Captain America: Steve Rogers #1

Captain America: Steve Rogers #1

Writer: Nick Spencer Artist: Jesus Saiz Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: May 25, 2016 Cover Price: $4.99 Critic Reviews: 27 User Reviews: 34
6.4Critic Rating
6.5User Rating

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He's back! The original Sentinel of Liberty returns, with a new shield, a new team, and a new mission! And he's not the only one who's back! Like the saying goes-- cut off one LIMB, two more will take its place! HAIL HYDRA!
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  • 10
    Comic Crusaders - Al Mega May 28, 2016

    Comedy is Spencer's strong suit and he has fun reminding us of old, best forgotten storylines and his characters are in on the joke, which makes it more amusing. Jesus Saiz' art pops off the page in his strongest effort to date. Cap moves fluidly through the action sequences and Zemo looks particularly menacing with a new hood looking more like his father's. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    AiPT! - David Brooke May 25, 2016

    Spencer nails his first issue with great dialogue, a fantastic flashback sequence, and solid character dynamics. Captain America feels fresh again! Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    The Fandom Post - Alex Henning May 26, 2016

    Obviously, the best part of this issue is Zemo and Skull and their differing ideologies. So if you're looking for excellent villains, here's a good comic for you. If not, then you may want to look elsewhere. The art is pretty good, especially during the scenes where Zemo and Skull give their speeches. The story by Spencer flows well, and his political acumen is very evident in this. Read Full Review

  • 8.3
    Heroes Direct - Adam Fitch Jun 1, 2016

    Captain America: Steve Rogers #1 finishes a great first issue with a shocking twist. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Nerds Unchained - Jeremy Radick May 26, 2016

    Despite an action plot that feels familiar, Spencer and Saiz have crafted an exciting debut issue that, even if you aren't loving the twist at the end, definitely intrigues and engages the reader, and accomplishes the difficult task of making a character that we all know so well into someone to look at with fresh eyes. Hopefully, the follow-through manages to justifythe boldness of the twist. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Vine - Tony 'G-Man' Guerrero May 25, 2016

    Steve Rogers is back as Captain America. He has a new costume, a new shield, and has a sort of new supporting cast. Spencer and Jesus Saiz are working great together. The issue starts out as a standard Cap story, but then takes a huge turn at the end. This is what makes comic books fun and exciting. We can't have the same old stories over and over again. This book will definitely grabbed your attention. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - Justin Partridge May 26, 2016

    After landing like an atom bomb and sending shockwaves through the comics-reading community, I had to experience Captain America: Steve Rogers #1 for myself and what I found was a lot more interesting than what people were making this debut out to be. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck May 26, 2016

    Hopefully upcoming issues will kick it into a higher gear - so far the story is just plodding along, following well-worn paths. The star of this year's biggest movie deserves better. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Spectrum - Shawn Hoklas May 31, 2016

    I look forward to issue number two of this all new series because it was a solid debut for a character who has had his fair share of crazy, fun, and outrageous stories. That's what comics are all about. Thank goodness for that! Read Full Review

  • 7.9
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen May 25, 2016

    Captain America: Steve Rogers #1 doesn't offer the most exciting start for this new series (at least, not until the final sequence), but it does feature a talented creative team digging in with some of Marvel's most iconic characters. Spencer's depiction of the new Hydra alone is proof that this isn't just any old Cap comic. Saiz's artwork only furthers that impression. Hopefully there's nowhere to go but up as this new series moves beyond the setup phase and continues building new challenges for Captain America. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    We The Nerdy - Jean-Luc Botbyl May 25, 2016

    The thing is, I liked a lot of what this book had to offer. Spencer really does a good job with the it, for the most part. The ending just left a terrible taste in my mouth, and it's something that I just can't seem to get over. It just doesn't sit well with me at all. Who knows, maybe it will all be addressed and explained away as some dumb swerve, and it will probably all be undone in a few months regardless. Still, in this moment, I really wish it wasn't a part of this issue. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    SnapPow.com - John McCubbin May 26, 2016

    Captain America: Steve Rogers #1 is bound to cause some divide, but despite this the creative team give us an intriguing tale. The way they handle Steve's past and present also help this to stand out from previous series, leaving a lot of questions that need answered. Despite all this, there is more than enough to warrant picking up the second issue, as I'm sure there's more to this tale than meets the eye. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Razorfine - Alan Rapp May 27, 2016

