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Re­viewed: Is­sue 1 Writer: Jeph Loeb Artist: Tim Sale Pub­lisher: Marvel For­mat: 5-part se­ries

This is the lat­est in Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale’s colour­themed reimag­in­ings of the early days of Marvel’s greats, af­ter Dare­devil: Yel­low, Spi­der-Man: Blue and Hulk: Gray.

As be­fore, the duo use scenes and di­a­logue from the orig­i­nal comics and fill gaps in fa­mil­iar sto­ry­lines to tell broader, more nu­anced tales than the creators back then were able or in­clined to. It’s like a cover ver­sion of a clas­sic song with added trills, frills and or­ches­tra­tion.

The first is­sue re­caps Cap’s awak­en­ing from sus­pended an­i­ma­tion and first clash with the Avengers, fol­lows with a poignant in­ter­lude fea­tur­ing Nick Fury, then flashes back to WWII with Cap, Bucky, Fury and the Howlers on a dan­ger­ous mis­sion in the Mediter­ranean.

Mi­nor nig­gles: Loeb’s ten­dency to stretch the flow of cap­tions across far too many pan­els with long gaps in be­tween, and Sale’s oc­ca­sion­ally too loose draw­ing, par­tic­u­larly anatomy. Over­all, though, this team mesh so well, you know they’ll al­ways de­liver a classy prod­uct. James Love­grove

Face it, there are worse things you could in­ter­rupt.

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