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One oversized collection packed with three stories that cover the length and breadth of the larger-than-life legend of Captain America! First up, it's 1944, and wouldn't you know it? Them sneaky Nazis have managed to crack the secrets of electro-magnetic physics... yeah, that's right: apples may fall down in the free world, but schnitzels are falling up in the skies over a One oversized collection packed with three stories that cover the length and breadth of the larger-than-life legend of Captain America! First up, it's 1944, and wouldn't you know it? Them sneaky Nazis have managed to crack the secrets of electro-magnetic physics... yeah, that's right: apples may fall down in the free world, but schnitzels are falling up in the skies over a mysterious lab in a Polish forest, thanks to a little help from a nearby forced-labor camp. Sure, we could send in the Marines, but why bother when we've got Captain America?! Then, Howard Chaykin pulls back the Iron Curtain on one of Captain America's wiliest nemeses - Soviet Russia and her never-ending parade of spies, saboteurs, and fifth columnists. Collects America First, Operation: Zero Point, Theater of War TK


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One oversized collection packed with three stories that cover the length and breadth of the larger-than-life legend of Captain America! First up, it's 1944, and wouldn't you know it? Them sneaky Nazis have managed to crack the secrets of electro-magnetic physics... yeah, that's right: apples may fall down in the free world, but schnitzels are falling up in the skies over a One oversized collection packed with three stories that cover the length and breadth of the larger-than-life legend of Captain America! First up, it's 1944, and wouldn't you know it? Them sneaky Nazis have managed to crack the secrets of electro-magnetic physics... yeah, that's right: apples may fall down in the free world, but schnitzels are falling up in the skies over a mysterious lab in a Polish forest, thanks to a little help from a nearby forced-labor camp. Sure, we could send in the Marines, but why bother when we've got Captain America?! Then, Howard Chaykin pulls back the Iron Curtain on one of Captain America's wiliest nemeses - Soviet Russia and her never-ending parade of spies, saboteurs, and fifth columnists. Collects America First, Operation: Zero Point, Theater of War TK

30 review for Captain America: America First

  1. 5 out of 5

    Scott

    "The American 'super-soldier' . . . the Nazis truly fear you." - Lior, Polish resistance operative "They should . . ." - Captain America The back cover of America First promises "a trio of war-torn tales!" and that's about right, but to split hairs the first two are during Cap's salad days of WWII and the finale is during the Cold War. Each story also has a different author and artist. 'Operation: Zero Point' - Cap goes behind enemy lines to extricate a scientist from a Nazi weapons research & deve "The American 'super-soldier' . . . the Nazis truly fear you." - Lior, Polish resistance operative "They should . . ." - Captain America The back cover of America First promises "a trio of war-torn tales!" and that's about right, but to split hairs the first two are during Cap's salad days of WWII and the finale is during the Cold War. Each story also has a different author and artist. 'Operation: Zero Point' - Cap goes behind enemy lines to extricate a scientist from a Nazi weapons research & development facility. The unexpected roadblock in this mission? A towering, scarred 'kommandant' known as Der Metzger ('The Butcher'). 'Prisoners of Duty' - Pvt. Steve Rogers is injured / captured during battle and thrown into Bavarian castle-turned-POW camp. He leads his fellow Allies in planning a daring prison break. 'America First!' - set stateside during the 'Red Scare' of the early 50's, Cap matches wits/fists with an infamous Minnesota senator 'Senator Joe McMurphy' (Wisconsin senator Joe McCarthy anyone? *cough cough*). The politician accuses our beloved Cap of being a communist. Also features an appearance by a young, brash (as usual) Nick Fury. So the first two are great war / action stories, while the third is more of a government conspiracy angle, and as such feels like the odd man out here. However, it was a still a decent anthology.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Christian Smith

    "A collection of pretty nice captain America stories" Operation zero point: Art= B Story= C Prisoners of Duty: Art= B- Story=B- America First: Art=D Story=B+ "A collection of pretty nice captain America stories" Operation zero point: Art= B Story= C Prisoners of Duty: Art= B- Story=B- America First: Art=D Story=B+

