The GeeksverseCaptain America: Man Out of Time #1

Captain America: Man Out of Time #1
Published on Saturday, November 6, 2010 by

Published by: Marvel Comics
Written by: Mark Waid
Penciled by: Jorge Molina
Inked by: Karl Kesel
Colored by: Frank D’Armata
Lettered by: VC’s Joe Sabino
Associate Editor: Laruen Sankovitch
Editor: Tom Brevoort
Cover: A- Bryan Hitch w/ Paul Neary & Paul Mounts; B- Art Adams & Frank D’Armata

I know alot of fans are against retconning, but I believe that every once in awhile (not as often as DC seems to do it) that the long standing properties need to get the origins need to get retold to bring them more up to date and help keep the books timeless. Thats not to say that the origins have to get rewritten, no, just means that they need to be moved up the timeline to move the title up the timeline.

And that’s what this new mini-series aims to do. It basically tells Caps reawakening as if it was more modern day then the 60s when he was first awakened in Avengers #4. It also tells it from Caps point of view, awakening in a world he doesn’t know and that is so vastly different from the one he left.

This issue is the set-up, so it doesn’t show much of how Cap deals with the new world, just his first intial reaction and his first interaction with the more dark people of today. In Cap’s time, rescueing a damsel in distress didn’t involve her running off with the drugs after shooting the rescuer.

There’s a great scene that works very well. The same image of Cap from the 40s and then awakening and seeing the Avengers.

Having it told from Cap’s point of view is good as well. We get to see his initial reactions and thoughts on the Avengers. Because of Cap’s adventures in the 40s with the super heroes of that time, he’s not as surprised by the Avengers and their costumes as would think. The world at large though, that does surprise him.

Waid does a good job of writing Cap as would be expected when he’s confronted with the strangeness of the Avengers. His training kicks in and he starts to take it all in as if preparing an intelligence brief. The part of the story taking place in the war is well done as well, really get a feel for Cap and Bucky. And you feel bad for Cap that all he wants to do after the war is sleep.

The end seems kind of off. Cap is told to wait in the sub well the Avengers prepare the crowds, but when he walks out of the sub there are no Avengers, no crowds and he starts walking through the streets. That part isn’t done well at all. The very end though is excellant, as well as the beginning and middle, being Cap’s time in War just before the accident that “killed” Bucky and drove Cap into the ice, and when he’s first awakened by the Avengers.

Molina’s art has come a long way since I last saw his work. Or maybe it’s just the veteran Kesel’s inks. Either way the book looks very good. The figures are well done, very detailed, and flow naturally. The layouts, except the page where Cap first walks the streets, are excellant. They flow smoothly with the story.

The one page where Cap first encounters the new world is a bit off. Cap’s expression works great, the individual panels themselves are nicely done, it’s just that the flow is off.

Captain America: Man Out of Time #1 receives
4 out of 5

Would have been a perfect score except for the little hiccup near the end.

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