Steve who? The new Captain America is in town and with Remender and Immonen at the helm, he’s taking the mantle and running with it…
Rick Remender absolutely nails what it is to be a great Captain America comic with this issue, integrating all the right elements to make issue #2 feel like a classic Cap story even though we’ve got a new person wielding the shield. Remender has chosen the perfect story to bring Sam into the role of Captain America with, pitting him against classic Cap villains in a new, ominous branch of HYDRA that makes this story feel timeless and fresh and exciting all at once. While Sam is an experienced hero as The Falcon, he still does not have full confidence as Cap and Remender does a great job evoking that sense in the main character. There is an unpredictability that exists in this story because of it and that lack of knowing the new status quo makes this a fun read. Remender writes the villains in this one very well (his Zemo is fantastic) and he throws a couple incidents into this issue that completely shocked me. I never saw them coming and they drove home that this is an All-New Captain America and readers truly have no clue what he’s going to throw down in this series. It doesn’t get more exciting than breaking fresh ground in a universe as established as the Marvel 616.
…and then there’s the work of this Stuart Immonen fellow. Immonen is flat out fantastic in this issue, delivering fantastic action sequences and great character work. His designs for the characters are perfect, with the visual of Zemo being particularly striking, and his use of shadow in this issue is amazing. Choosing to use the “old” Zemo design gives this issue a classic feel while being completely new, and aspects like that tie this comic into the legacy of Captain America very well. There are points in this issue that are more violent than you might expect from a typical Captain America story, but Immonen frames them in such a way that the drama exists without sensationalizing the act, which we don’t see often. His use of interesting angles is present throughout the entire issue and I love how he differentiates Sam from Steve by highlighting what Sam can do compared to the old timer who came before him. His work is hyper detailed without being stiff and this is some of the best work I’ve ever seen him throw down in the Marvel Universe…and that’s saying something.
Remender and Immonen have got one hell of a great series under way with All-New Captain America. The second issue is an entertaining read that had me locked in from start to finish and the last page floored me. I need #3 as soon as I can get my hands on it – give this one a shot.
The Verdict: 9.0/10