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Captain America #1

Comicscore Index
Generally favorable ratings

Based on 16 critic ratings.


Decades ago, Steve Rogers changed the world forever. Now powerful and insidious forces are assembling to ensure he never does it again.

Past, present and future collide as the man out of time reckons with an existential threat determined to set the world on a darker path at any cost…

Esteemed creators J. Michael Straczynski (THOR, THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN) and Jesús Saiz (PUNISHER, DOCTOR STRANGE) embark on an exhilarating new journey for CAPTAIN AMERICA!

Publication Date
Kindle Edition
Print Length
33 pages
Amazon ASIN

16 Critic Ratings & Reviews from:
  • 100

    Un Cómic Más

    A new era begins, with new threats but nurturing Captain America’s origin story, it is ultimately the perfect starting point for new readers and a delight for regular readers.

  • 90

    Weird Science Marvel Comics

    Captain America #1 hits you right in the heartstrings with a simple yet powerful accounting of why Steve Rogers deserves to be the first Avenger. Straczynski’s character work is phenomenal, and Saiz’s art nails all the emotional beats.

  • 90

    But Why Tho?

    Captain America #1 brings layers to an old man who has to be everywhere. For a man so stoic and permanently poised, perhaps even labelled as boring by some, Straczynski leans on that and sees if that can be tested. The unique approach to superhero stories, operating outside of when the narrative might begin, infuses the time-hopping plot with pace, variety, and humor. The whole comic is refreshing whilst using classic characters to draw in readers old and new.

  • 90

    Marvel Heroes Library

    J. Michael Straczynski writes this new volume and it looks like the first arc at least will concentrate on Steve Rogers’ boyhood. It’s been done before but this time it shows Steve as an orphan, trying to get by and getting his first taste of the Nazis. The art by Jesus Saiz gets the job done without being flashy, instead serving the story. We’ll have to see where this goes (especially with the demonic part) but for now, it’s cool.

  • 90

    First Comics News

    J. Michael Straczynski returns to Marvel with a new take on the Sentinel of Liberty that not only gives us a look into Steve Rogers’ past and how it impacts his current status. Going back in time to Steve’s past as an orphan in NYC works for the most part. As time goes on, it gets a little tiresome; JMS gives Steve such great character work while showing the readers why Cap is such an iconic figure with a down-to-earth deposition that will put anyone at ease, but it looks like JMS and artist Jesus Saiz (Who’s producing the best artwork of his career) spent so much time in diving into Steve’s backstory but I did enjoy the history behind the apartment building that he grew up in and the new direction that it’s taken (**NO SPOILERS**) as well as Cap’s brief adventure with The Fantastic Four (I’m sure JMS threw that in just for the heck of it);
    This new series gives us a new direction for Cap that fans old and new will enjoy with awe. Without an actual story being told I know that with time, Straczynski may surprise us to where it could be the best Cap run.

  • 90

    Multiversity Comics

    “Captain America” #1 is a staggeringly beautiful issue that depicts Steve Rogers as a young man. Artist Jesus Saiz is able to render Steve with so much beautiful shading and gravitas. JMS writes incredibly honest dialogue that shows how relatable Steve Rogers is as a man and superhero. Seeing the first hints of the occult-threat brewing beneath the surface of the issue was absolutely thrilling. I’m curious to see what elements Saiz and JMS can extract from Steve’s past to inform his future. In addition to Steve operating as a hero, it is also fascinating to see him work with others in The Marvel Universe. Marvel and the creative team behind “Captain America” #1 carry an intense level of ambition that looks like it is establishing a strong ongoing series. JMS and Saiz’s contributions to this brand new “Captain America” series was worth the wait.

  • 88

    The Comicbook Dispatch

    Captain America #1 may be a bit too slow as an inaugural issue BUT what it lacks in action it provides in charm, character, and creativity. Readers get the classic, down to earth, Cap who’s one with the people and breathes American values. Sure, the wordy narration did throw this reviewer out of the story at times. However, I think this was a one-time thing with Straczynski who was mainly trying to give fans as much information as possible in a short amount of time in order to get this party started.

    Moreover, the sly elements of the supernatural mixed with the advanced technology angle make for a rather intriguing villain tampering with what appears to be past events. I can’t help but leave Captain America #1 excited for what’s to come while also trusting Straczynski to keep the character grounded in his roots as well as what makes Steve the one and only Captain America.

  • 88

    Monkeys Fighting Robots

    CAPTAIN AMERICA #1 is an interesting read with heavy world-building from Straczynski, exposing a new side of Steve Rogers to the reader. Saiz’s artwork felt stiff, but I will hold-off judgment until the second issue when Cap and Spidey are swinging through the city.

  • 88

    The Super Powered Fancast

    The Story: An immensely satisfying and entertaining new story for Steve. Straczynski taps into everything that readers love about the character of Captain America and more specifically, Steve Rogers. I love the jumps in time that not only give more background and history to the character, but also seem to round out the bigger mystery happening in the series. I really enjoyed the tone of this issue as well and how it allows the character to be the center instead of focusing on the action.

    The Art: Saiz delivers some beautifully detailed art in the issue. I love the visual style of the issue and how it has moments that feel like classic comics. A great looking issue from start to finish.

  • 85


    Captain America #1 is a well-built story with a lot of great character work. The superhero side is a little lacking, but the flashbacks are exciting to see as we’ll get new gaps filled in as far as Steve’s life prior to getting his powers.

  • 85

    Graphic Policy

    Captain America #1 is a solid start overall. It looks to use a time period in Steve’s life to not just fill in gaps but also show us more as to what makes this character so fantastic. At the same time, it also reflects on our real past and looks towards the future and concept of being a hero. An entertaining new volume that delivers some sunshine after a previous gloomy run.

  • 80


    This is an all-around good issue of set-up, with no real zing factor to really wow readers. It treads some traditional Captain America ground, really digging into the character, his personality and his past to create a large tapestry on which to paint. That’s good stuff, and makes for a strong first issue to a series like this. Straczynski is a good writer and knows how to delve into his characters, and he’s off to a good start with Steve Rogers. The idea of Steve buying a building in New York City and being super generous to the tenants is also what Hawkeye did in the classic Matt Fraction series…but that’s fine. No worries there. Seems like something Steve would do. And then we’ve got a villain set up, and an interesting look into Steve’s past, in a time period that probably hasn’t been explored all that often. How did teenage Steve Rogers react to the pro-Nazi movement in America pre-war? Could be interesting to explore!

  • 80


    The launch is solid, but has some problematic plot elements. The art is fantastic though, and there’s enough to like that bring me back next month.

  • 75

    Caped Joel

  • 60


    he current story focuses on Steve Rogers figuring out ways to make a difference when not dressed in a spangly outfit by buying the crumbling building of his youth and doing upgrades to prevent people in the neighborhood from getting evicted. It’s a nice idea, but I’m not sure where the story goes from here.

  • 50

    Captain America #1 teases a promising new exploration of Steve Rogers, which should be worthwhile for the beloved character’s fanbase. If it wants to actually achieve anything new or interesting, though, there’s still a lot of work to be done. For now, it’s spending too much time talking about stories and not nearly enough time actually telling one.

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