The GeeksverseCaptain America #615.1

Captain America #615.1
Published on Wednesday, March 23, 2011 by

Written by: Ed Brubaker
Art by: Mitch Breitweiser
Colored by: Bettie Breitweiser
Lettered by: VC's Joe Caramagna
Cover Art: Daniel Acuna
Associate Editor: Lauren Sankovitch
Editor: Tom Brevoort

This is the first of the Marvel .1 initiatives that actually feels like it does what the program was meant to do. This feels like a jumping on point for new readers.

The story has a couple of surprises and it seems to end up pointing towards the return of Steve Rogers to the uniform eventually. Which is not something I want. I like Bucky as Cap and Steve as the Commander in charge of SHIELD and the Avengers. It works. It’s great. It was a natural evolution.

Going back to Steve in the uniform feels like it would be a step backwards in the development of the characters.

And that’s where this seems to be heading.

Nick Fury sets up events, including a new Captain America, to try and show Steve why he belongs in the uniform. Especially with Bucky’s current troubles.

The story is good. There’s some brief blurbs about the various people that have worn the uniform and how there is always someone to take up the mantle. And the new guy, David Rickford, drives home the point to Rogers that he retired from the uniform and what it stood for.

It’s a bit heavy handed in parts though.

As a jumping on point, it seems to work, as it sets up what will probably be the next storylines in Captain America, after Bucky’s troubles come to an end.

Breitweiser’s work is fairly solid for most of the issue. It’s the fight scenes in the middle that are a mess. It’s hard to follow the action. It’s jumbled and chaotic. There’s no flow to the action in these pages. It’s hard to see what the AIM agent gets thrown into and does he actually get mutated or is it an image?

Outside of the fight, the work is typical of Breitweisers.

Captain America #615.1 receives
3.5 out of 5

A bit heavy handed in the point, but it does work as a jumping on point for new readers.

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