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.
Justice League #12
Every once and a while, an event in a comic book will transcend the typical circles. Like the “Fantastic Four” issue where Johnny “The Human Torch” Storm “died.” People who never even stepped into a comic book shop before were asking about purchasing a copy. Another such issue comes around as Justice League issue twelve has Superman dancing tongues with Wonder Woman. Personally I don’t consider it a big deal since Frank Miller had them breaking a hole in the sky in “The Dark Knight Strikes Again” over a decade ago. I suppose it’s a bigger deal now since the relationship seems to be a part of the new continuum. With that in mind, it still doesn’t strike me as hard because a relationship between Superman and Wonder Woman always seemed like a perfect fit. Not only has Lois Lane been a complete (censored by the God of Derogatory Genital Words and Phrases) since the reboot, but there has always been that sexual incompatibility most famously brought up by the movie “Mallrats.” Lois Lane was always just the chick in distress that Superman needed to save, and I’m actually happy to see her left to the side of the road since comic books have evolved a great deal. Plus Lois is only a seven, while Wonder Woman is an easy ten.