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Just hitting shelves now after being marketed as Astonishing Captain America almost four years ago, Andy Diggle and Adi Granov’s Captain America: Living Legend #1 shows its age when it becomes ridiculously clear that it was meant to exist in a pre-2012 Marvel universe. But is it good?


Captain America: Living Legend #1 (Marvel Comics)


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Captain America: Living Legend #1 features a World War II sequence complete with Russian support, a tedious sequence spent staring at a S.H.I.E.L.D. holo-screen thingy, and a mysterious foe that’s come to bite the good Captain in his ass more than half a decade later. Sound familiar? Diggle’s story is predictable and vehemently Brubaker-esque in its tone and execution. After following Steve Rogers through Rick Remender’s crazy, 12-year romp in Dimension Z, reading such a bleak Captain America story is considerably jarring. Plus, it actually shines a spotlight on exactly why Remender decided to go for a more weird, less dark first arc.

And let’s not forget the logistical inaccuracies. Isn’t Sharon Carter dead? I know ‘continuity be damned’ and all that, but Sharon’s death was a big emotional hit and now it’s rendered less meaningful. This is an example of when wanton regard for the happenings in other titles can actually detract from both stories.

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Adi Granov’s artwork is stellar with each panel looking like a hand painted canvas. Granov reaches some incredible depth with facial expressions and overall use of color and shading to convey a sense of coming dread.

6.0

  • Fantastic artwork by Adi Granov
  • Hearkens to a pre-Remender era of the Captain that many people immensely enjoyed.
  • Because it feels like a pre-‘Marvel NOW!’ Captain America story, it doesn’t sit as well with the current goings on.
  • Sharon Carter is alive with no explanation given.

Is it Good?

This is a decent Captain America story. Though there are some glaring flaws, those who enjoyed Brubaker’s take on the Sentinel of Liberty will love Diggle’s return to form with a tale that’s more spy thriller than dimension-hopping craziness.