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Captain America: The Chosen #1: Review

Nov 2007
David Morrell, Mitch Breitweiser

Story Name:

Now You See Me, Now You Don’t

Review & Comments

5 stars

Captain America: The Chosen #1 Review by (December 6, 2010)
Review: This miniseries written by David Morrell (creator of Rambo, but don’t let that scare you—the movie is not faithful to the book) delivers a fine message displaying Captain America in his original role as a symbol of the nation’s ideals and an inspiration for others to follow in his footsteps. Mitch Breitweiser’s excellent art delivers the gritty realism that perfectly complements the bittersweet tale. It just had the misfortune of coming out same time as the much-publicized Death of Cap arc, fooling some readers into thinking they were getting the origin of a brand new Cap. If there is any flaw in the proceedings it is that issues 2-5 seem unnecessarily prolonged, with its repetitions of the search/despair/pep talk cycle. Otherwise ideal.

Comments: Part one of a six-part miniseries. Originally called CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE END, this was retitled to distance it from the “Death of Captain America” story arc occurring at the same time; it didn’t work. The story is not part of regular Marvel continuity. New Cap info: the Super-Soldier Serum is more effective on a smaller weaker man.


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Captain America: The Chosen #1 Synopsis by Peter Silvestro
In Afghanistan, US Marine Corporal James Newman heads out on a military mission plagued by doubts: how can he help this country if he can’t tell friend from enemy? He wants to make America safe from the terrorists of al-Qaida but it seems nothing has any effect. And he fears that he will never see his young son, born since he was deployed. His patrol is attacked by the enemy and he finds himself in a firefight, moving on instinct and trusting in the loyalty of his buddies. In a building he comes upon a young couple: are they friend or foe? In his confusion and exhaustion he sinks to the ground…and hears a voice encouraging him to continue the fight for freedom. He looks up to see Captain America. Jimmy and the hero head outside together; while Cap gives cover from enemy fire, Jimmy rescues two wounded comrades and carries them to safety. After the dust clears, Cap is nowhere to be seen. More puzzling, no one else saw him either. Jimmy is acclaimed a hero but his story about Captain America is chalked up to stress. The confused Corporal Newman calls out to Cap and is heard…by Captain America, miles away in a hospital bed, connected to life support….

Mitch Breitweiser
Mitch Breitweiser
Brian Reber
Mitch Breitweiser (Cover Penciler)
Mitch Breitweiser (Cover Inker)
Brian Reber (Cover Colorist)


Listed in Alphabetical Order.

Captain America
Captain America

(Steve Rogers)

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