much more development added to it and the characters living there. There are still many questions that are unanswered about the tribes, monsters and Zola’s role in all of this. In this issue, we get some small teases as for the answers to these questions, but it is not enough to fully know the answer. Considering the manner in which Steve Rogers was introduced to this world and how we readers perceive this in the various pages, Remender has made a right decision in playing the ‘’mystery’’ card here, revealing layers of this setting without telling us too much that would spoil everything. It’s a smart move and makes the eventual discovery of all the various elements that much tantalizing.
While Dimension Z works very well, there is however a whole scene that does not work quite as well: the 1930’s. While it is a good thing to show us that even when he was small, Steve Rogers had a lot of integrity and guts, some of the elements of this scene seems a little bit sloppy, a little bit forced. It sure serves its purpose in creating a parallel with a scene further in the book, but the 1930’s scene is just not as interesting as the sci-fi goodness from Dimension Z. It helps us get Steve Rogers as a character, but truly such a scene could have been a little bit shorter, since there is so much to discover and so much potential in Dimension Z for original storytelling.
Speaking of characters, I really did like what Remender managed to show on his portrayal and version of Steve Rogers, invoking the Gruenwald, Brubaker and Waid version of the character effortlessly. We see the artist in him, the tactician, idealist and relentless fighter that makes him such an interesting character in the first place. Another character that Remender managed to make so much more interesting would be Arnim Zola, who receives a chilling scene in the beginning of the issue and a great final page, cementing the facts that we know about him: he is sinister, manipulative and dedicated to his twisted science. I cannot wait to see what Remender has in store for this old Jack Kirby creation.
If there is one point where I was also expecting greatness, it was in the art. Last issue was full of brilliant designs and panels showing just what John Romita Jr. And Klaus Janson can do together. Sadly, this issue is not quite up to the standard of the previous iteration of the title, as most of the issue seems rushed in several key points. Several of the lines and details are blurry-looking, making the art look much less focused than before. Another lower point would be the way that John Romita Jr. draws children, making their heads look much too big for their little body, drawing them like smaller adults instead of kids. Another low point would be Dean White colorization, which is usually much better than this. His colors, like the rest of the art, seem a little blurry and unfocused, which can be seen well on the strange tribesmen and the background. It is a little bit sad to see, considering we know that this art team can do much better.
The Conclusion: This issue makes us see some great Cap and Arnim Zola moments in the Dimension Z scenes, but stumbles a little bit in the 30’s scene and in the art department.
-Hugo Robberts Larivière