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Captain America meets his ultimate nemesis: the Captain America of the Vietnam War! As new enemies face off, old secrets from the Super-Soldier project are revealed. From the superstar Wolverine: Weapon X creative team of Jason Aaron and Ron Garney, get ready for a hard-hitting story of one man's quest to serve his country - and the sacrifices he must make. Collecting: Captain America meets his ultimate nemesis: the Captain America of the Vietnam War! As new enemies face off, old secrets from the Super-Soldier project are revealed. From the superstar Wolverine: Weapon X creative team of Jason Aaron and Ron Garney, get ready for a hard-hitting story of one man's quest to serve his country - and the sacrifices he must make. Collecting: Ultimate Comics Captain America 1-4


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Captain America meets his ultimate nemesis: the Captain America of the Vietnam War! As new enemies face off, old secrets from the Super-Soldier project are revealed. From the superstar Wolverine: Weapon X creative team of Jason Aaron and Ron Garney, get ready for a hard-hitting story of one man's quest to serve his country - and the sacrifices he must make. Collecting: Captain America meets his ultimate nemesis: the Captain America of the Vietnam War! As new enemies face off, old secrets from the Super-Soldier project are revealed. From the superstar Wolverine: Weapon X creative team of Jason Aaron and Ron Garney, get ready for a hard-hitting story of one man's quest to serve his country - and the sacrifices he must make. Collecting: Ultimate Comics Captain America 1-4

30 review for Ultimate Comics Captain America

  1. 5 out of 5

    Stephen

    A brief introduction to MY THREE CAPS (all 3 sitting in a diner in Heartland, USA): Captain America #1 (Steve Rogers): iconic, idealized version of the best aspects of America, created to be the perfect American soldier and a symbol of American freedom and decency to the world. After politely turning down your offer of a beer, this Cap takes another bite of “Mom’s” apple pie and comments, “Golly Ma’am, this here is some really swell pie.” Captain America #2 (Ultimate universe Steve Rogers): A brief introduction to MY THREE CAPS (all 3 sitting in a diner in Heartland, USA): Captain America #1 (Steve Rogers): iconic, idealized version of the best aspects of America, created to be the perfect American soldier and a symbol of American freedom and decency to the world. After politely turning down your offer of a beer, this Cap takes another bite of “Mom’s” apple pie and comments, “Golly Ma’am, this here is some really swell pie.” Captain America #2 (Ultimate universe Steve Rogers): iconic, grizzled hero of World War II who passionately loves America, just as passionately hates France, and rains a torrent of ass-kickings on the enemies of America because ‘the U.S. may not be perfect, but we’re more perfect than you.’ After turning down your offer of some apple pie, this Cap takes a big swig of beer and bitch-slaps some war protestor in the next booth for bad-mouthing America. Captain America #3 (Ultimate universe Frank Simpson and Cap during Vietnam): a pill-popping, steroid-addled, cyber-soldier who had his love for America spent in the corpses of the 1000’s he was ordered to kill in Vietnam, passionately hates America (not sure how he feels about France) and wants Cap #2 to see the TRUTH about the country he serves so faithfully. After throwing your offered apple pie across the room, this Cap kills an American soldier sitting in the next booth, grabs his bottle of Jack Daniels off the table and pisses on a photo of Richard Nixon holding the American Flag. Well forget about Cappy #1 as he is pretty much gone and living in the Old Anachronisms Home. We all can have different opinions of this and I am not making any judgments, but I do think it is time we accept that old Cap is gone. This story is all about Cap #2 (now, simply Captain America) and Cap #3 (aka Nuke aka angry bad guy aka Frank Simpson). So DukeNuke’m (long thought dead) turns up peddling super-soldier serum to the North Koreans until Cap shows up to stop him…..and proceeds to get the flag-loving snot beat out of him by Mr. AngryAtAmerica. I mean Cap gets P..U..M..M..E..L..E..D like a narc at a biker rally. So after waking up bruised and battered and a wee bit pissed, Cap goes after Mr. Flagface, which, of course, is exactly what Nuke wanted. You see, he wants to teach Cap the error of his ways before he bleeds him. He wants Cap to “break” and see America as the evil, imperialist empire that Nuke believes it is. So he takes fun little torture-filled history lesson through some of America’s darker deeds. I will leave it there and let you discover how it ends, but it is certainly worth picking up. The writing was excellent, the plot was well thought out and the art was terrific. I do want to give the writers some special kudos for avoiding one pitfall had the potential to be a real disaster (at least for me). This story, when you boil it down to its essence, is really a classic confrontation between the soldier that “still believes” and the soldier who has been “irrevocably disillusioned” as a result of the things he has done for God and Country. In framing the contrast between Cap and Nuke, the writers initially have Cap looking A LOT like a Government stooge who blindly follows the “party line” in his unshakeable allegiance to America. Despite how much I really liked the rest of the story, this would have been a complete miss for me if they had stuck with that image of Cap. Fortunately, and without spoiling the story, the writers were able to flesh out “who Cap is” in the climactic scene and I thought they did a terrific job with it. All my fears were put to rest and I became a fan of their version of Ultimate Cap. He is a compelling, nuanced character that I will be interested in reading more about in the future. Of course, I still love Cappy #1 too, but after over 30 years with him I am happy to see him get an update. 4.0 stars. Recommended!!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Scott

