Captain America #1

Captain America #1

Writer: Rick Remender Artist: John Romita Jr. Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: November 21, 2012 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 35 User Reviews: 2
7.5Critic Rating
8.0User Rating

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!

  • 10
    Major Spoilers - Elijah Williams Nov 26, 2012

    So far Marvel NOW has give a good share of fantastic comics, and Captain America #1 is among them. If you have any love for Captain America or superhero comics as a genre, then you are doing yourself a disservice by not picking this comic up. Read Full Review

  • 10
    16BitMonster - Hamilton Ortiz Dec 2, 2012

    Captain America might or might not be the best of the Marvel Now titles to certain people depending on how open you are to seeing Captain America out of the norm but personally, I loved every word, panel, and inch of Captain America #1. For me it could be because I have never been a big reader of any Captain America books. Not because I have never liked Cap but because I have always been drawn more to the X-Men side of the Marvel Universe. My interest Captain America was generated after reading what Marvel, Rick Remender, John Romita were planning to do with Cap. It's different, tasteful, and was down right an awesome read. Pick it up. Read Full Review

  • 10
    X-Man's Comic Blog - x-man75 Nov 22, 2012

    Awesome!!  That's really all I could think after putting this issue down.  It ticked all of the boxes I was hoping Remender would tick.  It gave us some development between Cap and Sharon, it brought back one of Cap's old foes(the HUGELY underused and under-appreciated Zola), gave us a great story, great art(sorry, I'm a huge JRJR mark), and a sweet cliffhanger.  So yeah, I loved this issue and am SO looking forward to seeing where Remender goes with this storyline.  Personally, I'm really hoping the baby Cap rescued grows into the new Bucky, because, why not?  Um yeah, I could keep heaping praise on this issue, but instead I'll just give it the inevitable perfect score and move on. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Addicts - Akshay Dhar Nov 29, 2012

    If you're deciding which books to pick from the MARVEL NOWinitiative to follow, this one definitely gets my seal of approval. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    The Comic Book Revue - Jay Mattson Nov 21, 2012

    Rick Remender has a lot of ideas for Captain America. In one issue, he's taken Steve Rogers out of the gritty darkness of the spy game, thrown readers some integral and telling character history, and introduced a whole new chapter in the Captain's life. He's stuck in an alternate dimension that's populated by Arnim Zola's mutated creatures and he's got no way to get back home. John Romita Jr's pencilling gets mixed reviews, usually, but here, it's spot on and works perfectly with Remender's more cheeky style. I've never read Captain America on a regular basis. Captain America #1 by Rick Remender is going to change that. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Newsarama - David Pepose Nov 19, 2012

    Ed Brubaker's Captain America was a slow burn, an espionage thriller, a thinking man's game. Rick Remender isn't playing. He's blown up the dam, he's cranked things up to 11; he's injected a ton of ambition and thrills and pure pulp into the veins of Steve Rogers, Super Soldier. Whether its defining the man behind the shield or giving him some serious stunts to pull off (seriously, that last-page cliffhanger made me literally hoot in excitement), this comic is definitely going to be the selling point of Marvel NOW! Definitely pick this one up. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Unleash The Fanboy - Marcell Nov 22, 2012

    Captain America #1 is a great relaunch effort for the classic character, heading a bold new area that hasn't been explored in previous installments. Remender & Romita Jr. make a great team and have found a good balance of story telling and art. The opening chapter of the “Dimension Z” saga is a good one. Recommended Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Weekly Comic Book Review - paladinking Nov 22, 2012

    Fantastic, in your face stuff that's unlike any Captain America comic you've ever read. Already a stand-out amongst the Marvel NOW crop. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Hyper Geeky - ClumsyG Nov 23, 2012

    Taking Captain America out of America and transporting him into a different dimension opens up a new world of possibilities, and Remender's plotting and sequencing will likely have Captain America fighting a difficult battle to save a family or just a few of the members in it. Those who aren't familiar with Arnim Zola might feel a little underwhelmed because there's a lack of villain cred. Remender sees potential in Zola, and readers may see the emerging of a supervillain into the mainstream. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Super Hero Hype - Spencer Perry Nov 26, 2012

    Where this comic gets it right is in the character himself. The action scenes look fun, but they don't hold a candle to the rest of the comic. Captain America #1 does what the best of the Marvel NOW! comics are doing, it's trying to tell it's own story without worrying about tying into every other series or appealing to the casual fan with cameos. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Resources - Ryan K. Lindsay Nov 19, 2012

    "Captain America" #1 is a great creative change for Marvel NOW! because it isn't just more of the same. After years of being a spy, Remender turns Captain America back into a superhero. The results look to be over the top but with a lot of heart heart. Although there are faults with this issue, there are also so many things done well. There's a character at the core but he's surrounded by a whacked-out scenario -- a juxtaposition Remender uses to brilliant ends. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Vine - Tony 'G-Man' Guerrero Nov 19, 2012

