CAPTAIN AMERICA #700
Written by: Mark Waid, Chris Samnee
Art by: Chris Samnee, Matthew Wilson, Joe Caramagna, Jack Kirby
Published by: Marvel Comics
What it’s about…
CAP IS FINALLY “OUT OF TIME”! Frozen in time, awakened in a decimated future and once again a man out of his era, there is only one way for Steve Rogers to restore order and rebuild civilization—and that’s to rule it as King Captain America! No dream, no hoax, no lie, this IS Cap and this IS happening, believe it or not! PLUS: Mark Waid delivers an untold tale from Captain America’s past, featuring the classic artwork of Jack Kirby!
What I thought about it…
With this issue, Mark Waid’s “King Captain America” story draws to a close. This was an interesting arc that saw Cap out of time once again, but this time in the future. The first couple of chapters were quite good, but I’m afraid the ending felt abrupt. Perhaps it was, so that it could coincide with the book’s 700th issue.
Regardless, Mark Waid proved once again why he is one of the best Captain America writer of all the time. Waid understands the essence of who Steve Rogers is and the reasons he’s Captain America. In full display are Cap’s never give up attitude, his leadership skills, and his acceptance that even he can’t do everything that needs to be done.
The problem with Captain America #700 is that there’s too much going on in one issue, and the story almost collapses because of it. “King Captain America” needed to be a long story, maybe even a year-long arc. Instead, everything you can possibly imagine was jammed into four issues.
I’m not saying this comic is bad, it isn’t. But even with the extra sized #700, it still feels like we’re only seeing the Reader’s Digest version of what this strange world has to offer. Simply put, this story just needed more room to breath.
However, Chris Samnee’s artwork in this issue is a thing of beauty. I can’t remember the last time I browsed a comic just for the art after reading it. The was Samnee draws an apocalyptic world is just stunning. But the art never loses that glimmer of hope that Captain America always brings with him.
One of the best things to spill out of last Fall’s Marvel Legacy, was the Captain America run by Mark Waid and Chris Samnee. Sadly, with Captain America #700 is the final issue for Waid and Samnee together. Waid will stay on the title until the relaunch in July, while Samnee has left Marvel altogether.
Even with the problems Captain America #700 has, I highly recommend picking up this run. Waid and Samnee’s work on Cap’s book is one of the best I’ve read, and a welcomed return the Cap fans love. If only Marvel had kept them on the book a little bit longer.
Captain America score: B