It begins…the announcement that Sam Wilson would wield the shield in lieu of a de-powered Steve Rogers shook the comic news world and, while we’ve seen the new Cap in action a couple times, the Sam Wilson show is finally here full force in All-New Captain America #1.
Rick Remender is certainly up to the challenge of launching this book and fans of the interpretation of The Falcon in Captain America: The Winter Soldier will feel right at home with this issue. The humour Remender injects into this issue screams Anthony Mackie (in a good way, not a ripoff) and it really feels like Sam Wilson is an A-lister in this comic. Remender balances his relative inexperience with the shield with his veteran status as a hero so we aren’t left reading someone who is a complete fish out of water, like the new, young, Nova, but we also don’t have a character that is 100% comfortable with the role. Remender fills this issue with a fair amount of action which immediately shows how this Captain America is different than anything readers have seen before. The pace is fast without being too fast, and the book has a ton of energy. The witty banter between Cap and the new Nomad (as well as an old not-so-friendly-face) is fantastic and this very well may be the best issue of Captain America Remender has written. This character has a ton of charm and Remender has locked in on something very special with this story.
Stuart Immonen….can you fail? The answer is seemingly no because all you do in this issue from the first page to the last is kick a colossal amount of ass. As mentioned previously, this one is action heavy and Immonen delivers rock solid pencils that show what this Captain America can do. He gives Captain America a huge amount of presence on the page and highlights the new skills and range of motion of Captain America well. He injects the character with a huge amount of personality and delivers one hell of a final page that will get long time Cap fans very excited. This is a high profile book and Immonen is a rock star artist that is up to the challenge. His style adds so much to this story and any readers who are on the fence about the new Captain America can rest assured that no matter the tale, they are going to get some top flight artwork to feast their eyes on.
Remender and Immonen deliver a story that feels fresh and classic all at once with All-New Captain #1. There is a huge amount of energy present in this comic and it stands the pressure of being such a high profile debut issue for the series. Remender writes a charming and entertaining Sam Wilson that will have readers loving the character like they never have before. Stuart Immonen will hook readers in with fantastic super hero visuals that never falter, making this story come to life and giving it an immense amount of energy & optimism. This issue is a knockout and I can’t wait to read more from this all-star creative team.
The Verdict: 9.0/10