Ed Brubaker and Steve Epting had an absolutely fantastic run on a (yet again) relaunched Captain America title, and the quality shows right from the start. Between the Red Skull being at large and the Avengers having recently disbanded, Cap is on edge and feeling guilty about all the soldiers he couldn’t save. And the Skull is indeed up to something.
But what really sells this first issue is the great twist at the end, which hints at a character who will play a major role throughout the series.
Brubaker’s writing is in top form, and Epting’s grounded art style is a perfect fit for the world of soldiers and spies. They make a terrific team and a thrilling Captain America.
Issue #1 kicks off the “Winter Soldier” arc, a title moviegoers will recognize. Though they share similarities, the comics and movie tell different stories. Both are well worth your time.
Writer: Ed Brubaker
Artist: Steve Epting
Publisher: Marvel Comics
How to Read It: back issues; Marvel Unlimited; Comixology; included in Captain America: Winter Soldier (TPB)
Appropriate For: ages 14 and up