    Given the character's vast continuity I can't say I buy the premise of Steve Rogers being a Hydra agent but the set-up does allow Marvel to take Cap in an entirely new direction. We'll just have to wait and see whether or not it turns out to be a good one. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Newsarama - George Marston Aug 23, 2016

    Captain America: Steve Rogers got off the ground by relying on a shocking premise, though it faltered in its first issues for a lack of actual propulsion. Now that the pieces are all in place, and it's moving full steam ahead, this story is starting to build up to something that could fulfill the promise of Cap's drama-laden "Hail Hydra!" moment. There are still seams showing, like a lack of room to show both sides of Steve's life, but we're getting there. And, at only four issues in, there's still plenty of time to really build a massive deluge that could flood the Marvel Universe when the levee finally breaks. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    Comicosity - Doug Zawisza May 26, 2016

    I'm intrigued by what Spencer is doing. This first issue is a bit jumbly. The story sparks are a bit bright. At the core, however, there's mystery and action, excitement and possibility. I'm not going to quickly dismiss this series, but I do want to see this foundation firm up a bit. Saiz got my attention for this title. It's up to Spencer to keep it. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Monkeys Fighting Robots - Seth Frederiksen May 25, 2016

    To be fair, I know stories are written months before they wind up going to print. And I do feel that Marvel isn't going to let this character's legacy get butchered to death for a story line. But the pessimist in me is well convinced I'm not gonna enjoy the story's turnout. I hate to think that it's right. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills May 28, 2016

    The first issue of this new Captain America series delivers a lot of controversy, but a fairly by-the-numbers story. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Book Bin - Herv St-Louis May 29, 2016

    The one salvation of this comic is Jesus Saizs work. His Captain America is solid and real. There are dimensions to his characters and they are pleasant to look at. There is an Art Deco feel to the dimension that he gives his characters that fits the story of a white supremacist. Art Deco always makes white supremacists look better. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Fortress of Solitude - Byron Hendricks Jun 25, 2016

    This is a rather average and predictable comic. Even still, nobody would expect the controversial conclusion. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Newsarama - David Pepose May 25, 2016

    It's a disappointing read, especially given that we know Spencer is capable of some great stuff, as you can see regularly in The Fix, Ant-Man, or even in slightly better work like Spencer's Sam Wilson series. But this is a case where the hype won't justify the book. Whether Steve Rogers: Captain America is a clone, under hypnosis or engaging in an undercover operation, it's hard to take this twist " or this comic " at face value. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    CourtOfNerds - Benjamin Raven May 25, 2016

    This isn't about canon. This isn't about keeping things the same. This isn't about the movies. This isn't even about the legacy of Steve Rogers aka Captain America. This is about the fact that Marvel, Nick Spencer and Co. just tried to pass shock value as is as actual creative content. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    ComicList - Eric Bradach May 28, 2016

    This issue is incredibly frustrating. Nick Spencer is a strong writer who can write a well paced story, engaging dialogue, solid character moments, and natural comedy. In those terms there are no negatives with this comic. However, the twist is grating and reeks of gimmick and editorial mandate. The artwork is stunning in moments and distracting in others. I want to give this comic a positive review because the positives do outweigh the negatives. However the negatives are too agonizing and distracting to overlook. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    GAMbIT Magazine - Alan D.D. May 28, 2016

    It's damn disrespectful to take this symbol, this emblematic American hero and throw it away his 75 years of story and character development, just because Marvel wants to sell and compete with the DC films that will see the light soon. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Comicsverse - Corey Spanner May 25, 2016

    In the end, the book feels cheap. It's a safe bet that a lot of readers are going to feel this way, especially from a company that hasn't exactly been trustworthy with their prices and gimmicks of late (see CIVIL WAR II for more of that!). It's long, predictable, and worthy of more than a few rolls of the eyes. Captain America, arguably the most noble hero this side of the aisle for 7o years, has earned something better than this. Read Full Review

  • 3.0
    Comic Book Resources - Jim Johnson May 25, 2016

    Much of the criticism directed at "Captain America: Steve Rogers" #1 seems unfair and off-base, but that's not to say there isn't plenty it deserves. This comic isn't typical of the work normally seen by Spencer or Saiz, but the off-kilter synergy of the pair combined with their own individual misses make this one of the most disappointing issues featuring the original Star-Spangled Avenger in a long time. Read Full Review