    3.5 stars "Peace and security don't come easy . . . and wars are never pretty, no matter the era. But we do what we can, for the greater good." -- Steve 'Captain America' Rogers, between punches to the villain I guess the Ultimate Marvel imprint is sort of like DC's Earth One, where established characters are reimagined, updated, and/or tweaked - you'll recognize him or her, but something is just a little bit different. Here we have a story that, if it was a feature film, would be a 'Quentin 3.5 stars "Peace and security don't come easy . . . and wars are never pretty, no matter the era. But we do what we can, for the greater good." -- Steve 'Captain America' Rogers, between punches to the villain I guess the Ultimate Marvel imprint is sort of like DC's Earth One, where established characters are reimagined, updated, and/or tweaked - you'll recognize him or her, but something is just a little bit different. Here we have a story that, if it was a feature film, would be a 'Quentin Tarantino & Brian DePalma production.' Get ready for a dark, gritty, uber-violent, and profanity-laden Cap adventure. During a U.S./U.K. secret mission into North Korea (related to that country's military attempting to duplicate the Super Solider formula) Cap encounters the hulking and very powerful Frank Simpson. Simpson - earlier given a similar formula, though it produced psychosis - was briefly put into action as 'Captain America' by the U.S. government during the Vietnam Conflict (as Steve Rogers was still hibernating in ice from his WWII days) before walking away in disgust and simply disappearing. After being on the losing end of a severely knockdown, drag-out fight (the only type in this volume, actually - bloodshed and bone crunch galore) Cap pursues Simpson into the jungles of Cambodia. What happens right after Cap is captured involves copious amounts of implied and depicted physical and mental torture with also a fair amount of bloodshed. This is one extremely graphic rough-and-tumble tale involving pain, but it's done about as tastefully as possible given the subject matter.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Chelsea 🏳️‍🌈

