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Review: Captain America: Symbol of Truth #1

Captain America: Symbol of Truth #1

Captain America is back in two different series. Both Sam Wilson and Steve Rogers are carrying the shield and “wearing” the mantle and everything that comes with it. Kicking off this new era is Captain America: Symbol of Truth #1 which focuses in on Sam Wilson and his journey in the role.

Written by Tochi Onyebuchi, Captain America: Symbol of Truth #1 is a nice start to the series delivering lots of action and mystery but it’s the quiet moments that really stand out. Onyebhuchi kicks the issue off with a solid action sequence but quickly dials things back to show how we got to that moment. Sam and Misty Knight spend the day together flirting and talking business and out of everything in the comic, it’s this human focus that’s the most interesting. It shows both at somewhat vulnerable moments as they attempt to experience a normal life while also having abnormal jobs. It’s a small human touch to the rather superhuman rest of it.

Joined by Falcon, Sam Wilson as Cap is on a mission involving a train with super-soldier serum being smuggled and the bad guys that want that formula. It’s good action with bits that are hard to follow visually but it all sets up things to come nicely. Where the action falls apart is it doesn’t quite nail down some of the more emotional aspects and some moments that should have a bit more punch fall a little flat. It introduces almost too much and doesn’t go enough into depth with some aspects.

The art by R.B. Silva is good. It goes from action to quieter moments and back to the action nicely and the art style fits it all well. Silva is joined by Jesus Aburtov on color and lettering by Joe Caramagna. Where the art is interesting is some of it feels a little like the opening sequence to The Falcon and the Winter Soldier. The action sequence is helped by what we’ve seen on the small screen as we fill in some gaps or “see it” played out on the comic page more like we saw it played out on the tv screen. Helping or hurting is unknown but I couldn’t help shake a little déjà vu in that way.

Captain America: Symbol of Truth #1 is a good start. There’s a lot of summer popcorn aspects to it and it sets things to come nicely. Overall, there’s a lot of potential here. What remains to be seen is how this series differentiates itself from the other Captain America series that’s coming. The two should be intriguing together and here’s hoping they compliment each other for a greater experience.

Story: Tochi Onyebuchi Art: R.B. Silva
Color: Jesus Aburtov Letterer: Joe Caramagna
Story: 7.5 Art: 7.5 Overall: 7.5 Recommendation: Read

Marvel provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

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