  • 2.5
    Multiversity Comics - Alice W. Castle May 27, 2016

    "A book whose faults have taken over the entirety of the book, leaving nothing to be desired. There may be a slight glimmer of hope somewhere in it, but it is buried extremely deep under." Yeah, this seems to fit that description. Read Full Review

  • 2.0
    Comics Bulletin - Chase Magnett May 27, 2016

    If there's one bit of hope to be found in Captain America: Steve Rogers #1, it's this: Even though the last page has set so many people at one another's throats, the comic should also stand a chance of bringing them together. This comic presents a reading experience so lacking in any notable form of quality that anyone who bothers to pick it up ought to be able to put it down and say "That was fucking garbage." Whatever your specific reason for stating it, it's a clear conclusion. There's no need to fight about why this comic is garbage when we can all just acknowledge this tire fire together and move on. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    brandongernux May 26, 2016

    The hate this book is receiving is mind-blowing to me. This issue was very well told. What a great way to kick off a new Cap book. If I had flaws with this book, it is that it is very heavy handed with the metaphors to what is happening in our current political climate...however that is actually something that I loved about it. As far as the twist ending...comic books have been filled with them for a long time. I do not see this as one that changes a status quo or even the character itself, just a unique way of telling yet another Cap/HYDRA story. I am definitely adding this book to my pull list.

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  • 8.0
    Inklings May 26, 2016

    Long time Cap fan here, utterly bewildered with the ridiculous, zealous hatred this issue is receiving, most especially with people who don't regularly consume comics or this particular title (but then, what should I expect when a TIMES news headline gets more views online than the real comic). People seem to be skipping over very essential elements of the art and writing that put the "Hail Hydra" reveal in a suitable context. Pay close attention to dialogue concerning eyes, and then look at that final panel again. Something should click. The issue is topically interesting. It ties impoverished street kid youth together with Steve Rogers origins, empathically tying them together. It draws analogies between agents of state terrorism and the terrorists they fight against, as well as the ideologies of current American personality cults popular in the modern political mindset with Red Skull. That is awesome to me. Red Skull continues to be utilized best when his presence emulates real authoritarian figures, be they fascist or communist, thereby creating the perfect foil for Steve Rogers as an ideological counterpoint. What else could draw us into this new argument than to make us believe, for one wild second, that he has turned traitor? But again, anyone who's paying attention knows, as Sharon Carter seems to suspect, that there's more going on in Steve's head than is immediately assumed. That being said, this is a status quo shakeup issue. It banks on shock value, which is not very ambitious but it is effective. The line art is also substandard, with some characters' faces (Sharon Carter and Maria Hill's in particular) looking like inhuman blobs. But the pros of this issue eventually outweigh their demerits. And if history is any indicator (anyone remember Superior Spider-Man and the history of its reception?) this shakeup will be worth it for moments that are sure to come, wherein Cap is almost inevitably going to return in high-flying form.

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  • 7.0
    Gizmo May 29, 2016

    "No! Captain America can never go through any interesting character development or plots twists, EVER! He punches Hitler while shouting "America!" and eating a Carl's Jr. burger in every issue, without exception! Who do these writers think they are to write otherwise!?" -- Honestly, have any of these whiny bitches ever even read a comic book? I legitimately don't know what's going on with Cap or what is going to happen next, and that's a good thing not a bad thing. Hell, we don't even know if this has any significance at all. As for the rest of the comic, I am noticing the same sort of discussion with Director Hill as She Hulk had in Civil War II #0, so that's already starting to get played out and Civil War II hasn't even started yet. The colours in the flashbacks make the people all look blue, which is kind of weird, maybe tone that down a bit. I enjoyed the dialogue between the minions the most, it's funny and I feel a little bad for them. I also like the allusions to Trump supporters, even if it is a little ham-fisted.

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  • 5.5
    Supes' soups May 25, 2016

    The "twist" doesn't sit well with me. One of the defining attributes of Steve Rogers is that he's good to a point where it ostracizes him from other heroes. I may still be running on the good feelings I got after watching Civil War and thought the letter to Tony was a fantastic sum-up of what it feels to be Steve Rogers. He never felt like he belonged anywhere but he still had the determination to still believe in himself and his values, that's something I respect. The reveal at the end of this issue undermines everything I believe about Cap, it's almost sacrilegious at this point. I'm really hoping this is some sort of mind control because it just doesn't sit well with me. Like an emo dancing Spider-Man it's a bad characterization of an icon.

