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Captain Action: First Mission, Last Day

Posted: Monday, July 21, 2008
By: Karyn Pinter

Fabian Nicieza
Ruben Procopio
Moonstone Books
Captain Action is pure nostalgia, a throw back to the golden age where primary colored spandex, busty secretaries, generically named bad guys, and aliens ruled the pulp comic pages. This Captain Action takes place in the '60s when an alien form known as The Red Crawl has taken over earth by infecting the human race. The only things is, most humans don't know about it except for a select group -- The Advanced Command for Telluric Interdiction Observation and Nullification Directorate -- who have sent the Captain out to save the day.

There was an issue #0 that was released at the New York Comic Con, which I haven't read yet, but from what I've heard it's Captain Action in the future, not in the '60s.

First off, let's have a little history lesson, for those unfamiliar with who Captain Action is. Captain Action was originally an action figure released in the '60s, and several costumes were sold for him in the likeness of big name superheroes and comic characters of the time. The Cap was a master of disguise and a super spy. He had a nemesis named -- wait for it -- Dr. Evil, and a sidekick named Action Boy.

Moonstone is bringing back Captain Action and they've got Fabian Nicieza to help, a good choice. Fabian is best known for his work for Marvel, and of course, creating Deadpool. This issue is a novella; it's a short story written like a novel but with full page illustrations by Ruben Procopio. Fabian's writing feels comfortable, like he's been writing this character for years, and his descriptions are written well enough that you don't miss the panel spread of a comic book. It was nice to use the imagination again. On the whole, the story had a nice kitschy spy novel sense about it without being cheesy. Like watching Sean Connery as James Bond: a bit ridiculous and over the top, but it exudes charm.

The art is just plain good. Ruben Procopio's work is half the book; there are words, and there is art, and it's a beautiful marriage. Procopio has done work for many companies, including doing animation and character sculptures for Disney. After working for Disney, everything else may seem like small potatoes, but Procopio's art work for Captain Action is rave worthy. Again it has that much loved kitsch style, bold colors, and heavy inks straight out of a dime pulp comic.

Definitely read this one. It's for the old fans and the new ones.



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