The New Marvel: 'Captain America'

Captain America 1 Marvel NOWThe New Marvel is a series that looks at the changes that the mega-comic empire made following the events of Avengers vs. X-Men and the impact that those changes have on the stories of Marvel NOW!  Six issues (or more) into each Marvel NOW! title, we see what our favorite characters are up to and what to keep an eye out for in the future.


A war hero from a different generation reemerged in our time to help take on the world’s worst villains and to help lead the Avengers into battle. He idolizes a simpler time, where evil in the world was easier to identify and deal with, but his past has caught up with him in this brave, new world. He’s a superhero, an army officer, and the former commander of S.H.I.E.L.D.; he is Steve Rogers, better known as Captain America!

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Covering Issues #1-6

I’ve never been much of a Captain America fan, and while I do enjoy this relaunced series (so far), I still don’t consider myself much of one. While some superheroes may have changed how they are portrayed over the years—Batman, Iron Man, to name a couple—Cap just seems to be doing the same thing as he always does: rushing into battle to save the day, trying to protect the innocent without always getting the full background before doing so. The start of this series is a vast testament to that; he rushes in, gets caught in a plot developed by one of his strongest enemies, and now he’s got to find a way to win against impossible odds.

This title has some very dark tones to it, showing a lot of destruction and a grim, Darwinian outlook on life, but it also has a great emotional connection that hooks it for me. Cap shows so much emotion in his actions, operating off of his core philosophy of protecting the innocent, which just keeps me coming back for more. I especially enjoy how he takes a nearly unwinnable situation and changes it around to not only work in his favor, but to show his human, vulnerable side in surprising depths. Without getting into exact details, I would highly recommend this to anyone who believes that good, ol’ Steve should get a personal life; it’s not the best type of personal life to get, but, well, it suits him.

Going forward, I would very much like to figure out how Cap gets out of this situation, as well as how exactly this is all taking place during the same time as other titles. The one thing I have always had issues with is how exactly comic characters can be in more than one place at the same time. So, come on, Marvel, explain it to me. I’m dying to figure out how you pull this one off.

 

 

 

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