Captain America White
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
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