Captain America fights for the American Dream no matter how stupid you think fighting for a metaphysical concept is! If you don’t like that, you can go and click on something else right now.
Still, in this issue, we see that some of the things Steven Rogers fights for aren’t ethereal.
The comic opens in the Lower East Side in 1926. Sara Rogers is standing up to her drunken, wife beating husband while her son Steven is cowering under a table. When Joseph Rogers leaves, Steven asks his bleeding mother why she didn’t stay down. Captain America’s mom tells her son that you always stand up.
We always knew Steve Rogers’ mom raised him right, but man...
Oh, and also, Captain America is an Irish emigrant.
Rick Remender’s story is a departure for ED Brubaker’s previous run centered on espionage. Here, the Sentinel of Liberty is transported by Arnim Zola, a Nazi geneticist who put his mind in a giant robot body, to a world of his own creation populated by all matters of genetic abominations. It doesn’t stop Cap from kick several kinds of tush.
At first I wondered why Klaus Janson had been added to the Kick-Ass team of John Romita Jr. and Dean White. These two work together very well and don’t seem to need an old-school heavy ink kinda guy like Janson. Then I looked at the action scenes a bit closer and at the cover too. See, Kick-Ass relies a lot on brutality, and a bit of gore to be honest. Captain America can’t do that, so it needs the special touch from a guy who worked on great Frank Miller Daredevil comics to bring the visceral feel every Captain America needs. Somewhere in these pages you can hear: ‘’We love you, Jack Kirby’’.
Don’t buy this comic for America. Buy it because otherwise you won’t know what you’re missing.