    What's interesting about this series is that Aaron took a concept a lot of ignorant, MCU only, Marvel fans misunderstand about Captain America. Captain America fought in the last war Americans collectively agree we entered for the right reasons. Sure, some of it was still steeped in selfishness but it's largely believed that we stepped in because of the human rights violations. WWII is not Vietnam, a highly debated war. Captain America wasn't involved in this war and he was unfrozen at a time What's interesting about this series is that Aaron took a concept a lot of ignorant, MCU only, Marvel fans misunderstand about Captain America. Captain America fought in the last war Americans collectively agree we entered for the right reasons. Sure, some of it was still steeped in selfishness but it's largely believed that we stepped in because of the human rights violations. WWII is not Vietnam, a highly debated war. Captain America wasn't involved in this war and he was unfrozen at a time when there was a lot of public protest in this country. Sure, you had some ignorant conservative writers writing him as a racist, xenophobic patriot. There's an arc in Theater of War I had to skip completely because it made me nauseous. But, what's important to remember about Captain America (and what a lot of people seem to misunderstand): Captain America doesn't stand for America as it is; he stands for what it could be. Steve sticks up for the little guy, for the downtrodden and the oppressed. The son of Irish immigrants that grew up in a poor neighborhood, he knows America isn't perfect. That's where people get lost. 616 Steve has a history of speaking out against the unjust policies of the government and even put up the stars and stripes and went as Nomad for a while there. Steve isn't a blind, government lapdog. I preface this review with that so I can say: Ults Steve has quite a few decades less of history. We're essentially seeing his first days in the future and he, unlike 616, appears to believe in America blindly. He's every white military supporter with a pair of patriotic balls handing from the back of his pick up truck. He goes to church every week, expresses some views that skew just a little racist and he behaves how those ignorant of the comics believe him to behave. That's not quite a slight against Aaron but more a sign of just how different Ults is from 616. In this comic, we get Steve coming into contact with a super soldier that realized he was being used by the US and turned against them. He was the perfect soldier but his viewpoint changed after seeing how corrupt the government was. In response, he used his blood to help empower the people he'd been sent to harm. He then tries to force Steve to come around to his point of view. It's a twisted arc, some of the methods he resorts to are just abhorrent, but I'd be lying if I said I wasn't intrigued. It was an interesting concept and moderately frustrated that Steve appeared to shut it all out. In the end, we see that Steve wasn't completely unaffected and there's that's almost... compelling(?) about this version of Steve. He's the most stubborn and the gruffest of all the Steves but he finds himself in situations that lay him lower than any other version I've seen in the films or other universes. So, it's a very, very, tentative recommend. The execution wasn't perfect but this is a story I found very interesting.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Kemper

    Marvel’s Ultimate line of comics was a great idea. With their original titles showing their age and groaning under the weight of decades of stories, a reboot of some type was needed. But if you just blow up your existing continuity and start over like DC does every six months or so, then you anger the fan boys and ignore the legacy of the characters. Launching a second line that would reboot and update the biggest names in the Marvel universe would attract new fans who could just jump right in Marvel’s Ultimate line of comics was a great idea. With their original titles showing their age and groaning under the weight of decades of stories, a reboot of some type was needed. But if you just blow up your existing continuity and start over like DC does every six months or so, then you anger the fan boys and ignore the legacy of the characters. Launching a second line that would reboot and update the biggest names in the Marvel universe would attract new fans who could just jump right in and allow needed updates to happen without losing the original history either. So instead of radioactive spider, Peter Parker gets bitten by a genetically engineered spider. The Fantastic Four get their powers from an experiment in teleportation instead of being bombarded by cosmic rays while trying to beat the Soviets into space. Where Marvel and the creators of these new titles got really clever is that they didn’t feel the need to just update old stories. They put new twists on things. For example, there’s still a Dark Phoenix storyline in the Ultimate X-Men books, but it’s both completely different yet oddly similar to the classic Uncanny X-Men storyline. The original Nick Fury is a one-eyed cigar chewing old white guy wearing a bodysuit with white gloves. The Ultimate Nick Fury is a one-eyed black guy in a leather trench coat modeled on Samuel L. Jackson. (And Jackson is now playing Nick Fury in the new Marvel movies.) So even if you know the Marvel stories, the Ultimate line is full of surprises. One the best examples of how the Ultimate universe is kind of a funhouse mirror of the old Marvel universe is with Captain America. The original Cap is an icon, respected and revered by most of the other heroes, and he manages to be a symbol of the best of America that is bigger than politics and government. The Ultimate Captain America is still a legendary hero of World War II, but he’s also kind of a grumpy old bastard with right wing tendencies. (In the afterward of this this book, there’s a line that creator Mark Millar said that Ultimate Cap looks like Brad Pitt but smells like your grandpa.) Another twist to the Captain America mythos is brought into this collection. In the original recipe Marvel books, the character known as Nuke was a patriotic but psychotic and drug addicted killer used with disastrous results by the US government. In Ultimate world, the character is Frank Simpson, a patriot who undergoes a form of the super-soldier treatment. He was sent to Vietnam were he killed thousands under orders, but then he became disgusted and pulled a Colonel Kurtz and then vanished for decades. When Simpson starts trying to sell a super soldier serum based on his blood to North Korea, he clashes with Captain America, and Cap gets the shit kicked out of him. Later when Cap follows him back to a stronghold in southeast Asia, Simpson captures and tortures Cap while regaling him with the dark history of the US while Cap was frozen after World War II. Simpson believes that America is inherently corrupt and evil, and he desperately wants to break Captain America. This was some great storytelling and a nice way to flesh out the Ultimate Cap as well as introducing a new version of one of my favorite villains.

