Unfortunately, the first issue of All-New Captain America does little to refute this idea. After an opening in which we learn a little of Sam's background and how he came to believe in The American Dream, the rest of the issue is strictly business as usual. All the talk about things never being the same proved to be just that - talk. Doubtlessly this will be a relief to those who were enjoying Rick Remender's work on the recent Marvel Now! Captain America series but those hoping for an exciting new direction will be sorely disappointed.
The artwork is similarly competent but unremarkable. Stuart Immonen's characters look artificially posed but at least the action sequences are well blocked and easy to follow. The inks by Wade Von Grawbadger are erratic, being limited on some pages to simple black outlines around the characters and so heavy as to obscure the artwork completely on others! All in all, there is little to recommend this series to those who aren't already reading Captain America.