Review: Captain America Corps #1

Looks like Cap is somehow following Deadpool's lead with an alternate timeline team-up, except he's not trying way too hard to be funny.

Andy Hunsakerby Andy Hunsaker

Captain America Corps #1

Does Captain America Corps exist almost purely to cash in on the upcoming Captain America feature film?  Pretty much.  Can we have some fun with this anyway?  It certainly appears so.

Roger Stern and Philippe Briones give us some Cap overload, as some chronal shenanigans are going down that requires various versions and incarnations of Captain America from different points in the timestream must band together, team up and figure out what the heck's going on with all the Caps from other timelines who are being abducted.  Thus, we've got rookie Steve Rogers from before America even entered World War II, we've got modern-day Bucky Barnes Cap (decidedly not dead, despite what Fear Itself would have you believe, and taken from the beginnings of Baron Zemo's defamation plot in Ed Brubaker's story), and we've got the MC2 American Dream who is the niece of Sharon Carter and NOT Cap's future daughter, so's ya knowz.  There's also Kiyoshi Morales, aka Commander A of the Future United Americas who appears to be a new character who stands about a foot taller than the rest, and then there's everybody's favorite shield-wielding asshole John Walker, aka U.S. Agent. 

Thankfully, none of these people are complete idiots trying to out-joke, out-gross or out-stupid each other as the Deadpool Corps would, so we can get down to some big-time comic book business.  These people are professionals.  Even Walker's stubborn, xenophobic, sexist jerk-facery is kept to a minimum, although there sure are signs said jerk-facery is going to get them all in trouble down the line in this five issue miniseries.

So this being named Tath Ki is trying to get some help to fix the timestream from an entropy wave starting thanks to these Cap-nappings, but of course, the Watchers refuse to help.  So instead of running around to find experienced time-travelers or anyone with chronal powers, he gathers up Caps.  Sure, okay.  However, they remain a bit skeptical, so Tath drops them suddenly into a weird "altered present" Times Square where there seems to be a fascist propaganda-loving rule of law in place calling itself Americommand.  They actually have their own heroes called Broad-Stripe and Bright Star – the latter of whom looks a hell of a lot like DC's Stargirl, who of course was formerly the Star-Spangled Kid with her partner S.T.R.I.P.E.  A coinky-dink or a parody?  We'll wait and see.

Immediately upon arrival, they're assaulted by golden-mask wearing Americops who try to apprehend them all for "unauthorized masked attire," and refer to Commander A as "the big dark one," which suggests a Red Skull influence – or at least something Nazi-flavored.  Then again, given the mention of "enhanced interrogation" as standard procedure, and Bright Star seeming to parrot Sarah Palin talking points and folksy language, we might actually be in for a scathing indictment of Tea Party politics in disguise as sci-fi super-fights. 

That could be fun.  In fact, there's a pretty good chance this whole thing will be breezy ride, because the big splash page at the end is a giant evil Captain America called The Ameridroid, letting us know Stern's going full-on comic-book funky with this caper.   Ameridroid.  Apparently, this is some holdover from the MC2 universe, but the sheer tonnage of Ameriprefixes in this book make it impossible to take too seriously, and that's just fine. 

As far as the art goes, Briones is pretty decent, although at times it looks like he'll be having some trouble differentiating faces, especially if a few of them are wearing similar headgear, because at one point even Steve and the Dream have similar looking angry visages that you might not be able to tell apart if not for the long blonde locks.  It's a bit nitpicky, though, granted.

As trite as alternate realities can get these days, it's still pretty cool to have established characters from different points in time like this team up for adventures.  Hell, even Bill Clinton did it once, and we all know how much fun that turned out to be.  Captain America Corps looks like it's on course to bring us that same kind of "yay, comics!" experience.