Review: Captain America #2
Distrusted by a nation that seems to have lost faith in him, Steve Rogers is a man out of time and out of options! Where can a now-unsanctioned Captain America turn for aid and assistance in order to stem the rise of the cabal of influence brokers known as the Power Elite?
I loved the first issue of Ta-Nehisi Coates‘ Captain America. The issue directly addressed the fact that it wasn’t too long ago that Steve Rogers was the face, and leader, of a fascist organization that took over America. It addressed the distrust that exists due to that and the fact he’s a man attempting to find his place in the world again. It questioned what he’s fighting for with echoes of the real world around us.
Captain America #2 is an excellent follow up focusing more on the Nukes running around terrorizing an America that’s putting itself together. They’re the tattered resistance, disgusted that those who stood up against Hydra and fascism are discarded for leadership and praise by those who rolled over so easy. It’s an issue that reminds us that true heroes and true villains are hard to find as they have an actual valid point. It also begs us to question what will happen in our real world once the Orange Cheeto and his Gestapo 2.0 are no longer in charge. Who will feel the same way attempting to take credit for the resistance while those who navigate politics so well slide in to fill the leadership void. These are the themes that Coates seems to be working with and the questions he’s asking the readers. This is a comic that entertains through the amazing action and also has deeper layers left for the reader to ruminate about.
That amazing action is in part due to Leinil Francis Yu’s beautiful art. The action is great giving us sequences worthy of a summer blockbuster of death defying stunts that are in no way realistic but lots of fun. Beyond the action though we get the pain and thoughts going through Rogers head in quieter times where he reflects on the situation. It all looks amazing.
This is a complete package of a comic that has lots of action on the surface and so much more below. While things are still being set up in Coates’ signature style, the ending leaves us questioning what’s next in a “I didn’t see that coming sort of way.” When a soldier and a patriot doesn’t have a country or government that believes in him, who might he turn to? What roads may he walk down? Are there others who better embody his ideals he can fight for? These are all questions we’re about to find answers to in what is an amazing run so far.
Story: Ta-Nehisi Coates Art: Leinil Francis Yu Cover Art: Alex Ross
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy
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