Captain America #1

Writer: Ta-Nehisi Coates Artist: Leinil Francis Yu Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: July 4, 2018 Cover Price: $4.99 Critic Reviews: 28 User Reviews: 63
8.7Critic Rating
8.1User Rating

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For over 70 years, he has stood in stalwart defense of our country and its people. But in the aftermath of Hydra's takeover of the nation, Captain America is a figure of controversy, carrying a tarnished shield...and a new enemy is rising!
Who are the Power Elite? And how do they intend to co-opt and corrupt the symbol that is Captain America?
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  • 10
    Comic Book Corps - Tanveer Kalo Jul 19, 2018

    By the end of the issue, readers will feel empathic towards Steve Roger and want him to be the Captain America we all know and love. Read Full Review

  • 10
    But Why Tho? - lizzylynngarcia Jul 10, 2018

    Overall, the best stories about Captain America are about Steve Roger's humanity and relationship with the world around him and this issue is no exception. Coates understands Steve Rogers better than any recent writer of the character. This is also the perfect starting point for any non-comic book readers hoping to dive into the character. It does not require much back knowledge and is a similar representation of the character on the screen. I highly recommend this book to any comic fan and especially, Captain America fans. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Newsarama - Justin Partridge Jul 3, 2018

    Helmed by a steadily-improving writer who has no problems delving into the political ramifications of superheroes and their world and an art team who understands Cap and his dynamic movements, Captain America #1 is a triumph for one of Marvel's A-listers who was in dire need of image rehab. Cap may be unsanctioned (again), but the dream is still alive and in good hands, despite the impossible. Read Full Review

  • 10
    PopCultHQ - Joshua Winchester Jul 4, 2018

    Give a cheer, the 4th of July is here. With it, the return of one of comics' most sterling and patriotic heroes. A man who has fought the good fight since the Golden Age, and will no doubt continue to do so until the day comics fall from grace. Captain America, the first Avenger, is back in action, and up against a dangerous new threat that will test his mettle to the core. Read Full Review

  • 10
    We The Nerdy - Alden Diaz Jul 4, 2018

    This is classic Marvel, relaunch woes be damned. Pick this up if you've ever been unsure about diving into comics about Cap. Pick this up if you like the movie version but you're unsure about comics in general. This is a book where Cap is as unsure as you are, but he's gonna be with you for the ride. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Watch - Cody White Jul 7, 2018

    I wish I could keep this review open for editing for weeks. I have now read the issue four times through, and each time, I come away with new questions. The establishment of the current national discourse between the US and Russia could be a doctoral dissertation in and of itself. As it stands, though, I will leave it here and revisit next month as the picture comes clearer into frame. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    You Don't Read Comics - Christopher Holden Jul 14, 2018

    In Captain America #1 Coates builds a world eerily similar to our own and extends an invitation to join him on a journey through the eyes of Captain America, to remember what it truly means to be an American and re-discover why the American Dream is worth fighting for. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Comics Bookcase - Zack Quaintance Jul 4, 2018

    This is Ta-Nehisi Coates' best comic yet, layered and nuanced, but also well-paced and entertaining. This book plays up Captain America as a former icon while addressing his tarnished status following Secret Empire. It's so good that one issue in, this run already has must-read status. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Graphic Policy - Brett Jul 4, 2018

    Captain America is an embodiment of politics and Coates recognizes that. This is an exploration of who the character is, what he stands for, and how that fits in his fictitious, as well as our, world. This first issue is one that entertains and makes you think, something Coates excels at. An amazing debut that's an absolute must buy. Read Full Review

  • 9.3
    On Comics Ground - Owen Fogg Jul 8, 2018

    The true Cap is back and god, I am incredibly excited to see where this story goes. Gorgeous art and quality, as well as succinct writing promise to make this one hell of an enjoyable read. Any fan of Captain America would do well to pick this one up. Read Full Review

  • 9.3
    Comicsverse - Matt Attanasio Jul 5, 2018

    CAPTAIN AMERICA #1 is a great start to this new chapter for the Sentinel of Liberty. It sets up numerous compelling plot points that should be fun to see play out in the future. Read Full Review

