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Capwolf & The Howling Commandos #1 (of 4)

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Generally favorable ratings

Based on 7 critic ratings.

When Captain America is transformed into a werewolf on the front lines of World War II, he’ll need the help of the Howling Commandos to take down a band of Nazi cultists who intend to use supernatural forces to turn the tide of battle. But can Cap control the skeptical, jaded Commandos when he can barely control himself?

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  • 100

    Nerd Initiative

    Taking one of the most intriguing versions of Captain America and crafting a fresh historic take around him is no easy task. Combine Phillips’ stellar writing with the electric artwork of Magno and the team and readers get swept up into an incredible story that can’t be denied on New Comic Book Day!

  • 90

    First Comics News

    Capwolf, one of the more captivating yet weird aspects of Mark Gruenwald’s iconic run on Captain America returns in this new series, just in time for Halloween; This issue kicks off with Cap and the commandos joining forces to take down some Nazi cultist who are planning to uses supernatural forces to help them come off as the dominant force during World War II. Stephanie Phillips can be hit or miss as a writer but with this series, she seems to have left out the monsters so that she can build up to Cap turning into a wolf, and her script does the commandos justice while paying homage to the 1940s, this could have been better with actual monsters but let’s see if Phillips can pick up the pace with the next issue.

  • 88

    The Comicbook Dispatch

    Capwolf & The Howling Commandos #1 fortifies the plot, establishes the perfect reasoning to get everyone together, hits the time period well, provides massive amounts of action, and gives fans exactly what they came for… a werewolf Captain America! Will we get a ton of Capwolf in issue one? No. But Phillips gets you there with three issues left to focus on exactly what you want. Technically, this is a period piece using Cap, the Commandos, and Nazis that will certainly give fans a reasonable Halloween vibe to set the mood of the season with three weeks to go.

    My only wish is that they pumped this out weekly starting in the last week of September. Who wants to be reading about Capwolf & The Howling Commandos come January? A story like this would be a perfect bombardment to help fortify the season well. I’d definitely give Capwolf & The Howling Commandos #1 a look if you’re looking for something different, action-packed, and love the 1950s monster mash motif.

  • 70

    Capwolf returns in this exciting, pulpy tale. Stephanie Phillips takes the reins on the First Avenger, and the end result is something with a little more fluff than need be. The script is padded with character moments between Howling Commandos and that takes away from the spotlight of the eponymous lycanthrope. Though that’s ultimately better for the story, more monsters are necessary in this creature feature.

  • 70

    Graham Crackers Comics

    1992 was a very strange year with the good Captain being turned into a werewolf in a Mark Gruenwald 6 part tale called Man and Wolf. The title was a mere 52 issues from ending and storylines were starting to get odd. And so even if we are in the month of Halloween, I question whether this was a concept that needed to be revisited. Good news is that this is a What IF type alternate dimension. Writer Stephanie Phillips does a good job of reinvisioning the Howling Commandoes but I’m not sure about some of the Cap moments. Artist Carlos Magno does a great job with his tanks and rubble. An enjoyable book that goes out on a limb.

  • 60

    Comic Watch

    Capwolf & the Howling Commandos #1 is off to a rocky start with a heavy focus on the familiarity of war and continuity. Only in the final pages of the issue does the story shift gears and start to deliver on the premise. All elements of the book, from Phillips’s writing to Magno’s art, and even Grundetjern’s coloring, feel like the safest choices, which gives the book a subdued reading experience. Only when the mystical element is interjected does the book transform into something worth reading. The hook is strong enough to warrant reading the second issue, but unless the story makes a harsh metamorphosis, it will remain just another disposable entry into the canon of supernatural World War II stories.

  • 57

    Major Spoilers

    All in all, Capwolf and the Howling Commandos #1 is a pretty solid debut issue, even with some narrative wobbles that undermine the reality of its 1940s setting, with a strong premise and some well-done art. Not every story needs to be filled with big swerves or surprises, so it will be interesting to see if the rest of the series has this same no-frills storytelling aesthetic.

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