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Captain America: Man Out of Time #1: Review

Nov 2010
Mark Waid, Jorge Molina

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Part 1

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4 stars

Captain America: Man Out of Time #1 Review by (May 30, 2011)
Review: Sure, Captain America’s origin has been retold quite a few times but this is different: a miniseries focusing on the period after Cap was thawed out of the ice and trying to find his bearings in a totally unfamiliar world. Stan Lee concentrated on the adventure part of the tale in AVENGERS #4 but a little more perspective was needed for Mark Waid to show the deeper trauma involved. The world of 1965 was not substantially different from the 1940s; it took an extra four decades to set his psychological disorientation into high relief. The new century has more technological advances but a more chaotic social situation with overwhelming cynicism and crime. Conversely, what most surprises Cap is the advances in race relations made since his day. America is presented as a nation in moral and ethical decay but still a place of hope. And Captain America, who wondered what his place would be in the future, finds it where he always has: fighting for what’s right, on a team of like-minded compatriots. Oh yeah…Waid’s writing is excellent, even though the climax is a bit low-key while the art is very good, there are a few goofy expressions here and there.

Comments: The story recapitulates and modernizes the action of the classic AVENGERS #4. The pulp magazine read by the GI is MARVEL SCIENCE STORIES, which ran for five issues in 1938-9. Bucky sure looks dead in this version.

Captain America: Man Out of Time #1 Review by (October 9, 2011)
Peter, I think Thor is the 'Circus Strongman', and Cap just calls Giant-Man the 'Giant'.

Steve is drawing pictures of a woman while the others watch the newsreel. She is the female in the French Resistance he fell in love with. See my comments on Captain America and the First Thirteen for a summary of her life. Bucky knows her name is Peggy (Carter). This contradicts previous stories, and First Thirteen which was published at the end of this series, where Cap only knows Peggy by a codename (and hence doesn't spot the common surname when he meets Sharon Carter). But #4 and #5 will continue with this contradiction, as will Captain America v7 #1 which features Peggy's funeral. Steve's artistic talent as a youth was first mentioned in CA#225. This was later revealed to be among a set of implanted false memories. But this particular memory was claimed to be real in #247 and #255, after modern Steve took a job as an illustrator in #235. I think General Simon is an invention for this series. The odd statues of the Avengers are of course Avengers turned to stone by an alien in Avengers #4. There is a continuity problem here in that Wasp is wearing a pointed cowl that she abandoned between Tales to Astonish #50 and #51, before Av#3. Moreover she continues to sport this look throughout the MOOT series, taking us to Av#8, whereas in the original issues she went through several more costume changes.


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Captain America: Man Out of Time #1 Synopsis by Peter Silvestro

Germany, April 1945: a band of American GIs in a barracks are thrilling to a newsreel of Captain America in action, brought by a new man, James Barnes. Though Barnes favors Cap’s sidekick Bucky, the entire squad is impressed with Cap’s heroism—except for one man, Private Steve Rogers, Barnes’ buddy. When Rogers downplays Cap’s heroism, it almost starts a fight until Barnes jumps in to calm tempers. A sergeant comes in with orders from General Simon for Rogers and Barnes to head to London. As they leave, the GIs have a strange thought about the two….

In flight, Steve and Bucky speculate on what they would like to do after the War; Bucky is full of plans, all conflicting, but Steve doesn’t know. After all, what purpose does Captain America serve outside of combat? Will they take the suit and shield and just send him home? Bucky insists that the super-soldier will be a hero even out of uniform but Steve is just tired. Later they are in pursuit by motorcycle of a remote-controlled bomber drone; as the plane leaves the runway they manage to leap aboard. Steve can’t hang on but Bucky discovers the craft is booby trapped. As he falls, Steve sees the craft—and his partner—explode in front of him…

…and he wakes up screaming in a completely different place surrounded by odd-looking strangers. As the strangers try to calm him they discover his red-white-and-blue uniform and are shocked. Captain America begins drafting a report to his commander in his head: these odd people whom he calls the Robot, Tinkerbell, and the Circus Strongman (no name for Thor) seem friendly but are clearly hiding something from him. They mention suspended animation and tell him it’s later than he thinks but ask him to stay in the sub while they go outside. After waiting a few minutes Cap follows and is stunned at a different New York than the one he remembers. Walking past an odd set of sculptures of his new companions he wanders into a street where he is almost hit by a car. Walking the streets and marveling at the sights, he hears a cry for help from an alley and races to the scene. There a trio of toughs are abusing a young woman. Cap fights them off but when he goes to offer the victim assistance, the panicked woman draws a gun and shoots Cap in the stomach and flees. The wounded hero sprawls on the sidewalk and no one seems to care….

Jorge Molina
Karl Kesel
Frank D'Armata
Bryan Hitch (Cover Penciler)
Paul Neary (Cover Inker)
Paul Mounts (Cover Colorist)


Listed in Alphabetical Order.

Bucky Barnes
Bucky Barnes

(James Barnes)
Captain America
Captain America

(Steve Rogers)
Iron Man
Iron Man

(Tony Stark)


(Janet Van Dyne)

Plus: Giant-Man (Scott Lang), Nazis.

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