Cap vs. Hulk, who ya got?!
The year 2025 is going to be mad bleak, folks. The world is run by the rich, the poor are stuck in an irreversible system of oppression, and the world as a whole has fallen into rubble after a nuclear war. So basically our actual future if you’ve been watching the news. Captain America won’t stand for this and in this issue, he aims to take America and give it back to the people.
So what’s it about?
Read our preview.
Why does this matter?
For you action nuts this issue also offers up a heaping pile of Hulk vs. Cap in an opening scene for the ages. Seriously, Chris Samnee is the real deal guys.
Fine, you have my attention. What’s good about it?
As mentioned above this issue opens with an exciting fight between Captain America and an unthinking, rage-filled Hulk. Samnee choreographs this scene impeccably well while the captions set up the reader for a world where the rich rule all. It’s a depressing note as Cap fights for his life and it adds another layer to the stakes in play. Another cameo pops up later in the issue and serves that character well. I won’t spoil it, but the ever loving character has been tortured in a way that makes sense.
Some of the most striking scenes focus on the villain and leader of Rampart. These scenes are cast in shadow and utilize a simple design of the leader’s throne room that’s reminiscent of Disney’s Alice in Wonderland cartoon. It’s haunting and unreal and plays well to the reveal of the leader and his ugly face. Seeing as this is the first time Cap has seen him it’ll be interesting to see if writer Mark Waid has him pop up in a future issue. Where did he come from and why does he look like this? It’s possible Cap will have to go back to our time to find out.
It’s obvious this book lists Samnee and Waid as storytellers because the art melds with the story very well. The pace is spot on, the images striking and meaningful. More often than not captions and dialogue is unnecessary. It has an airy nature that is unmistakable. Samnee does amazing things with pipes and metal in the underground lair of the throne room. The subtle touches of color by Matthew Wilson give the seedy underbelly of the leader of America a sickly and disturbing look. Throughout the book you can tell a lot of time and care goes into the imagery telling the story better than any other on the comic shelf.
I kinda feel like Hulk has the advantage here.
It can’t be perfect can it?
This is about as weird as I’ve ever seen a Captain America comic. There are dog people, tentacled rebels, and a villain who is closer to Humpty Dumpty than anything else. The core of what makes Cap great is on display, and the book is gorgeous, but it might be too much fantasy for some folks.
Is It Good?
Cap shows us no matter the odds and no matter how much the world has changed with freedom and hope at your back you have a shot to win. Every time. This is about as visually striking as storytelling can get.