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Captain America, Vol. 1 Hardcover – February 8, 2012

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 9 and up
  • Grade Level: 4 and up
  • Hardcover: 120 pages
  • Publisher: Marvel (February 8, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0785157085
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785157083
  • Product Dimensions: 7.2 x 0.5 x 10.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,074,134 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Ian on February 5, 2012
Format: Hardcover
If you've been reading Ed Brubaker's memorable run on Captain America, this new volume can seem a bit jarring. Gone are the stories that were heavy with espionage. This new volume seems to harken back to the Cap of the 1960's. By that, I mean the stories are a bit surreal and heavy on sci-fi action. This first volume tells the tale of Bravo, an ally of Cap's during WW2 who was trapped in a dream world and believed to be dead. He's now back with a vengeance, and looking for revenge on Cap for allowing the country to "go to hell." If that weren't strange enough, there's also a battle with a giant Cap-android. Trippy. I honestly miss the old Brubaker tales, but he seems to be going in a new direction with this new series. I have faith in Ed, because he's earned it with the phenomenal work he's been doing with the character. I guess if you want the spy stories Ed is known for, you'll have to read his new Winter Soldier series. As a lifelong fan of Steve Rogers, I would recommend this; it's just going to take some time to adjust to the change in tone. However, you're guaranteed to love the excellent artwork here from superstar artist Steve McNiven. That guy is amazing!
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As others have mentioned, this five-issue arc from the relaunched "Captain America" title represents a departure from the character's status quo of the last eight years. Writer Ed Brubaker's work on Steve Rogers has leaned heavily on the trappings of spy and conspiracy fiction, while this hardcover incorporates more outlandish, SF concepts from the stranger corners of the Marvel universe. As a fan of Jack Kirby's 1970s run on Cap, I have no problem with this new direction. As usual, Brubaker does a flawless job of integrating elements of Cap's past (in this case, the ridiculous Ameri-Droid) into a contemporary setting. His storytelling is aided by artist Steve McNiven and (especially) colorist Justin Ponsor, who provides a much brighter and colorful palate than had been featured in "Captain America" over the past several years; these lighter hues go a long way in helping the reader accept bizarre concepts like Jimmy Jupiter and his Dreamworld. Overall, however, I found this volume to be merely serviceable. Despite the addition of weird elements like Dreamworld, a good deal of this arc covers topics Brubaker (and other Cap writers) have already explored. How many times has Cap faced a revived enemy from WWII in the past few years alone? Even Bucky got to experience this trope in "The Man Without a Face". Similarly, Codename Bravo is a character type readers have seen many times before, most recently in the form of the resurrected 1950s anti-communist Cap. The end hints at the idea that Steve may be questioning his dedication to the American Dream, a story that, again, has been told time and again (Steve has given up the mantle of Cap many times - Nomad, The Captain, Man Without a Country, etc.).Read more ›
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By James Donnelly VINE VOICE on April 9, 2012
Format: Hardcover
As many who have been reading all of Brubaker's work on Captain America since the beginning, we've followed it with great interest and a feverish desire for more of his extremely intelligent, highly suspenseful and very character-driven arcs. Brubaker's Cap was decidedly darker and the plots were more labrynthine than what we've read before, but Cap was still the Sentinel of Liberty, and he never lost faith in his country. My personal favorite arc of Cap was just after his "death", when the supporting cast of Sam Wilson, Sharon Carter and Bucky Barnes took center stage.

When the decision was made to separate CAPTAIN AMERICA into two different titles when the blockbuster film came out last summer (one being this title, and the other being CAPTAIN AMERICA AND BUCKY), I was a little apprehensive. Strangely enough, I ended up being more drawn to CAP & BUCKY rather than this title because this comic, while having terrific Steve McNiven art, was a little too Grant Morrison-esque in its take on the character and the situations he found himself in.

Then I began to think about it, and started to appreciate what Brubaker was doing: He was bringing back some of the craziness of the 70's era Cap; the Cap he grew up reading. Brubaker's Cap, up to this point, was always very gritty and on the more realistic side (I know that sounds strange when you have things like The Cosmic Cube involved), and here, we revisited a Cap adventure in WWII where a young man named Jimmy Jupiter was able to transport Cap's team through his dreaming mind. Now when I first read that, I thought, "Oh, no. Brubaker's going to do to Cap what Morrison did to Batman, which made it unreadable". Too much craziness is ultimately damaging to a more realistic character (or a more PLAUSIBLE character). And while I prefer my Captain America more vital and more plausible, I can't blame Brubaker for playing with the character for a little while.

Just as long as it doesn't stay this way forever.
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By S.L. Sorensen on April 15, 2014
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This was my first time reading a Captain America comic and I have to say I thoroughly enjoyed it! So that everyone knows, I read this on my Kindle and the artwork came across very clear and crisp. If there was any need for clarity, a quick double tap on the panel made everything zoom a bit.

It's difficult for me to review this particular item because I'm unfamiliar with Superhero comics. I can say that the story kept me engrossed and I quickly moved on to the second volume. It was an easy jump from the movies to this particular storyline. I also liked the way each comic started off with a brief recap of what had happened up to that point. This was especially handy if I set it down for awhile, but I read it each time anyway.

I realize I don't have a lot to say about this particular TP, but I CAN say that I would recommend it to any Cap fan or people who are looking for a good place to start after watching the first movie.
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