Written by Ed Brubaker
Art by Steve Epting
+ Ultimate Origin for the 616 Marvel Universe.
+ Steve Epting's art. I've missed him on Captain America. Good to see he's still as amazing as I remember.
+ Silver Age wankery. These random 70th anniversary one-shots aside, you don't see much of Marvel's Golden/early Silver Age origins. Probably due to their sliding timeline and lack of reboots.
+ Reminds me of Marvels with its narration and focus on Marvel's past, but without the wide eyed civilian perspective.
- Slow, densely packed first issue that mostly sets up future conflicts, such as with Nick Fury off to extract Dr Erskine from Europe for use in the Super Soldier Program.
Verdict - Check It. While not a perfect issue, I quite enjoyed it and recommend it to everyone. It's a tad slow and dense, but never completely overwhelming and will reward future reads, especially when the series is complete. Trade wait it might be a better recommendation, but I think it will read well in singles, too.