The GeeksverseCaptain America: Hail Hydra #1

Captain America: Hail Hydra #1
Published on Sunday, January 9, 2011 by

Published by: Marvel Comics
Written by: Jonathan Maberry
Art by: Sergio Cariello
Colored by: Chris Sotomayor
Lettered by: VC’s Joe Caramagna
Asst. Editor: Rachel Pinnelas
Editors: Bill Rosemann & Tom Brennan

Again the editors kind of drop the ball and don’t give credit to the cover artist. The books need to be consistent throughout the line. If one book credits the cover artist, they all should.

This was a decent issue. Fairly cliche with the dialogue. The plot was interesting. A secret society works with the Nazis to create undead super soldiers. It turns out that the society is really Hydra.

What I don’t like is how this doesn’t really jive up with what has been revealed about Hydra in Secret Warriors. A mini-series like this should add to the mythos established in the monthly book, not contradict it or not go along with it. It creates problems when reading if you’re reading both books.

This story on it’s own is alright. There’s nothing truly special about it. It’s fairly generic. It’s also hard to see how this translates into a mini-series. There’s very little in the way of hooks to continue reading this. We’re to assume by the last 2 panels that the hook is that these undead soldiers will come back in 20-30 years and cause issues. It’s not much of a hook to be honest.

There isn’t much incentive to pick up the next issue.

Cariello’s work in this issue is typical of him. It’s not great or bad, it just is. He does spend some time on panels that are meant to show a specific reaction. Like the one when the undead soldier, shot in the head, doesn’t get up and the scientists reaction to it. Being the same panel as before just with the scientist’s reaction being different, is a nice technique in showing the change in emotion.

But for the most part the work is fairly generic.

Captain America: Hail Hydra #1 receives 3 out of 5

Generic art. Generic story. Generic dialogue. Average grade.

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