All New Classic Captain Canuck #1 & 2
Writer: Ed Brisson
Artist: George Freeman
Colorist: Laurie E. Smith
Letterer: Ed Brisson
Review by Josh Canales
Action-packed. Hilarity. Time travelling. Canadians. What more could you ask for from a superhero comic? Ed Brisson brings all of that and so much more to the table with All New Classic Captain Canuck!
Our hero is lost in time with only a piece of unintelligible alien tech to bring him home, and we get to go along for the ride. What a ride it is, as Captain Canuck randomly guesses where and when he is travelling, he runs into some trouble. From cavemen to shining knights to cowboys Canuck doesn’t give up on finding his way home, all the while he is unaware that he is being hunted. Running into the now time-travelling villains from the 80s, the Sonic Squad, he is forced to stand his ground in the late 1800s. After being blindsided by an unexpected member of his enemies, local cowboys come to his rescue. Yet the rescue is short lived when a third party enters the fray: aliens.
These first two issues are a good introduction to the character and world of Captain Canuck, but I couldn’t help feeling like I was missing things at times. Prior knowledge of that world would have helped with understanding certain things, but as an avid comic reader I was still able to get the gist of what I was missing. The story is full of action as well as inner-monologues from the Captain, explaining the basics of his backstory and how he got in this current situation. As I’m sure many have guessed, Captain Canuck is the Canadian analogue of Captain America, his morals and fighting seem to be more-or-less the same, only missing a big maple leaf shield. Putting himself and his way home at risk, he knows he has to help those in need, especially when he is what drew the trouble towards the innocents. Captain Canuck is a strong representation of what a hero is supposed to be.
George Freeman’s art has an incredibly classic feel to it. While it’s nothing jaw-dropping, the art flows well and fits great with the book’s title. Laurie E. Smith’s colors perfectly compliment Freeman’s classic look, while still adding a slightly more modern feel to the book at the same time. These two together make for fun fight scenes, interesting backgrounds, and some really strange aliens, you really couldn’t ask for a better team on this book.
Buy It. Buy it all. ChapterHouse did great with bringing this team together on this book, they fit together so well. In this day and age, we need a true Captain to be a hero, one who would never stab his country in the back unlike others. Captain Canuck is that hero.