    This isn't the Captain America series you might have been expecting. Cap as a super-agent/spy has been great but there is a great sense of nostalgia that you might have forgotten could exist. This is Cap back in pure superhero action. Once you see where this is going to go, you won't realize that how much you've been missing this sort of action. John Romita Jr.'s art works great in some parts but can get a little rough in others. When I first read this issue, I wasn't sure what to think. Reading it a second time, I totally get where Remender is going with this and cannot wait to see what else he has planned. It would be easy for Remender to continue what Brubaker has set up the last few years. Instead, Remender has set up an incredible new direction that has a Jack Kirby feel to it yet also a completely modern one. I was saddened a bit over the the thought of no more Brubaker but Remender is gearing up to make his mark on CAPTAIN AMERICA equally memorable. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Read Comic Books - Derek Baker Nov 21, 2012

    Captain America #1 is a fabulous debut issue for Remender. His characterization and zany plot is something to keep an eye on as this series progresses. Romita Jr. can definitely turn in some great work, so even though this isnt his best, we should expect better outings in the future. This is going to be a magnificent series. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    ComicList - Brandon Borzelli Nov 23, 2012

    Captain America is a very good start to what will hopefully be a fantastic run. If this book follows the pattern that Remender has put out with Fear Agent and Uncanny X-Force then this issue is going to prove vital down the road. I suggest giving this a shot and settling in for a Captain America you probably haven't seen before and didn't know you ever would. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    A Comic Book Blog - Phillip Carson Nov 23, 2012

    Overall, this has the potential to be a fun "crazy" story for Cap. But a part of me can't wait for him to get back to the real world and start interacting with Sharon and SHIELD. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics Bulletin - Jamil Scalese Nov 26, 2012

    The writer of this book has a pattern of planting seeds for larger plot points in the early issues of long runs, and there are plenty of fun thought-nuggets in the 20 pages I read on Wednesday. Whether a dedicated fan of Steve Rogers or not it's a comic worth checking. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Den Of Geek! - Mike Cecchini Nov 23, 2012

    Despite a mild case of "first issue-itis," Captain America #1 is fun, intriguing, fresh and worth your money and time. This is more than just a new creative team; it's a drastic shift in tone from the last eight years of the title. After an extended period of exceptional secret agent style storytelling courtesy of Ed Brubaker and friends, Remender and Janson look poised to give us some high energy superhero action. Sometimes, change is good. This is one of those times. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Population Go - Population Go Staff Dec 6, 2012

    The only real negative point on this issue comes from the artistic side. In modern comics, pretty much since Amazing Spider-Man, John Romita Jr.'s artwork has gone back and forth between invoking the sense of the silver and bronze age of Marvel in the best possible ways, and looking way too boxy andunattractivefor him to be considered one of the industry's giants. If it weren't for Klaus Janson and Dean White on the inks and colors, then I'm afraid this book would just come off as ugly. Romita shines in his representation of technology and of grand scenery, but it's his character forms that always seem a little off. It's the out of costume scenes where Romita's characters don't come out wonky, so I'm hoping in future issues his art can really be in full form as he illustrates Dimension Z. Read Full Review

  • 7.9
    Multiversity Comics - Vince Ostrowski Nov 22, 2012

    When it was announced that Marvel was deciding to mostly shift their major talents around on the major books, there were arguments as to whether they would have benefitted more from hungrier and fresher writers or from trying to grab from outside their stable. But when guys like Remender so clearly have a passion for the characters they've been assigned to, then we end up with great issues like this and a sure sign that Marvel's major creative stable still has plenty of new stories to tell. This is nothing less than yet another really smart pairing of writer, artist, and character – something that Marvel said was their aim with Marvel NOW! While I don't know what sort of silly initiative a company would introduce that didn't promise great writers and artist with great characters, what I am sure of is that “Captain America” certainly fits that bill. Read Full Review

  • 7.7
    IGN - Joey Esposito Nov 21, 2012

    It's clear from issue #1 that Remender has huge, bizarre plans in store for Cap. From a narrative standpoint, this issue has got it all "a strong hook, bouncy dialogue, a great thematic through line, and spot-on characterization " but some lackluster art is holding it back from hitting its full potential. Still, any Cap fans eagerly anticipating this one won't be disappointed. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Marvel Disassembled - Magen Cubed Nov 22, 2012

    Overall its a solid first issue. Ed Brubaker is going to be a tough act to follow, but Remender is off to a good start. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Graphic Policy - Brett Schenker Nov 26, 2012