  5. 5 out of 5

    kim hannah

    Woah. That was intense. You have the original Captain America of WWII and the copy Captain America of the Vietnam War!!! But who is right? Cap WWII or Cap Viet? Are they being used? Who are they fighting for? Is it truly for the greater good of man kind?

  6. 4 out of 5

    Mike

    Gritty, stark, and edgy, this is The Ultimate Universe Steve Rogers one step behind a disillusioned super-soldier of the 1970s.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Nikki

    I'm new to the Marvel Universe, really. Or essentially so, anyway: I used to watch X-Men and Spiderman cartoons and so on, but I didn't grow up with the comics as my bread and butter. But my induction (back?) into the Marvel Universe was with Chris Evans' Steve Rogers, who I adore, so Ultimates Cap is really not my thing at all. Still, I recognise the sense in this depiction of him. He's not an idealistic version of a soldier who is barely touched by the war: he's a grizzled veteran, and a bit I'm new to the Marvel Universe, really. Or essentially so, anyway: I used to watch X-Men and Spiderman cartoons and so on, but I didn't grow up with the comics as my bread and butter. But my induction (back?) into the Marvel Universe was with Chris Evans' Steve Rogers, who I adore, so Ultimates Cap is really not my thing at all. Still, I recognise the sense in this depiction of him. He's not an idealistic version of a soldier who is barely touched by the war: he's a grizzled veteran, and a bit of a bastard -- which, in reality, a lot of people in the army are. I don't imagine idealism really lasts long in active combat for most people. I'm not so fond of how dumb the guy is. The storyline itself is interesting, though I think the outcome is predictable: the love of America, the belief in a just cause, that's very much something I don't think can really be separated from the character of Steve Rogers. MCU Steve might say, "I don't want to kill anyone, I just don't like bullies," but I don't think even knowing all the shit about the USA's actions would stop him loving America and fighting for it -- even if that came in the form of opposing the current government. Oh, and one final point: I love that Hawkeye and Cap are bros.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Helena R-D

    I honestly didn't know what I was expecting, but this story was not it. Too graphic and plain disturbing. It was very close to gore porn. Not to mention the hypocrisy inherent in showing the mistakes of the government and digging up painful history and not addressing it properly. I was honestly disgusted and disturbed and will NOT touch anything in the Ultimates universe again. I get that they are supposed to be making the characters gritty, but this was gratuitous and horribly done. I'm I honestly didn't know what I was expecting, but this story was not it. Too graphic and plain disturbing. It was very close to gore porn. Not to mention the hypocrisy inherent in showing the mistakes of the government and digging up painful history and not addressing it properly. I was honestly disgusted and disturbed and will NOT touch anything in the Ultimates universe again. I get that they are supposed to be making the characters gritty, but this was gratuitous and horribly done. I'm sticking to Ed Brubaker's depiction of Cap and Bucky, thank you very much.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Sam Quixote

    Cap finds out that while he was frozen in ice for 50 years, a new super soldier was made, a new Captain America for the Vietnam era, and that this other Cap has gone crazy and become anti-American. While tracking him down to bring him in for the murder of American soldiers, Cap is caught by Vietnam Cap and the darker side of American military history is expounded on and the torture begins... Jason Aaron takes on scribe duties in this book and I've enjoyed his work on the new Punisher Max series, Cap finds out that while he was frozen in ice for 50 years, a new super soldier was made, a new Captain America for the Vietnam era, and that this other Cap has gone crazy and become anti-American. While tracking him down to bring him in for the murder of American soldiers, Cap is caught by Vietnam Cap and the darker side of American military history is expounded on and the torture begins... Jason Aaron takes on scribe duties in this book and I've enjoyed his work on the new Punisher Max series, Kingpin and Bullseye, and the darkness he brings to those books is definitely present here. Cap is drained of blood day by day and finds that the Vietnamese villagers that are being injected with his blood are becoming super soldiers themselves. The torture of Cap is quite shocking (literally in one instance - in a very sensitive place!), and while the viciousness is righteous given the brutality which America has conducted wars in the last 60 years, it still seems strange to see this in a Captain America book. All to the good really to try new things with such a safe character, though what bothered me was the religious angle. I've never seen Cap as religious in any books so to see him doing things in God's name and reading from the Bible was disturbing, especially as I'd always thought he was agnostic/atheist. The artwork is quite shabby and lets the book down. Cap doesn't look like Cap, he looks like an impersonator in some panels, and overall the shaggy inking doesn't lend itself well to crowd or action scenes which just look messy. While I thought it was an interesting and contemporary take on a well known character, the artwork and ending let it down for me, though Aaron is savvy enough to throw some doubt into the mix. A decent book but there are better Captain America books out at the moment, particularly Mark Millar's New Avengers and Ed Brubaker's The Marvels Project if you're interested in the origins of Cap and Bucky. "Ultimate Captain America" is ultimately disappointing.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Thom

