The New Number One

1 Dec

Captain America #1

Captain America #1

Rick Remender’s take on Cap is Captain America on crack.  But don’t worry, Steve hasn’t started taking drugs.  This volume of Cap is just more extreme and bizarre than Ed Brubaker’s deeply personal insight into Rogers.  Remender understands the character so the comic still feels like Cap, but this story isn’t the usual fare of protecting America from escaped Nazis.  It’s much more intense and far less subtle than Brubaker’s most violent issue.  I did find the extreme nature of it to be refreshing, but it might be jarring for long time Cap fans.  If you are not a long time Cap fan, now would be the perfect time to jump onboard.  You do need some rudimentary knowledge of Captain America’s world, but nothing you can’t find on Wikipedia.  Remender has taken Cap in a bold direction without sacrificing anything about the character in order to do it.  Something the writers for “Deadpool” should have done a couple weeks back.  John Romita’s art is also very well done and is perfect for Remender’s action focused style.  The story’s flow is fast, the writing is strong, and the art feels like Steve Rogers meets Kick-Ass.  Long time readers need to approach this book like it’s a new day, because it is.

Mom's Basement Comic Article about Captain America and Indestructible Hulk by Bruce Osborne

Indestructible Hulk #1

Indestructible Hulk #1

I know I should be whipped in town square for this, but I haven’t read very much of Mark Waid’s work.  I haven’t followed “Daredevil” since “Shadowland” even though everyone under the sun has been nerd gushing over it.  I caught a sample of his work when he did a Spider-man/Daredevil crossover, and I was quite pleased with what I read.  With Hulk being one of my favorite characters, I wasn’t going to miss out on this new re-launch.  Even with moderate expectations, I’m happy to say I’m not the least bit disappointed.  Not only does “Indestructible Hulk” have great writing and art, but it takes Hulk in a new direction rather than recycling the same ideas.  This particular issue is very much an introduction of this new direction rather than the true beginning of a story arc.  Even though this issue was pretty impressive, we don’t get to see it truly open up and it ends up feeling like a preview of things to come.  And the fact that something this good is only a taste, sends a nice little nerd tingle down my spine.  The art is very impressive, the writing is smart and clever, and it’s so good right out of the gate.  The only thing I don’t like about it is that it makes me feel guilty about missing Mark Waid’s earlier works.  Now I have to look online for back issues of “Daredevil.”

Mom's Basement Comic Article about Captain America and Indestructible Hulk by Bruce Osborne

Also, in a shameless plug to myself, check out Bruce Osborne on Facebook. I post/link all my stuff there, including chapters on a book I’m working on. Feel free to hit the ‘Like’ button as if you’re an addict.

I also write publish works of fiction on my Bruce Osborne Blog. Feel free to read, follow, or even hate my stuff. I don’t care if people like it, only that they read it.

There are too many movies for me to review in full, so I created a twitter account to give brief opinions on the many movies I view. If you wish to read my smart ass remarks, follow M.O.V.I.E. Reviewer @MutantOpossum.

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