The GeeksverseUltimate Captain America #1

Ultimate Captain America #1
Published on Wednesday, January 5, 2011 by

Published by: Marvel Comics
Written by: Jason Aaron
Art by: Ron Garney
Colored by: Jason Keith
Lettered by: VC’s Clayton Cowles
Asst. Editor: Sana Amanat
Senior Editor: Mark Paniccia
Covers: A- Ron Garney w/ Jason Keith; B- Ed McGuinness, Dexter Vines & Boo Cook

This issue opens with Captain America captured and about to be shot, a bullet to the head. He prays which causes his captor to give him 5 more minutes, promising to come back and finish the job. The captor wants Cap to realize that no one will come and save him.

Flashing back, we start the story that shows how Cap ends up there.

Ultimate Captain America is hard. He doesn’t take any grief, he does his job, he’s not nice, he’s a soldier. Jason Aaron does a great job capturing the essence of Captain America. When he’s questioned about wearing his uniform on a covert mission, he answers just as he should. I wish most of his appearances were like this, but alot of the time even the Ultimate books don’t capture the essence of Ultimate Cap well.

The story is good as well, with Captain America running into another super soldier. Where Steve Rogers was the Captain America of World War II, we meet the Captain America of the Viet Nam war and it’s a name that long term Marvel readers will recognize. If you don’t recognize the name, then the image at the end of the issue will definately jog your memory.

The Viet Nam era Captain America proceeds to kick the crap out of Steve Rogers, well ranting the whole time. What little we get of the personality of Viet Nam Cap is interesting, he seems a walking contradiction. He’s willing to give some of his blood to North Korea to make Super Soldiers, but at the same time he tells them that they can’t use the Super Soldiers. It’ll be interesting to see more of his character as the series progresses.

I’ve been a pretty big fan of Garney for awhile and his work on this series doesn’t disappoint. It looks like he’s going for a slightly different style this time around. It’s a minimalist style compared to his normal work, the lines are a bit rougher, but it’s got the same basic Garney look.

There’s a couple of larger panels that are incredible.

Garney’s fight scenes are well laid out, each action moving smoothly.

Ultimate Captain America #1 receives
5 out of 5

Aaron needs to do more Ultimate Cap.

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