    So, "Ultimate" Captain America is nationalistic and xenophobic, which is kind of what people unfamiliar with Captain America would probably expect anyway (being named "Captain America" and all.) Normal Captain America struggling with his ideals and what his country has become added a little depth to a superhero whose description otherwise amounts to "blast from the past who runs really fast and punches really hard." Turning him into an apologist for the atrocities America committed in the So, "Ultimate" Captain America is nationalistic and xenophobic, which is kind of what people unfamiliar with Captain America would probably expect anyway (being named "Captain America" and all.) Normal Captain America struggling with his ideals and what his country has become added a little depth to a superhero whose description otherwise amounts to "blast from the past who runs really fast and punches really hard." Turning him into an apologist for the atrocities America committed in the twenty-first century takes away his depth and makes you kind of hate his politics. Okay, I can accept that since the Ultimate universe, when it works, works because of subtle tweaks in established backstories while still respecting them. The problem is that that character doesn't really need his own title, or if he has one it shouldn't glamorize and focus on his jingoism and small-mindedness. Ultimate Comics Captain America vol 1 does exactly that, and it sucks. The story doesn't feel believable or relatable and it just sort of keeps in line with the more annoying theme constant in the Ultimate universe: bigotry. If you're looking for a Captain America title I would recommend something by Ed Brubaker.

  11. 4 out of 5

    David

    I suppose, when the concept of the Ultimate Marvel Universe was introduced to writers, they took the drive to make Comics more adult to mean "Make Everyone an Angry Misanthrope." Literally every character in this series is jerk. Cap to me has always been more like a DC character, in the sense that he is motivated by ideals (being of course from the beginning an embodiment of what is good about the United States). This quality seems to be missing from Ultimate Cap, his characterization here being I suppose, when the concept of the Ultimate Marvel Universe was introduced to writers, they took the drive to make Comics more adult to mean "Make Everyone an Angry Misanthrope." Literally every character in this series is jerk. Cap to me has always been more like a DC character, in the sense that he is motivated by ideals (being of course from the beginning an embodiment of what is good about the United States). This quality seems to be missing from Ultimate Cap, his characterization here being more along the lines of a bad stereotype of an American of the Greatest Generation (Keep Clint Eastwood in Gran Torino in mind- with fewer redeeming qualities.) The bent of every character to behave this way makes this book unpleasant to read, almost on a subconscious level, as though you were giving a speech to 500 people and every single one of them was scowling at you. Marvel Comics need to lighten up.

  12. 4 out of 5

    John

    For a comic book comprised of two men essentially beating the crap out of each other for four issues, this is a surprisingly entertaining read. Aaron is great at gritty, no frills storytelling, and doesn't disappoint, while the art is suitably bold & kinetic. A fun alternate take on Cap.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Steve Tetreault

