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Captain America: First Vengeance #1

Captain America: The First Avenger #1: First Vengeance

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The OFFICIAL comics prequel to the Marvel Studios summer blockbuster begins here! Find out how Captain America set down the path to become the First Avenger!

13 pages, Kindle Edition

First published February 16, 2011

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Fred Van Lente

1,354 books276 followers
Fred Van Lente is the New York Times-bestselling author of comics as varied as Archer & Armstrong (Harvey Award nominee, Best Series), Taskmaster, MODOK's 11, Amazing Spider-Man, Conan the Avenger, Weird Detective, and Cowboys & Aliens (upon which the 2011 movie was based), as well as the novels Ten Dead Comedians and The Con Artist.

Van Lente also specializes in entertaining readers with offbeat histories with the help of his incredibly talented artists. He has written the multiple-award winning Action Philosophers!, The Comic Book History of Comics, Action Presidents! (all drawn by Ryan Dunlavey), and The Comic Book Story of Basketball with Joe Cooper (Ten Speed September 2020).

He lives in Brooklyn with his wife Crystal Skillman, and some mostly ungrateful cats.

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Profile Image for Sara.
369 reviews322 followers
May 22, 2019
This is a quick read, shows some of Cap's origins but doesn't give enough to really satisfy you.
The artwork is really good and of course its always nice to spend time with Captain America and Bucky.
Profile Image for Ankit Saxena.
424 reviews172 followers
August 23, 2018

Well it's a nice start and Captain America has always been the smartest Avengers, sharing the title with Stark obviously. Good story and I enjoyed it
Profile Image for Jennifer.
476 reviews31 followers
June 27, 2016
(Note: I'm adding this to my tv/movie/gaming tie-in shelf, because this is a prequel to the first MCU Cap movie.)

I'm not a big reader of comics, I'll say that up front. And when I do read comics, I prefer graphic novels that compile several issues in one.That being said, I'm not sure how much weight you should give this review. I downloaded this because I love the CA movies, and it was free.

This is the first of eight issues that make up the series. It was super short, it didn't have much text, and I think it took me less than five minutes to read. I know it's the first part of a series, but I think there could have been a little bit more story.

The artwork? I'm probably not the best person to ask, but it was ok as well. Not horrible, not fantastic.
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145 reviews7 followers
January 27, 2016
This is a comic about Captain America. It is only short with not many words and filled with artwork that I thought was very good.

I've always like Captain America after seeing the films and this is what made me interested in this free comic. But sadly there didn't seem to be any story to it. Sure you see Steve meet Bucky but other than that nothing happens. It ends on a cliffhanger that frustrated me because it left the story half told.

I would say this was aimed more at young readers and that's who I would recommend it to. This hasn't put me of Captain America, this comic just wasn't for me.
Profile Image for Naiara.
9 reviews
January 7, 2016
It was nice to see Captain America fighting and what I liked the most was showing how he met Bucky (The Winter Soldier).
Profile Image for Dave.
76 reviews2 followers
July 9, 2019
Bit short and sweet, will have to get the full novel...
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Author 3 books71 followers
March 29, 2017
I wasn't expecting much from this after the whole Cap working for Hydra fiasco last year and I only got this because it was free. I do love a bit of Marvel and decided why not? If it was shit, it was shit and I upped my reading challenge by a book.

I was amazed by this, left in wonder. Very quickly, I found myself enamoured by the action, the artwork, the story. The flashbacks of this universe were adorable and I loved them. They leave you with some unanswered questions and this was a qualm for me, but at the end of the day, they have to get you to read the comic series after #0, no?

This was great and I'd recommend it to all Marvel lovers.
Profile Image for Rachael C Marek.
82 reviews3 followers
January 23, 2019
A similar backstory to the MCU version of Cap, there was nothing new included in this short start. Just when the action began, the first in the series came to an end, but the artwork is vivid. Without doing any research into the remainder of the series, if it follows along the movie storyline, there really isn't much reason to continue.

I think I got the digital copy for free, so I can't complain too much. :)
Profile Image for Isa (Bookishlifetime).
354 reviews31 followers
June 12, 2017
I liked it, it was short, yes but that's how these comics work! I loved how they added the flashbacks and what they did with the characters: it really feels like you see them in a different perspective.
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1,172 reviews62 followers
June 14, 2019
Artwork: excellent, dialogue: on point, overall enjoyability: top-notch. As this is a prequel to the first Captain America film I think that any MCU fan would appreciate getting this comic (and the series that follows which I plan on doing when I have the opportunity). It is worth reading.
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May 11, 2020
It is a amazing book i and my brother loved reading 📚 it . Thank you Free Van Kanye for such a amazing book😊😊😊😊

Excellent book

5 star book . Wanted to read more and more . I love captain America thankypu

Loved it
April 26, 2018
Hardly anything of what I thought it would be

Too short and has hardly any action a captain America should start of with a little bit more action for my liking
Profile Image for Jamie Penwell.
367 reviews22 followers
October 11, 2019
Flash to the past

I really like how this comic seem to take you in to flashes of his past. Showing you how he did become what he wanted and how he still remembers his mama advice
Profile Image for Jason Reed.
125 reviews8 followers
January 2, 2020
Quick read - good origin story - some details the movies missed. It's free, so enjoy it.
2 reviews
June 1, 2020
Quick read

If your a fan of comics you'll enjoy this. The page turning kind of looks like your watching a movie.
Profile Image for Philmore Olazo.
Author 8 books2 followers
January 16, 2023
Nice quick story prequel to Captain America: The First Avenger that simply shows us that the drive for justice and never giving up attitude has always been part of Steve Rogers.
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58 reviews55 followers
March 2, 2021
This prequel is a few-minute long read, and a great introduction to Captain America. There isn't a lot of story shared, but enough that I am interested in reading the rest of series.
1 review
March 14, 2017
Great Read

This is a very exciting book

I liked it very much.

Great read for Captain America fans of all ages
Profile Image for David Caldwell.
1,673 reviews32 followers
December 31, 2015
This is a short comic that sets up for the first Captain America movie. You get to see one of the reasons that Steve Rogers is so driven. You also get to see the first meeting between Steve and Bucky.

While there is nothing really wrong with this comic, it feels more like one of the teaser scenes at the end of the Marvel movies than a real story. If you have seen the movie (and if you haven't by now than you probably aren't planning on seeing it) than this will all be old information and not add to the story really.

Still, the artwork was nice. I did get it as a free download. Free is always good. Good for a quick read but not truly special.
Profile Image for J.S. Young.
Author 2 books20 followers
October 11, 2015
This seemed so pointless in it's existence yet I enjoyed it. It was a pleasant 5 minutes spent I'd say. I liked the introduction of Bucky to Steve like them actually meeting. It was nice to have it depicted. And Captain America kicking ass is always fun.
Profile Image for Sarah Spelbring.
Author 13 books8 followers
October 10, 2016
It's very short, but emotional, we see and excerpt from Captain Rogers' life that not many get to see - a scene with his sick mother encouraging him to never give up.

As a Captain America fan, I loved it.
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