Captain America: Man Out of Time #1

Captain America-mania is running wild! Photos of Chris Evans have been all over the internet lately, the upcoming movie is starting to get some press, so it is only fitting that Marvel give Cap the same treatment it recently accorded Thor: throw a whole mess of one-shots and miniseries out there and fans will buy them all up. Heck, throw some good ones out there too!

This series is going to tell of the adventures of Captain America shortly after the Avengers found him and revived him, only this time there's cell phones, street toughs with hand guns, and road rage. Waid is updating the story, but he does so in a reverent manner, choosing to add moments between the ones we already know. This issue is largely devoted to a tale of Bucky Barnes and Steve Rogers as they bounce from one deployment to the next. That next deployment, however, is the one that changes both young men forever. Somehow, though, Waid and/or his editor let slip a misspelling on Deutschland that struck me as a sloppy moment that could have (by search engine or even quick question to the person sitting nearest you) been avoided. Still, the story itself is compelling enough to zip past that moment which many fans most likely won't even catch.

Molina's art, by and large, is serviceable. I say serviceable largely due to the fact that the faces he draws in this issue - for the same characters - range from a bulkier, squarish shape (not unlike Olivier Coipel) to elongated and defined by emotion (akin to early "Hawk & Dove" era Rob Liefeld). The faces are really the only drawback that I can cite, as Molina jams a sensational amount of detail onto his pages. His military vehicles are well-referenced and believable, and his characters' body language is emotionally charged and ready for action.

This book ends with a "Well, I certainly didn't see that coming!" moment as only Mark Waid can deliver it. As far as the various and sundry Captain America titles that have been (and are being or about to be) released lately, this one strikes me as one of the most enjoyable. It is, as the title states, as story of a man out of time. Even when he is back in the 1940s, Cap is tired and worn down, wishing for sleep. Waid has the ability to use that wish as foreshadowing for the part of the story we all know by heart, but when Cap arrives in modern times, the shock to his system is greater than we've previously imagined. This is a Cap tale for the ages, and one that I'll certainly come back to as the countdown nears for the big screen version of Steve Rogers.

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