Captain America: Who Will Wield the Shield? #1

Captain America: Who Will Wield the Shield? #1

Writer: Ed Brubaker Artist: Butch Guice, Luke Ross Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: December 23, 2009 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 10
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Steve Rogers has returned, but Bucky Barnes is the current Captain America, and has come into his own in the role. Will there be two Captain Americas? Will Bucky go back to being the Winter Soldier?

  • 10
    Comic Book Resources - James Hunt Dec 22, 2009

    If there's anything we can take away from this one-shot, it's that all the "event" comics in the world aren't a substitute for a good story. This issue knows what it wants to say about Captain America, and it does it with flair and brilliantly refined craft. A new chapter for the character and, perhaps, the start of the best one yet. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comix 411 - David Torres Dec 24, 2009

    This was a great book. What more can you say about Ed Brubaker and what he's done with Captain America. The artwork by Butch Guice and Luke Ross is top notch. Check out the work they did during the scene where Steve takes out Mr. Hyde. Fantastic! Highly recommend this book for Cap fans and anyone else. Pick it up! Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Tony Rakittke Dec 24, 2009

    I've done a lot of complaining this year about the rising costs of comic and their perceived plummeting entertainment value. What I've never told you though is that, through all of my ranting and railing, Captain America has continued to be the one $3.99 comic I keep on my pull list because of its consistently high quality art and captivating, dynamic stories. For those of you who, like me, have been following Brubaker's run on the title from the beginning, you will be well-rewarded here with a comic that resolves long-standing plot threads and sets the stage for a whole new era in the world of Marvel's greatest hero. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comics Bulletin - Paul Brian McCoy Dec 22, 2009

    This is the best issue of Captain America since issue #49 back in April. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck Dec 26, 2009

    Ed Brubaker continues his strong run at the helm of this storyline, and I'm really looking forward to seeing where it goes from here. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Bin - Herv St-Louis Dec 31, 2009

    This issue could have been published within the regular Captain America run. It is created by the same regular team that has work on the regular series and the Captain American Reborn series. The one thing I do miss is the fully dimensional colouring of the regular Captain America comic book series that gave a realist bent to the earlier issues in this run. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Major Spoilers - Matthew Peterson Jan 3, 2010

    Oooh, that's ominous. Kinda makes you wonder about what that thing could be, doesn't it? I don't suppose it would have anything to do with a former gobliny guy rapidly going right around the bend, would it? Either way, I'm happy that Marvel gave me a swerve in this issue. I expected (as I'm sure many of you did) a Steve Rogers' Greatest Hits compilation, ending with him returning to the Avengers in glory, and they managed to give me something intriguing instead. The art shifts throughout the issue, mimicking classic Captain America art teams as we go. The Colan pastiche in particular was incredibly good, making me wonder if Gene didn't actually participate in the art himself. As interstitial stories go, this is a good one, giving both Captain America IX and Captain America I their due, and even deepening their friendship, nice work by writer Ed Brubaker here. They also make the point that Cap and Bucky worked together for only FIVE YEARS during the war before going their separate froze Read Full Review

  • 7.9
    IGN - Dan Phillips Dec 23, 2009

    Sadly, the reality of the situation is that the biggest development in both the story of Steve Rogers' return and the state of the Captain America franchise moving forward occurs in a comic that has yet to be published, and is apologetically revealed in the issue's opening recap and a late-issue monologue by Rogers. That's tough to swallow no matter how exciting the development might be and no matter how well Brubaker navigates these unfortunate circumstances. I'm just glad Steve's back and free to walk around the Marvel Universe without spoiling any more stories, and hope his future adventures can someday make us forget how sloppily he was brought back into the fold. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Eye On Comics - Don MacPherson Feb 2, 2010

    I loved the artwork on the opening flashback scene, as artist Butch Guice adopts a throwback style that puts one in mind of the styles of such classic Marvel artists Jack Kirby, Sal Buscema and Ron Frenz. When the plot shifts back to the present, the darker, grittier, foreboding atmosphere thats been part and parcel of Caps adventures since his series was relaunched a few years ago comes back into play, and thats appropriate. I like that theres a consistency in the visual storytelling for the title character. Of course, I also enjoyed the more traditional look that creeps back into the mix during the New Cap/Mr. Hyde fight scene. Im at a loss as to why this couldnt have been presented as a regular issue of Cap, or why Marvel had to charge its readers four bucks for only 25 pages of story and art. Read Full Review

  • 2.0
    The Weekly Crisis - Ryan Schrodt Dec 30, 2009

    This issue is a strong contender for least successful issue of the year. Not only does it do a poor job of capping off Steve Rogers's return thanks to very strange characterization, but it also leaves me less excited about Siege than I was beforedespite the fact that the purpose of the issue is clearly to take care of these two items. It doesn't help that this is perhaps the weakest issue from Brubaker in any book this year and, quite frankly, the worst issue I've ever seen from the usually awesome Butch Guice. Read Full Review

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