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  • 2.0
    Nightmare of Solomon May 25, 2016

    Almost everyone knows how comics work and that this won't stick for long -- but it doesn't make it any less grating to see Spencer come across as a cheap hack that defecates on a 75 year legacy of a character created by two jewish men.

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  • 8.5
    flodid May 31, 2016

    I get that people can be shocked by the weird final twist of the issue. As for me I'm just hooked by this series as I was by "Captain America : Sam Wilson". Both feel to me like a fresh take on the Captain universe mythology so as long as Spencer is at the helm of both of them count me in!

  • 7.5
    Canadian Satanist May 25, 2016

    The Cliffhanger brought it up from a 6 to a 7.5.

  • 7.5
    Lightwalker19 Oct 4, 2016

    Behind the bold and shocking revelation (which was very well handled in this issue) is a story that opens one of the most important chapters in Steve Rogers life (in his past and his future) or it could become into a bigger catastrophe in a near future. Trusting in this run by the ccomic book writer Nick Spencer is surely, the only way to know that answer. I can understand the frustration produced by the comic and the backlash of the fans, but this was only the opening of a story and believe it or not, the revelation can feed the expectations of new readers annd turn them into new followers.

  • 7.0
    The Villain May 31, 2016

    Due to the amount of buzz this issue had around it I had the first issue of Captain America: Steve Rogers spoiled almost a week before I got a copy. I really enjoy the art. There are a few too many moments that take away from Cap. I was kind of disappointed that there was not Sam Wilson in this issue after he was on the cover too. The storyline taking place in two different time frames was really interesting though and I wasn't bothered by the big reveal because I am still pretty new to comics. I feel like this storyline could be really interesting if its done right I just hope for a slight improvement for next issue.

  • 6.0
    mrDovydas May 25, 2016

    After reading DC's Rebirth special, this was pretty bad. And I love Spencer's work.

  • 6.0
    Big Brother May 28, 2016

    Not worth the hype, or the hemming and hawing. It's a basic first issue, and really nothing special. The twist is only a big deal if you care about all the media attention around the comic. The story itself is nothing new or exciting.

  • 5.0
    RustonLF Jun 6, 2016

    There area a few people out there that think of themselves as Captain America purist who believe that Captain America should always be Steve Rodgers from here to eternity. There are others that are fine seeing Marvel move forward and follow Sam Wilson as Captain America. I would think that this book is meant to please the purist who want to see their hero return to the role. It is puzzling then that the writers would decide to add a twist that makes no logical sense when you look at the history of the character. I am sure they will try and reel him back in at the end but this seems to just create a waste of time for those that have moved on and a source of anger for those that have not. I might stick with the series just to see what Spencer has written himself into since it does leave you wondering even though the issue it self is rather dull. We are given a recap to bring us up to speed on a character that they plan to uproot everything we know anyhow. Connections to the current political state was rather interesting and that should hook you if you decide to pick it up. As for art, nostalgic characters are thrown in with no updates to make them seem less ridiculous. An older Sharon Carter runs around in a body suit in all occasions. The art is okay but not given the thought and care it deserves. This seems like something they wanted done but put very little thought into execution.

  • 3.0
    johnavenger May 29, 2016

    stupid twist that doesn't make sense, maybe they could redeem it by having Cap destroy Hydra within or maybe it was something Kobik did too Cap.

  • 1.0
    Joe May 25, 2016

    For the sake of discretion, I will say that I didn't buy this comic, I read it in store. I'll be blunt, I'm giving this comic the lowest score possible, because the twist in this book is, quite simply, the biggest pile of horseshit I have ever read in a comic. Now, I'm not stupid, I know full well that in a few months it will be reveled that Steve is playing a long con, or it involves false memories, but as of right now, Marvel is playing this as a REAL twist, Captain America, the Star-Spangled Man with the Plan, a man who has saved Countless Lives, a man who would give his life for his friends, a man who HAS given his life for friends, is evil, and has been evil all along. Every comic anyone ever reads now, for the next few Months, Captain America was evil, through every iteration of the Avengers, through all his triumphs and falls, he was evil. Think about that for a second, I implore EVERYONE to think about that. This isn't drugging a character, or hypnotizing them, or giving a Kryptonian Red Kryptonite, this is telling everyone that one of the noblest, most heroic figures in the Marvel Universe is just...evil, and was evil all along, for pure, stupid, shock value. This comic is reprehensible in every sense of the word, because of what it does to a hero, to a hero's legacy.

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