    What it's about: In Marvel's "Ultimate" universe, when Steve Rogers was lost after WWII, the government tried to create a replacement. Frank Simpson became the Captain America of Vietnam, and it broke him. Now the original Captain America is back, and the two enter a deadly clash about what "America" truly is. What I thought: Meh. I do not like the Ultimate version of Captain America. He's okay with being rude and mean, and he leans heavily on Christianity. These are not qualities I associate What it's about: In Marvel's "Ultimate" universe, when Steve Rogers was lost after WWII, the government tried to create a replacement. Frank Simpson became the Captain America of Vietnam, and it broke him. Now the original Captain America is back, and the two enter a deadly clash about what "America" truly is. What I thought: Meh. I do not like the Ultimate version of Captain America. He's okay with being rude and mean, and he leans heavily on Christianity. These are not qualities I associate with Steve Rogers; I think of him as Marvel's version of Superman, the Big Blue Boyscout. I know the Ultimate universe is a chance for Marvel to show their heavy hitters in a different, grittier light, and I can get behind that kind of story; but in this case, it just feels like a corruption of an ideal. Why I rated it like I did: See above. I also felt like, story-wise, there wasn't much to it.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Simon

    Picked this up on sale for $5. Was great bargain find. Cap is taken hostage by crazed super soldier even stronger than him. Gripping story, with just the right length (4 issues) Loved the clever references to miracles and faith.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Eric Mikols

    Like the Ultimate Thor solo, this is merely fine but doesn't really do anything interesting. I'm starting to think that the Ultimate version of Captain America should only be written by Mark Millar because he's the only one who writes him as likable jerk who's actually likable.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Paxton Holley

    Good story about Cap going up against the insane "Captain America of Vietnam".

  17. 5 out of 5

    Frans Kempe

    Captain America finds himself up against another american supersoldier.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Andrew Sorrentino

    Excellent story, excellent art. Graphic violence. Awesome final panel.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Andy

    This one was a little forgiving of the US, even for Captain America. They called Nixon the most evil man to ever exist, which, although he is horrible, ignores a lot of worse people. It was also a little religiously preachy, which I wasn't a fan of. It was easy to follow and overall a good study of Cap's American loyalty, it just went about it in a kind of icky way.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Justin

    This hardcover collects the 4-issue Ultimate Comics: Captain America limited series by Jason Aaron (Wolverine) and veteran Captain America artist Ron Garney. In this dark and often disturbing tale, Aaron introduces a super soldier - Captain America's replacement when he was on ice - from the Vietnam War era who has gone rogue and is less than pleased by the original Cap's return to the world stage. This was my first exposure to Jason Aaron's writing, and I came away with mixed feelings. He This hardcover collects the 4-issue Ultimate Comics: Captain America limited series by Jason Aaron (Wolverine) and veteran Captain America artist Ron Garney. In this dark and often disturbing tale, Aaron introduces a super soldier - Captain America's replacement when he was on ice - from the Vietnam War era who has gone rogue and is less than pleased by the original Cap's return to the world stage. This was my first exposure to Jason Aaron's writing, and I came away with mixed feelings. He obviously enjoys the darker side of comic storytelling (not to mention films like Apocalypse Now and A Clockwork Orange, and this story is well suited for the Ultimate Universe. I found the story disturbing more than once, and the ending irritated me, but he does give you something to think about, and this is definitely not a "read once and forget about it" kind of story. I did enjoy his take on the Nuke character, and his Cap was very much the unstoppable and unyielding Captain America from Mark Millar's Ultimates series. The artwork complemented the story perfectly. I remember Ron Garney's solid run on Captain America with Mark Waid back in the `90s, but he's definitely come a long way since then. He has a very distinct style that's very dynamic and more than a little similar to the Kubert brothers. His fight scenes in particular are quite eye-catching. It's not the origin story I was hoping for (especially after reading Ultimate Comics Thor), but this is a pretty impressive Captain America project. If you're a fan of the Ultimates series, it's a must have. If you're looking for a good Captain America starting point to familiarize yourself with the character ahead of the upcoming movie though, this probably isn't it. I'd recommend The Ultimates: Ultimate Collection, Vol. 1 or Captain America Omnibus, Vol. 1 before coming back to this collection.