    It's just the first issue, so I'm doing my best to not get to hard on the comic, but it's not looking good and I fear Captain America's best stories might be behind him, for at least the short term. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Geeks Unleashed - Jo Lewis Nov 25, 2012

    Romitas art is polarising personally I think his action sequences are some of the best in modern comics, however his character posing is often unnatural and therefore jarring; the cover is one such example. Read Full Review

  • 6.8
    Entertainment Fuse - Sean Elks Nov 24, 2012

    Typically, the science fiction with Captain America has worked best when it is grounded and restrained. This isn't Iron Man or the Fantastic Four we're talking about. This is Captain America. To me, it's like a writer deciding that their Daredevil run is going to be all about the supernatural. Yeah, there have been those elements in the past, but it's never really been at the core of what the character is about. So in trying so hard to be different from Ed Brubaker's take, Rick Remender has basically made this into a Captain America different from what I care to read. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    Comic Book Bin - Andy Frisk Nov 25, 2012

    I'm going to have to see more of what Remender has cooked up long term for Captain America as a character and series. So far I'm going to have to reserve judgment. All I can say is that Captain America #1 pales in comparison to the other major Marvel Comics' hero whose new series just debuted: Mark Waid's Indestructible Hulk #1. More on that stunning first issue soon... Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    The Pop Cultist - Josh Elliott Nov 21, 2012

    Fans of Flash Gordon-type science fiction will find something to like here in all the giant needle genetics, teeth-gnashing baddies and alien landscapes this series appears to have in store. If you want some home-spun, World War II-esque plotlines, you won't find them here. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Crave Online - Iann Robinson Nov 21, 2012

    Eventually, the Remender/Romita Jr. collaboration will find it’s own voice. Let’s just hope that it happens before too many people get turned off. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comics Are Not Dead - Comics Are Not Dead Nov 21, 2012

    Captain America #1 is a fine read, with a well done story but meh art. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills Nov 24, 2012

    The rest of the issue was more weird than anything else. Monsters, an elaborate ambush by Arnim Zola, and then kind of a generic fight scene as Cap predictably just wills his way to fight through his foes and escape to safety. There's nothing particularly exciting about the action or the foes. And this whole Dimension Z nonsense just doesn't excite me. Nor does the idea of Captain America and a baby in the wilderness. So yeah, basically just a lot of generic Captain America action. Perhaps if I liked Captain America more, I'd enjoy the comic more, but this wasn't anything special. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Eye On Comics - Don MacPherson Nov 25, 2012

    It's always a pleasure to see John Romita Jr. taking on a new project. More JRjr art is always a good thing. Klaus Janson's inks make things a little too loose and undefined at times. The other-dimensional minions are too cartoony to seem terribly menacing, and the young girl in the scene doesn't look like a young girl all the time. The train scene doesn't flow all that well either. But despite those glitches in the visuals, the artists redeem themselves with a fantastic portrayal of a classic Cap villain. The big reveal unfolds perfectly, and it draws the reader into the story quite effectively. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Razorfine - Alan Rapp Nov 26, 2012

    Although I don't hate the art, I'm not sure John Romita Jr. is the right choice for the comic if, as Remender states in the afterward, the point is to take the series into the weird sci-fi stories the character enjoyed under Jack Kirby‘s run in the 1970′s. Hit-and-Miss. Read Full Review

  • 5.0 - Ben Silverio Dec 2, 2012

    There's some potential for some interesting stories in this title if some things are pursued properly, so I hope things get better from here, especially since Captain America is my favorite and I don't want to see him get the short end of the stick, especially since he has such talented people behind him. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Comics: The Gathering - tskavlan Nov 21, 2012

    I can’t say that Captain America is a must read, nor can I say that you should unequivocally pass on it. I am certain there will be people out there who enjoy it much more than I did. Unfortunately, the first issue just left me very unimpressed and wishing Remender and crew had taken this in a different direction. Hopefully the second issue improves because while there were a lot of missteps here, there is a lot of promise as well. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    First Comics News - Matthew Szewczyk Nov 30, 2012

    The storyline is downright bizarre, with alien run subways and alternate dimensions being the featured plot points and it seems so unlike the Captain America we are used to reading. Comic creators trying something new is always appreciated but not when the new ideas are so bad or just not interesting. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Comic Booked - Andrew Taylor Nov 25, 2012

    At this point, I'm damning Captain America with praise. Much of the comic is so good on a technical level, but its biggest failing has nothing to do with skill. Rather, it's a problem of point. Specifically, that Remender doesn't seem to have one. His Cap is a good old-fashioned pulp hero on good old-fashioned pulp adventures. What he misses, though, is pulp's ability to express reality through metaphor. Read Full Review

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