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Captain America And The First Thirteen
Published on Friday, March 11, 2011 by

Written by: Kathryn Immonen
Penciled by: Ramon Perez
Colored by: John Rauch
Lettered by: Jared K. Fletcher
Cover Art: Greg Tocchini
Editor: Rachel Pinnelas

To help celebrate Cap’s 70th anniversary, Marvel is releasing a series of one-shot stories starring some of Cap’s supporting cast. This one features Peggy Carter, the original Agent 13. In the modern MU, Peggy’s neice, Sharon Carter, uses the name of Agent 13 and is Cap’s girlfriend. During the war, that job was Peggys. This tells one of the tales of a mission between Peggy and Cap.

Immonen does a good job with the relationship. She hits on the complications of love during wartime and for special agents. They get a moment to enjoy each other’s company, to let their feelings show, and then it’s on to more missions. It’s a story of two people dedicated to their causes, but at the same time to eachother.

I don’t think Immonen does a great job of capturing the tone of Cap, he seems too jovial. But she does good with Peggy. She captures the tone of life during war. Catching the moments of fun when you can.

The sequance with Cap breaking the spies jaw was a bit hard to follow at first. Knew Cap hit him so the Germans wouldn’t think he was a traitor, but the way it comes across wasn’t concise. And I wasn’t sure what the point of Anna was. They needed a pilot, got that, but why her and why make it so it was obvious that Cap was attracted.

Maybe if a line had been tossed out about innocent flirting and Peggy being the only woman for Cap, or something that would have helped tie it together.

Perez’s art is perfect for a WWII story. It’s got a gritty feel to it, but at the same time is clean. He can make the characters go from deadly serious to joking and make it flow naturally. He’s got a good grasp of storytelling. I’d like to see more from him.

Captain America And The First Thirteen receives
3.5 out of 5

A good little “moment in time” tale but it doesn’t shed any new light on Cap or Peggy Carter or their relationship.

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