Here is the latest in our year-long look at one cool comic (whether it be a self-contained work, an ongoing comic or a run on a long-running title that featured multiple creative teams on it over the years) a day (in no particular order whatsoever)! Here's the archive of the moments posted so far!
Today we take a look at Captain America #444, the first issue of Mark Waid and Ron Garney's first run on Captain America.
At the time that Mark Waid and Ron Garney took over Captain America, Cap was missing and presumed dead after Cap's own Super Soldier Serum began to kill him.
So in their first issue, Captain America wasn't even IN THE COMIC!
And that's a major problem seeing as how there is a group of terrorists who had taken hostages and made only one demand - they wanted Captain America!
There is a snide government official working with the Avengers on figuring out how to stop the bad guys, and meanwhile, he got lessons from the various Avengers in how cool Captain America was (the official was fairly dismissive towards Cap, figuring “what’s the big deal?”). I particularly love the job Ron Garney does on this panel, with the Avengers all mad at him for not seeing what the big deal about Cap is…
He is lame enough that he even thinks he can send a FAKE Cap in - the bad guys are not impressed - the official did not even get the stripes right on the shield!!!
All hope seems lost, until the Avengers (inspired by Cap’s memory, of course) take the fight to the bad guys, and are doing well - until a mistake lands Quicksilver in deep trouble. However, out of nowhere….
Pretty darn cool.
Even the little “after-moment” bit is neat…
Isn't that a clever first issue for Waid and Garney? And that just sets up the REAL return of Captain America, which happened the next issue!
I'll feature that story, as well, some time in the future!
NOTE: I featured these moments for the Year of Cool Comic Book Moments.