  21. 5 out of 5

    arjuna

    This could have been disastrously silly, but Aaron pulls it off, for the most part - what happens when you throw the Captain up against the reality of less-than-ideal America? when the somewhat cozy, soft-focus historical ideals he seems to represent encounter the unpleasantness of realpolitik? Can't discuss it without spoilers, but suffice to say that Aaron manages to bring the two self-images of America (personified here by Steve Rogers and his Vietnam-era replacement) together, let each be This could have been disastrously silly, but Aaron pulls it off, for the most part - what happens when you throw the Captain up against the reality of less-than-ideal America? when the somewhat cozy, soft-focus historical ideals he seems to represent encounter the unpleasantness of realpolitik? Can't discuss it without spoilers, but suffice to say that Aaron manages to bring the two self-images of America (personified here by Steve Rogers and his Vietnam-era replacement) together, let each be heard, and resolve it in a way which (mostly) manages to compromise neither. The Cap we see here is very John Wayne-like - abrasive, blinkered, and with the naively compassionate side we have seen elsewhere somewhat eclipsed; but he is by no means stupid, and still true to the spirit of the character - and if manifesting his intelligence and belief in this way is somewhat uncomfortable, well, no harm is done; if anything it serves the story better than a more sympathetic portrayal would have. I can't give it five stars - the story is complicated rather than genuinely difficult, and suffers from the trad-Cap-victory imperative; it also takes an easy route in portraying Cap's opponent as unbalanced (and I have to agree with Sam Quixote about the inyerface Christianity bit (could have been handled more subtly) - but it deserves four for balls, for showing us a Cap who marches on despite the evil that men do under the banner he carries - without being blind to it. Serious patriotic people are not always admirable... or likeable. Highly enjoyable.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Joe Young

    Jason Aaron - writer Ron Garney - illustrator 3/5 stars The Ultimate universe is an alternate reality where the same superheroes who are in the regular Marvel universe came into existence during modern times and have characterizations that reflect that particular modernity. In this collection Ultimate Captain America has to track down and eliminate Frank Simpson (AKA Nuke) the only surviving member of the Supersoldier program of the Vietnam era. Nuke did some terrible things in Vietnam which Jason Aaron - writer Ron Garney - illustrator 3/5 stars The Ultimate universe is an alternate reality where the same superheroes who are in the regular Marvel universe came into existence during modern times and have characterizations that reflect that particular modernity. In this collection Ultimate Captain America has to track down and eliminate Frank Simpson (AKA Nuke) the only surviving member of the Supersoldier program of the Vietnam era. Nuke did some terrible things in Vietnam which eventually cost him his sanity, and he went native and disappeared into the jungle near Saigon. Years later he turns up trying to sell a Supersoldier serum to America's greatest enemies. Word of this treachery reaches Washington and Captain America is sent out to make things right. Jason Aaron is a top notch writer, but sadly this story is only good when it could be great. Ron Garney is a talented arist, but again his work on this collection was good-not-great. Overall, a solid read but it could have been better if fleshed out more. Recommended for Marvel comics fans.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Georgia

    This was okay, also strange and very short for a four-comic bind-up. Mainly I don't understand why Captain America got saved by a Godly miracle? I understand the premise of strong American religion in World War 2 when Cap was made into a Super Soldier and him being the forefront of that religious feeling but as a Marvel comic, having Cap saved from certain death by a snake "sent from God" seems like a bit of a cop-out to me? It just didn't sit right. I appreciate what the authors tried to do This was okay, also strange and very short for a four-comic bind-up. Mainly I don't understand why Captain America got saved by a Godly miracle? I understand the premise of strong American religion in World War 2 when Cap was made into a Super Soldier and him being the forefront of that religious feeling but as a Marvel comic, having Cap saved from certain death by a snake "sent from God" seems like a bit of a cop-out to me? It just didn't sit right. I appreciate what the authors tried to do with Vietnam War-Captain America but the real issues there were overlooked and rushed. The trauma that turned Vietnam War-Cap into the man portrayed in this bind-up is wholly underdeveloped and not given enough page space to make the backstory feel real. I think I will be moving to a different set of authors for the future of my Cap needs.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Scotty Cameron

    Ultimate Captain America has Captain America up against another Super Soldier by the Name of Nuke in other words the Captain America of Vietnam. Captain America goes rogue again to find answers about a secret SHIELD kept from him again. Captain America ends becoming Nuke's prisoner and learns about Vietnam's horrors until Cap. breaks loose. This reminds me of Batman Nightfall Nuke is basically like a Bane for Captain America. I really like how Nuke gives Cap. a history lesson though I will ask Ultimate Captain America has Captain America up against another Super Soldier by the Name of Nuke in other words the Captain America of Vietnam. Captain America goes rogue again to find answers about a secret SHIELD kept from him again. Captain America ends becoming Nuke's prisoner and learns about Vietnam's horrors until Cap. breaks loose. This reminds me of Batman Nightfall Nuke is basically like a Bane for Captain America. I really like how Nuke gives Cap. a history lesson though I will ask this Nuke where were you in Fallen Angels. I how Nuke describes Vietnam and all it's horrors and calls Richard Millhous Nixon as the most evil person ever for allowing innocent Vietnamese people to die when he pulled us out.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Jacobi

