CAPTAIN AMERICA VOL. 2: CASTAWAY IN DIMENSION Z BOOK 2 (Marvel, 2013; Hardcover)
Collects Captain America Nos. 6-10 (cover dates June- October, 2013)
Writer: Rick Remender
Artists: Penciler- John Romita, Jr.; Inkers- Tom Palmer, Klaus Janson, and Scott Hanna.
Colorists: Dean White with Rachelle Rosenberg (#10)
Rick Remender has penned a really dark Cap saga over the course of ten issues. Things are downright morose at times, and it is a tough pill for me to swallow. Real life is hard enough, and this winter is as dark and gloomy as all get out. I realize that none of that is Remender's fault, but weather does affect moods. The first half of this opus showed so much promise but the second half came up short at the end.
We have what may be Arnim Zola's masterstroke against Captain America, and are left with a question at then end. Was Dimension Z real? It sure seems that way, but did all of those events, a decade plus, really occur to Cap or were they memory implants from Zola? I like to think all of this happened, but can we be certain? Time will tell.
You can't go wrong with the artwork when you have a heavyweight like John Romita, Jr. along with accomplices Tom Palmer, Klaus Janson, and Scott Hanna. Couple that with colorist Dean White and you have some real eye candy. Modern day colorists add depth and shade to the mix and almost act as an additional inker sometimes. Modern colorists have a million choices as well as other tools at their disposal and blow my mind.
I think that it is safe to say that Marvel has entered a period of post-decompression with their comic books. Double page spreads and splash pages are used sparingly rather than as a general rule to pad out the page count. There are more caption boxes and word balloons and, therefore, more story per issue then there were just a few years ago. I felt like these issues had something to really sink your teeth into. This was a refreshing change of pace from the faux Frank Miller style of dialogue and caption free comics that have been regurgitated ad nauseum over the past decade. This is a change for the better.
So while this book was slightly disappointing it was still entertaining. I'm not writing off Remender's run yet and neither should you. It takes more than one “off” day for me to write off a title. I'll wait and see what he has up his sleeve next before making any final decisions.
Junk Food For Thought rating: 3.75 out of 5.
The OCD zone- The free digital copy code is no longer on a stiff piece of cardboard glued into the book block. It is now behind a sticker which must be peeled off. While still annoying because it “ruins” the book, it is far less annoying than the card.
I really like the spine redesign on all of these Marvel NOW! collected editions. I am not one of the spine fetishists of the world but some designs look better than others.
DVD-style Extras included in this book: #6 Many Armors Of Iron Man variant by Pasqual Ferry.
#8 Wolverine Through The Ages variant by Alex Maleev
Script for #10 (18 pages).
Paper rating: 4.25 out of 5. The glossy coated stock paper is a fair weight.
Binding rating: 4 out of 5. Perfect bound/ glued binding. It lays pretty flat in one hand since it is a thin book.
Hardback cover coating rating: 4.5 out of 5. The cover has the image printed directly on it, no dustjacket required. The coating is a somewhat odd feeling dull matte finish and is scuff resistant with reasonable handling.