Title: Captain America & Thor: Avengers! (One-Shot)
Author: Fred van Lente
Artist: Ron Lim
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Rating: All Ages
Release date: July 6, 2011
This is what always happens when one of the Big 2 companies (aka Marvel & DC) releases a movie,or movies, based on one or more of their properties. The crappy comic book tie-in issue. It’s always so surprising to me that something of such low quality, storywise, can come out around the same time as the movie is supposed to, and the company in question still thinks it’s a good idea. Wouldn’t it make more sense to get some of their top-notch creators to tackle these kinds of projects? Why not trade a bullpinner like Ron Lim for any one of Marvel’s big guns? It’s just a one shot. Having two top-tier artists as well as one of their “architects” to write the story on board, and you’ve got something worthwhile. Is it that Marvel has given up on trying to get movie-goers into the comic book shops? I’m guessing yes. Did they just release a hunk of garbage like this so that they can have something on the shelf? It’s insulting. Especially since both Thor and Captain America have brand new series that we could have introduced to the movie-goers.
We may like to think that these superhero movies are actually geared towards kids, but it’s painfully obvious that they’re not. These movies are being made for people in their 20’s and 30’s and beyond, and I believe that any comics that are released to tie into the movie property should reflect the actual age range of the audience. Both of the stories contained within this one-shot were childish and could not hold a torch to the amazing jobs being done by creators like Ed Brubaker, Matt Fraction, Steve McNiven and Olivier Coipel on the respective monthly series. Marvel should have just released an issue containing the stories from Mighty Thor #1 and Captain America #1. That would have shown the movie going public that Marvel’s top quality creators are working on their franchise characters. HEY MARVEL: Opportunity missed!!
One thing I will say is that Ron Lim’s artwork wasn’t all that bad. The man can give us a good rendition of both of the movie versions of Captain America and Thor, and I wouldn’t mind seeing Mr. Lim get more work in Marvel’s main universe one of these days on some of their interesting characters. Did anyone else check out this one-shot? What did you think? Was your review as harsh as mine? Sound off in our handy comments section below…
The Hollywood trade press is reporting that Marvel Studios has offered the coveted role of Captain America to Chris Evans, also known as the man who played Johnny Storm, aka The Human Torch, in the both of Fox’s Fantastic Four films. At this point the trades are just reporting that he’s been offered the role, but there is no confirmation at this time whether or not Mr. Evans has accepted the role. You would think that this would be a no-brainer, but there is a big catch attached to the role. Marvel’s plan is for the new Captain America to appear in a ton of Marvel hero films. At least 9 as of right now. These include Joe Johnston’s Captain America film as well as the Avengers film(s) maybe Thor, and any further sequels. Once confirmation is given, we’ll update and let you all know. Stay tuned…
Former Comic Book Shoppe employee Boris Kit (that’s right; he was one of us), who now works as a Hollywood Insider, has all but confirmed the report stating that Chris Evans has accepted the role of Captain America. Click here to see the rest of the story.