Excelsior Award – Captain America: Castaway in Dimension Z Cap. Lost in Dimension Z

Collects Captain America (2012) #1-5. Thrust into a bizarre, inhospitable world far from home, the all-new, high-adventure, mind-melting, tough-as-nails, sci-fi, pulp-fantasy era of Captain America is NOW! Arnim Zola’s ambitions leave Captain America stranded in the upside-down territory known as Dimension Z. With no country and no allies, what’s left for the Sentinel of Liberty to protect?

Cap Rating

(Ratings are based on the original rating form for school children that can be found here)

 

Story

This is an interesting concept and different way of presenting Captain America, though unfortunately it’s not really my kind of thing. I’m not all into recognisable super heroes travelling into space and the future, and would have rather preferred seeing Cap in our comfortable world instead of the crazy one in this comic book. I suppose it worked, though, as I was intrigued as this volume ended on a cliff hanger and although I would like to find out what happens next, I’m not overly fussed if I don’t.

Artwork

2781787-captainamerica02_01 With bright colours this is drawn in true comic book style, though I can see why this was chosen for a children’s competition. The art work is what I describe as ‘cartoony’ but appeals to a younger audience.

Characters

Despite Zola being the stupidest super-villain in the world is was interesting reading how Cap reacts to the strange alien and his creatures and world. It’s interesting because so far I’ve only seen Cap responsible for the world before, and in this comic book he is responsible for a child in a world far away from his origins, older and wiser. Also, he has a beard. Swoon!

Dialogue

There is a lot of narration from Cap which makes this comic book very interesting. Despite being in a competition judged by 11-16 year olds there is a few risqué lines.

What the kids say

They really liked this comic. There are a lot of brilliant action sequences and they really liked the art work.

An interesting take on a Captain America who is forced to grow up and face this strange new world.

Author borrowed this from a library.