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Mythos: Captain America #1

Posted: Thursday, June 26, 2008
By: Joey Davidson

Paul Jenkins
Paolo Rivera
Marvel Comics
In light of Capís death some time ago, Iíve been starving for some form of the retelling of his origins and history. I knew and still know that all of my prayers will be answered with Jeph Loeb and Tim Saleís Captain America: White, but that isnít due out until the 9th of July. This week, though, this week I was in for a treat. I scanned the shelves for something I wasnít currently reading when the art of one cover struck me.

Mythos: Captain America #1. Here we have the reimagining of Capís beginnings, plucked straight from the minds of Joe Simon and Jack Kirby and brought to another form of fruition for us to enjoy. I wonít get into it too much here, but I donít find much joy in reading old comics. Iím relatively new to the medium, so I donít have the nostalgia factor kicking in for me when I pick up comics from the '60s and '70s that could be compared to any nickel novel in sheer wordiness. Itís nice to be able to get an origin story that had nothing to do with the Ultimate Universe, and that I didnít have to read in an Essentials collection. This was just a plan, modern one-shot that provided the mythos for one of the greatest superheroes of all time.

We see Steve Rogers as a wimp child, and we see him develop into the super soldier he was until recently. We see the death of his mother and the motivation he earns necessary to fight the Nazi war machine. We even see the moment that Bucky learns of his alter-ego. Bucky and Cap team up to watch supplies line the Normandy Beaches. And we see the unfreezing of Capís corpse. One thing that did strike me as odd, considering the death of Cap, came late in the issue within the Captainís thoughts, ďI never forget. I always come back.Ē Well? Could that mean something?

Paul Jenkins does a fine job with the writing here, and there is a bunch of exposition to be handled. Consider that one signed and delivered with extreme prejudice. But the incredible shining point of this issue, and certainly what made me buy it to begin with, is the art. Paolo Rivera presents an original look and feel that can only be described as truly artistic. Captain America brings a slightly brutish look to the table, almost like Saleís Superman in Superman for All Seasons. And the vivid colors that go with the lush scenery are amazing. This was the reason I picked this book up, and for a one-shot, it makes it that much better of a read.

Overall, this is a great effort by both Jenkins and Rivera. I was pleasantly surprised by the end of the issue, and find myself wishing for more. If you are like me and canít wait for Captain America: White, give this a go. Itís a nice way to make the next two weeks come a little quicker. Oh, and this thing is seething with patriotism, so get ready for tons of that. It is Captain America, after all.



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