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Noteworthy Issues: Captain America #1 (September, 2023)

Captain America becomes a landlord! No, seriously!

Hey, a new Captain America series written by J Michael Straczynski?  That’s good enough for me to at least take a look.  JMS tends to find interesting twists to old characters.

Issue:  Captain America #1, September 2023

Writer:  J. Michael Straczynski

Artist:  Jesus Saiz

The Plot:  Steve’s remembers his past when he buys the tenement building he used to call home.

Commentary:  I knew JMS would find an interesting twists to Steve Rogers, but I wasn’t quite expecting what I got here.  Essentially, Steve’s story is connected to the tenement building he has called home for years.  In the present, he buys it and becomes the landlord, and if you don’t think Steve is going to give the local homeless family a place to stay before the issue is over, have you even heard of Captain America before?  It’s obvious, but it doesn’t happen right away because he goes off on a quick mission to assist the Fantastic Four to the Negative Zone.

Yeah, there is some superhero action on display, but not much in the grand scheme of things.  This is about how Steve is setting up a new home that means a lot to him because, when he was a sickly teenager, this was the first place he was able to afford to live in after his mother died and left Steve an orphan.  Plus, JMS sets up something at the end, something that was historically happening but not something that we might want to normally associate America or Steve Rogers with.  How Steve reacts to what he sees will probably say a lot, but the issue shows that young Steve is a lot like adult Steve:  a hard-working young man with a strong moral standard and a refusal to quit.

Oh, and there’s some kind of demonic thing recruiting an army that I am sure will cause Steve trouble very soon.

One issue in, and I like this run.

Grade:  A-