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Captain America #7: Review

May 2013
Rick Remender, John Romita Jr.

Story Name:

Ashes of our Fathers

Review & Comments

Rating:
3 stars

Captain America #7 Review by (June 1, 2013)
Review: We finally learn what we’ve all wanted to know since Captain America debuted in 1941! Namely, what is Cap’s parenting style! His whole life has been an attempt to be the opposite of his own dad, which caused a multitude of (never-seen) problems; now with Ian he has had a second chance to be a good father! And then there’s the case of Jet Black, who was raised to be a ruthless warrior by her father Arnim Zola, with absolutely no exposure to any kind of values that would instill in her a compassionate conscience; now after seeing Cap show mercy yesterday and with a brief badgering lecture by Cap in the midst of battle, she rejects everything she’s ever been taught to adopt a value system she only vaguely guesses at. This is probably the most unbelievable incident in the story thus far, a story which is set in an alternate dimension filled with cloned monsters created by a guy with his face in his chest, mind you. Anyway, the brighter colors of this ish serve to soften the usual grim and nasty doings, and JRJR’s depiction of the ship lifting off was impressive; on the other hand, the bridge scene was drawn to obscure the endangered Phrox until one actually fell, which wasn’t the intention. I thought I was getting into this new series but this issue just seemed dumb; can we get this over with? Now excuse me, I’m going to go read some issues by Mark Gruenwald….

Comments: First issue to receive an individual title; only issue #1 so far had any title, the umbrella designation “Castaway in Dimension Z, Chapter One.” Issue includes a two-page column “Letters to a Living Legend.”



 

Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Captain America #7 Synopsis by Peter Silvestro
Two years ago, Captain America (Steve Rogers) and his adopted son Ian were lounging by the river near the Phrox village in Dimension Z. Ian asked Cap whether he missed his old life; Steve replied that he was focused not on what he didn’t have but what he did, and with that he was happy. Ian asked what Cap’s dad was like; Steve summed him up as a good man who was unable to provide for his family and lost his pride, his hope, and was soon lost altogether. And Steve has spent his life trying to be strong—so much so that he was unavailable to those he loved—and he promised to always be there for Ian….
Now Cap has breached Arnim Zola’s fortress to reclaim his captured son. He battles mutates and his own weakness and pain but he keeps going, as he learned from his mother. The mutates free the bound Jet Black (Steve couldn’t really bring himself to shoot her last issue) and she reports to her father who is preparing for his grand scheme. As Cap makes his way across the rooftops of Zolandia, he is attacked by one of the giant monsters cloned from his DNA; the two plummet through a glass barrier and the creature is impaled on decorative spikes. Cap keeps going—and finds himself on a bridge over a river of lava, with tubes suspended from the ceiling, each containing a captive Phrox. He faces Jet Black in her skimpy warrior gear who taunts him; he tries to appeal to her better nature but she fights back. As they battle, one of the tubes opens and a Phrox woman drops toward a fiery death. Cap leaps out at the end of a grapple and cord and catches her but they are left dangling over the lava. He calls on Jet to choose between her upbringing and her innate knowledge that Zola is wrong. She pulls them to safety. As they stand pondering the matter of guilt and expiation, the city comes to life, launching itself toward the world Cap came from. There, Zola will unleash his mutates with hypodermic rifles, each containing the liquid essence of Arnim Zola; objective: to infect as much of the populace as possible, transforming superheroes, leaders, and the affluent into Zolas. As Jet heads off to release the Phrox and lead them to safety, Cap goes in search of Ian. As he approaches the labs, he is shot in the back; his assailant is the brainwashed Ian, renamed Leopold by his father Arnim Zola….

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John Romita Jr.
Klaus Janson
Dean White
John Romita Jr. (Cover Penciler)
Klaus Janson (Cover Inker)
Dean White (Cover Colorist)


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Plus: Arnim Zola, Ian, Jet Black.