  3. 4 out of 5

    Thomas Salerno

    An anthology of Captain America "one-shot" stories by a number of different writers and artists, similar to Captain America: Theater of War. A decent anthology overall; I am going to review and score each story individually. 1.) "Operation: Zero Point" - In this tale, set during World War II, Captain America must infiltrate a secret Nazi research facility that is building anti-gravity flying saucers powered by "zero-point energy". The art is solid, and the muted colors really help set the mood. T An anthology of Captain America "one-shot" stories by a number of different writers and artists, similar to Captain America: Theater of War. A decent anthology overall; I am going to review and score each story individually. 1.) "Operation: Zero Point" - In this tale, set during World War II, Captain America must infiltrate a secret Nazi research facility that is building anti-gravity flying saucers powered by "zero-point energy". The art is solid, and the muted colors really help set the mood. There are also some truly awesome splash pages as Cap blows up UFOs and punches SS officers in the face! There's an epic final fight between Cap and the facility's SS Kommandant, a man with a cybernetic eye and preternatural strength who goes by the moniker of "The Butcher". Captain America fighting Nazi UFOs and cyborg SS officers? What's not to like? Surprisingly for a story containing such bizarre elements, "Operation: Zero Point" is actually not campy at all. In fact, the tone is rather serious and brooding. And it actually works very well! The ending is poignant and bittersweet. 4 stars. 2.) "Prisoners of Duty" - Another tale set in WWII. This time, Captain America has been captured and is sent to a medieval German castle that has been converted into a POW camp. Cap must help his fellow prisoners escape to the advancing Allied front line. The artwork is kind of hit-or-miss in this story, but it tends towards the good. While not as action-packed as the previous tale, it has a similarly melancholy tone and also has a bittersweet ending. 4 stars. 3.) "America First" - The titular story of this volume, it is of markedly inferior quality to the others. The 1950's "Commie-Buster" Captain America (who is not the same person as the WWII Captain America, Steve Rogers, btw) must expose a cliched Joe McCarthy analogue called "Senator Joseph P. McMurphy" as a clandestine Soviet sleeper operative. This unimaginative premise is not helped at all by the sub-par writing and truly atrocious artwork. I am not exaggerating when I say this story is one of the ugliest-looking comics I have ever laid eyes on. The writer/artist Howard Chaykin simply does not know how to draw properly-proportioned humans, especially if they are doing anything other that standing motionless. And even then, they still sometimes look severely out of whack, if not just plain ugly. 1 star

  4. 5 out of 5

    Kacie

    Three different stand alone Captain America stories. The first two stories were from WWII, both stories were excellent with fantastic art. The final story took place during Cap's "Commie Smashing" days, it was confusing and ugly, and a reminder that not everything about Captain America is great. Three different stand alone Captain America stories. The first two stories were from WWII, both stories were excellent with fantastic art. The final story took place during Cap's "Commie Smashing" days, it was confusing and ugly, and a reminder that not everything about Captain America is great.

  5. 4 out of 5

    BCPL Youth Services Librarian

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  6. 5 out of 5

    Ondra Král

    Nic moc jsem od toho nečekal a dostal dva příjemné příběhy z WWII. Nejdelší příběh se pak odehrává během mccarthyismu a je bohužel po stránce scénáře nejslabší a hnusně nakreslený.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Shannon

    Three decent but irrelevant stories that are worth reading but do nothing to add to the mythos of Captain America. For fans of Cap, or just those looking to read a short, complete story.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Relstuart

    There are actually three stories here. The first was probably the one I enjoyed the most. A WWII Cap story where he goes behind enemy lines to rescue a scientist trying to defect. Good art and interesting story. Chaykin's art has never been my fav. This was on sale for four bucks and I picked it up thinking it is unlikely to be collected in omnibus format. Worth the money at that price. There are actually three stories here. The first was probably the one I enjoyed the most. A WWII Cap story where he goes behind enemy lines to rescue a scientist trying to defect. Good art and interesting story. Chaykin's art has never been my fav. This was on sale for four bucks and I picked it up thinking it is unlikely to be collected in omnibus format. Worth the money at that price.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Travis

    Collection of one shots featuring Captain America from different points in his history. The Howard Chaykin story, featuring 50's commie-busting Cap was my favorite. The rest of the stories are okay, there are no clunkers, but aside from Chaykin's nothing else really grabbed me and impressed me the same way. Collection of one shots featuring Captain America from different points in his history. The Howard Chaykin story, featuring 50's commie-busting Cap was my favorite. The rest of the stories are okay, there are no clunkers, but aside from Chaykin's nothing else really grabbed me and impressed me the same way.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Tuomas

    Great artwork, bad stories

  11. 4 out of 5

    Hannah Russell

  12. 4 out of 5

    Msbookworm

  13. 5 out of 5

    Simone

  14. 4 out of 5

    Nicole C

  15. 5 out of 5

    RL Botelho

  16. 4 out of 5

    enya

  17. 4 out of 5

    Meredith Groman

  18. 5 out of 5

    Brianf5

  19. 4 out of 5

    Dan

  20. 4 out of 5

    Heather

  21. 5 out of 5

    Michael Stromberg

  22. 4 out of 5

    Christie

  23. 5 out of 5

    Othan R. Balisan

  24. 4 out of 5

    Rock

  25. 5 out of 5

    Aleksey

  26. 5 out of 5

    Roger Goodworth

  27. 5 out of 5

    Daniel Butcher

  28. 4 out of 5

    Erica

  29. 4 out of 5

    Yosef Shapiro

  30. 5 out of 5

    Alicia Riley

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