  • 9.2
    Monkeys Fighting Robots - Brandon J. Griffin Jul 4, 2018

    This could end up being one of those Captain America runs that finds its way onto essential reading lists for the character. The tone, look, plot, and structure is exactly what it should be. Captain America's creative team seems to be up to the task. If this issue is any indication, we're in for a real great series. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Sequential Planet - Steven Martinez Jul 5, 2018

    Ta-Nehisi Coates writes a modern and relevant Captain America story that doesn't shy away from recent history, with detailed and expressive art by Leinil Francis Yu that matches the tone and feel exceptionally well. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Multiversity Comics - Reed Hinckley-Barnes Jul 6, 2018

    "Captain America" #1 explores the character's "Secret Empire" status quo to great effect, asking important questions about who Steve Rogers is and what he stands for. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    SciFiPulse - Patrick Hayes Jul 6, 2018

    The last time I read Captain America, which was also a first issue, Sam Wilson was the title character. Captain America realizes the country has lost its way, while trouble is growing in Russia. The story hits all the right Cap moments: Hydra agents, fighting baddies, Sharon Carter, and the government not trusting him. The art is very realistic, though I'm hoping things become more fanciful with the characters and the colors. A solid first issue that will have me returning for more. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    We Got This Covered - Tom Bacon Jul 4, 2018

    Captain America #1 is a welcome first step along the journey, and it'll be exciting to see what comes next. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    The Super Powered Fancast - Deron Generally Jul 4, 2018

    There are a lot of elements involved in this issue and it handles them well. A lot of great moments that showcase Steve Rogers as a hero and even some interesting interpersonal conflict create a really good first issue that doesn't lose sight of the action. Read Full Review

  • 8.8
    Graphic Policy - Logan Dalton Jul 5, 2018

    Captain America#1 is thrilling, thought provoking stuff and hasn't been this meaty and compelling since Ed Brubaker's run on the title. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Word Of The Nerd - Ryan Perry Jul 6, 2018

    There are innumerable reasons why readers should pick this book up. It succeeds valiantly in spite of its context and the occasional failings of its creators. Even if this wasn't the purely best book I read this week, it will stick in my thoughts the longest. Read Full Review

  • 8.2
    Black Nerd Problems - Keith Reid-Cleveland Jul 5, 2018

    This first issue is promising and I expect the same for the rest of this series as it goes on. With another title on his plate, hopefully Coates can keep them both going at the high levels we've come to expect. Read Full Review

  • 8.0 - Chase Magnett Jul 4, 2018

    It tactfully addresses the greatest anxieties of the United States today and blends them into the zeitgeist of Marvel Comics. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comicosity - Michael Hale Jul 4, 2018

    All in all, Captain America #1 might be off to an edited/pared-down first issue, but that doesnt mean that the whole series wont be excellent in TPB format or that what is here isnt good. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills Jul 7, 2018

    The new Captain America looks to get really political and I'm excited, because Coates does a solid job setting up the unease and the danger of this new adventure. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Beat - Joe Grunenwald Jul 4, 2018

    This issue is certainly a lot of setup for what's coming, but I can't bring myself to be upset about it when Coates nails Steve so perfectly. Coates using Nuke right off the bat feels very much like a statement of intent as well. And the whole thing is drawn beautifully by Leinil Yu. Read Full Review

  • 7.3
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Jul 4, 2018

    Marvel's latest Captain America relaunch shows plenty of promise, but the series has some growing to do. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    AIPT - Eric Cline Jul 2, 2018

    Neither offensively bad nor good enough to generate excitement for the next installment, this issue starts the series off on a mediocre note. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Razorfine - Alan Rapp Jul 10, 2018

    Other than Cap and Bucky taking down some throwaway villains and the tease of a new threat, there's not much here. What we do know is that America appears to be in bad shape and that Cap's good name isn't doing much better. As to how both of these will get rectified (and just how large a role both Agent 13 and Bucky will have in the comic going forward), there's still quite a few questions left unanswered. For fans. Read Full Review

  • 5.5
    Comic Book Revolution - Rokk Jul 10, 2018

    This title is too pedestrian and fades into the background among the crowded shelves of mainstream super hero titles. Factor in the $5.00 cover price and Captain America #1 becomes an easy comic to skip on purchasing. This issue simply does not deliver enough to warrant such a hefty price of admission. Read Full Review

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