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Review: Captain America #0

Captain America #0

A new era for Captain America is coming! Soon, two series will launch, one featuring Steve Rogers and the other Sam Wilson. Each have the mantle of Captain America and how each series will differ should be interesting. Captain America #0 kicks things off with the duo taking on Armin Zola in a rather odd plot to turn everyone into dinosaurs using a rocket and the sun… yeah…

Written by Tochi Onyebuchi, Jackson Lanzing, and Collin Kelly (the trio will be handling the new series when they launch), the comic has a pop sense about it. The plot by Zola is so over the top. The rants and raves so silly, the story feels like a bit of a throwback to old serials. And with that there’s something really fun about it all. This feels like an adventure that would play in black and white before the longer film. There’s something rather classic about it’s story and presentation.

The only real gripe about the comic is Zola himself. His plan sounds like something Sauron might do, not a character that was a Nazi. While the “evolution” aspect makes a lot of sense, the turning people into dinosaurs is just… odd. Still, there’s some great lines from Zola about how he went through his plot and got away with it. It’s a villain whose goal and steps to get there that you’re not supposed to take seriously in a story that’s a fun one-shot adventure.

The art by Mattia De Iulis is fantastic. With lettering by Joe Caramagna, the style reminds me of Alex Ross at times with some great dynamic panels and pages that capture the excitement. This is a comic to read a physical copy of to soak in everything going on and to appreciate the page layouts. Iulis capture the battle, showing the struggle in Sam and Steve’s faces as they attempt to win the day. It feels like they’re exerting energy to pull off what they want to, but like those old pop serials, you know they’ll succeed as well. Caramagna’s lettering is great adding so much personality to Zola as he rants and raves to our heroes.

Captain America #0 is a fun one-shot that sets up whatever is to come. Yes, there’s teases of each series spinning out of it but the comic itself doesn’t feel like a pitch whose goal is to only set them up. It’s a single issue you can pick up and just enjoy with an over the top story and fantastic art.

Story: Tochi Onyebuchi, Jackson Lanzing, Collin Kelly Art: Mattia De Iulis Letterer: Joe Caramagna
Story: 8.5 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: Buy

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