The GeeksverseCaptain America: The First Avenger: First Vengeance

Captain America: The First Avenger: First Vengeance
Published on Friday, May 6, 2011 by

Written by: Fred Van Lente
Art by: Luke Ross (Chapter 1) Neil Edwards w/ Crimelab Studios & Daniel Green (Chapter 2)
Colored by: Richard Isanove (Chapter 1) Sotocolor (Chapter 2)
Lettered by: VC's Clayton Cowles
Assistant Editor: Charlie Beckerman
Editor: Ralph Macchio

This takes place in the movie continuity and I believe was available first as a digital comic (don’t hold me to that, I’m really not sure).

Van Lente tells a really strong story. There are a couple of scenes that are very cinematic in feel. It starts to lose it by the end of the story, but the first half is really well done.

The main story, Cap attacking a Hydra installation in 1944, is interspaced with scenes of Steve Rogers growing up. We see where his drive to be a soldier came from, we see how he overcomes his frail body whenever he can, we see how he meets Bucky Barnes and we see how he is failed out when he tries to become a soldier.

It’s all well laid out and paced, moving smoothly from current time to flash back. Luke Ross does the current scenes, and it’s some of his best work yet, and Neil Edwards does the flashbacks.

Van Lente takes captions from the flashbacks and uses those in the present to switch back and forth, actions reflecting eachother. The process starts to fall apart at the end of the book, but for the first half it works extremely well.

And the scenes as drawn by Ross are phenomenal. They are truly cinematic. There are two that really stand out; Cap landing on the cannon, taking the parachute off and sliding down the barrel and when the plane crashes near Cap. You can see the action flowing as you follow it with your eyes.

Some of the best sequances I’ve seen in a comic in a long time.

Captain America: The First Avenger: First Vengeance receives
4.5 out of 5

It loses it near the end but the incredible beginning makes up for it.

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