By: Rick Remender (writer)
Format/Source: single issues 01 – 09; my copy
Thrust into a bizarre, inhospitable world far from home, the all-new, high-adventure, mind-melting, tough-as-nails, sci-fi, pulp-fantasy era of Captain America is NOW! With no country and no allies, what’s left for the Sentinel of Liberty to protect? The Saga of Dimension Z begins here!
Continuing along on my reviews of some of the comics I’ve been following, Marvel Now!’s Captain America is also on my pull list right now at my local comic book store (along with Marvel Now!’s Thor: God of Thunder (review)). Unlike Thor, I actually haven’t read much from the Cap’s previous story arcs, save for the Winter Soldier collection (because a) I heard it’s one of the best stories and b) the second movie that’s coming out next year is based off that storyline). Otherwise, the only time I’ve encountered Captain America has been in Avengers volumes (which, now that I think about it, is only 2 of the graphic novels that I own, lol). Anyways, I was curious about what his story was like in the Now! series so here I am. May contain some spoilers ahead!
This series of Captain America is intriguing. According to the writer & the team, they wanted to go back to the sci-fi roots/elements of Cap’s story as it was back then but to be honest, I never considered him to have sci-fi elements in his story; always thought of him to have more espionage elements, probably as a result of reading the Winter Soldier storyline. But I should’ve realised he would obviously have sci-fi elements; after all, his premise story had the Super Soldier serum, the Red Skull, etc.–all of which were sci-fi elements. So it’s a lot of fun to be reading a more sci-fi-infused storyline for Cap.
The story itself was really interesting, having Captain America ripped out of his world so to speak and plopped into Dimension Z, left to try and figure out how to survive there. I love how the narrative is his perspective, it really gives the reader a sense of his character and what he’s feeling as he’s going through all of these hardships. The (re-)introduction to his story–his upbringing, touching on the events of World War Two–were great, especially if readers are unfamiliar with his story. The first issue especially establishes the story quite nicely, right now to Steve Rogers being his dorky, out-of-this-decade self while talking to Sharon Carter.
Nine issues into the series though, I find that the story is moving a little slower than, let’s say, Thor; the latest issue for example had its moments (especially in the aftermath of something shocking that happened within the closing pages of issue #8–it was a bit of a surprise for me so I can’t mention it here, you really should pick it up to find out what it was) but otherwise it’s starting to slog a bit from getting from point C to point D. I hope it starts picking up in the next issue; to be honest, I’m ready for him to head back to the real world.
The art style for this series is good, it has its moments where it looks a little weird and sloppy but otherwise the style fits the atmosphere of the narration and what Cap’s going through.
Captain America is an action-packed series and a fine addition to the Marvel Now! line-up. It’s a little lighter than some of the previous storylines that have ran for this superhero but the Cap’s personality and his ideals are still very much at the core of the story. Despite it running a bit slower than I’d want it, I’m really enjoying the series and I can’t wait to see what’s in store for the Cap next.