    I was trying to place what this book reminded me of, and it took some time, but it finally struck me that this book had a Preacher vibe to it. Mainly thanks to the healthy helping of Vietnam as a story impetus, but also how God was used. So that was interesting. I don't like Ultimate Cap. He's a dick. He's like the Punisher, only he talks a lot more, and I like to like Cap. He's like the cooler version of Superman, so reading a take on the character that's abrasive is a little rough. Couple that I was trying to place what this book reminded me of, and it took some time, but it finally struck me that this book had a Preacher vibe to it. Mainly thanks to the healthy helping of Vietnam as a story impetus, but also how God was used. So that was interesting. I don't like Ultimate Cap. He's a dick. He's like the Punisher, only he talks a lot more, and I like to like Cap. He's like the cooler version of Superman, so reading a take on the character that's abrasive is a little rough. Couple that with the antagonist in this story being an ever WORSE version than Ult Cap, and you have a story where there is no clear cut person to pull for. This book was all grey. But that cools because Aaron is the real deal. Garney is also perfect on art.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Mike

    So close Mr. Aaron, but in the end you chickened out eh? This was turning into a great meditation on the equivocal "heroism" of American geopolitical warfare - really looking hard at the shades of grey that live between jingoism and brutality. But unfortunately Aaron takes the cheap route out - just can't let anyone else look sane or rational if they disagree with Cap's worldview. Sad and frankly a little more like the kid-oriented comics in which I thought Aaron didn't dabble. I really enjoy the So close Mr. Aaron, but in the end you chickened out eh? This was turning into a great meditation on the equivocal "heroism" of American geopolitical warfare - really looking hard at the shades of grey that live between jingoism and brutality. But unfortunately Aaron takes the cheap route out - just can't let anyone else look sane or rational if they disagree with Cap's worldview. Sad and frankly a little more like the kid-oriented comics in which I thought Aaron didn't dabble. I really enjoy the adult, shades-of-grey work that's Aaron's specialty. This isn't quite it, but there are a few signs.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Brian Williams

    I have always liked the idea of there having been other Captain America's while Steve Rogers was frozen. I just think its a local process a government in the Marvel Universe would do during different times of war in American history. Now this concept is hitting head on in the Ultimate Universe. This story hits doing just what it was trying to do. It advances the character building of Captain America and puts a big highlight on one of the better characters of Ultimate Universe. Ron Garney has I have always liked the idea of there having been other Captain America's while Steve Rogers was frozen. I just think its a local process a government in the Marvel Universe would do during different times of war in American history. Now this concept is hitting head on in the Ultimate Universe. This story hits doing just what it was trying to do. It advances the character building of Captain America and puts a big highlight on one of the better characters of Ultimate Universe. Ron Garney has always been one of the best Cap artists in my opinion and the perfect fit for this story.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Subroto

    Picked it up because of Jason Aaron. And Jason does not disappoint with the main plot or the choice of his nemesis. What makes this book awesome is showing and pinning the other side of America we would all like to see - in fact in between reading it you check again whether this is a comic that too a Captain American one ! But that said - the ending just killed it ! Could have been much much powerful !

  29. 4 out of 5

    Daniel Burton-Rose

    As subversive as mainstream comics can get! A Captain America who went rogue in Vietnam in the early '70s captures a Cap whose been on ice since World War II, torturing him while reciting a litany of US war crimes that reads like Ward Churchill's On the Justice of Roosting Chickens. When the old Cap gets free, he still wonders if he's doing god's work or that of the devil.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Praxedes

    A very interesting twist on the 'Super Soldier' thread. It turns out that after Cap was lost during WWII, the project to create an ultimate soldier continued. Captain America meets one of them and the result is, well, violent. I don't want to be a spoiler so this is as far as my review will go. Do check this out!

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