Ultimate Comics Captain America
Hey everybody, I hope you’re having a good night. Earlier today I posted about one of the latest Captain America Movie trailers. The new film looks awesome and I’m excited to see it, but watching the trailer today put me in a solid mood to read something Cap related. I’ve never been a huge fan of the series, but I don’t hate it either. It was always just one of those things (like sports, academics, or style) that I never got into. So, when I got to the comic shop today I didn’t know where to start and then I saw the latest graphic novel release for the Captain was the Ultimate Comics Captain America. So far the only “Ultimate” I’ve read was the Spider-man and I was very disappointed with it, but seeing the Ultimate Comics Captain America I flipped through a few pages and was very impressed with the illustrative style and darker story line and decided to pick it up.
Written by Jason Aaron and illustrated by Ron Garney, Ultimate Comics Captain America is a much darker interpretation of the First Avenger. The hard cover graphic novel contains issues 1-4 of the comic series and right from the get go the reader knows this isn’t like any other Cap story that’s come before. Ultimate opens with a captured Captain America praying to God just prior to his own execution and from there we go back to how and why he landed in such dire straights.
Just weeks before, Cap was part of a secrete S.A.S infiltration mission into North Korea to shut down a Super Soldier Program being developed. Things get way out of control when the team runs into a Vietnam War era American Super Soldier,Frank Simpson, who has gone rogue and is now selling the secrete super soldier serum to enemies of the United States. After failing to defeat Simpson, Captain America goes on a solo mission to find and subdue the former American Super Soldier.
The thing I like most about this take on Steve Rogers is the no nonsense, true 1940’s, American soldier character he becomes from the very first page. This Cap isn’t a stale do-gooder with bright morals and spiffy white smile. He’s dirty, aggressive, and kinda ugly. He’s awesome! Not that I really like violence, but it was refreshing to see Marvel update this very bland character with a strong personality and a few character flaws. An example of this is when Cap blast into the scene unloading an AK-47 on every North Korean who has the misfortune to cross his path. However, through out the story he remains doggedly loyal to his sense of allegiance and duty. Values that are fiercely tested by the disgruntled Frank Simpson. Also, there’s a faith aspect to this story that I’m not sure how I feel about. I don’t like the use, or any mention, of god’s and supreme beings, but I think the way this story dealt with the idea of having faith, or losing faith, in our nation was excellently done. Steve Rogers (Cap) is stalwart in his loyalty to our nation and clings to that loyalty even when shown the darker things our government has done in it’s past.
I enjoyed this collection enough that I’m thinking about becoming a regular buyer of Captain America’s comics. The combination of excellent character writing and illustrations by Aaron and Garney, have made one hell of an awesome graphic novel and if you haven’t read it yet, I recommend going out now and getting a copy for yourself.
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