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Review: Captain America #4

With Sharon missing, Cap must single-handedly invade the stronghold of his enemies! But even if he makes it through, what’s waiting for him is a hundred times more formidable: Taskmaster!

Writer Ta-Nehisi Coates has been delivering a run on Captain America that feels as much as a conversation about the state of America as it is Captain America.

Captain America #4 continues “Winter in America” with Cap attempting to save Sharon Carter. While the issue could easily just be one big fight scene, and it really is, Coates uses it to explore the reality of it all. Through the punching Cap reflects on where things stand including the apparent betrayal by Thunderbolt Ross. He laments that individuals who have in the past wrapped themselves in the flag.

We can take this on face value and Cap is just talking about those he’s been battling in these issues but it’s hard to not pull back and think how much this applies to our real world. Through Captain America, Coates feels like he’s making a statement on current American politics and the willingness for a certain party to so easily turn their backs on the ideals they’ve wrapped themselves in for decades.

The art by Leinil Francis Yu is fantastic as expected. Joined by Gerry Alanguilan on ink, Sunny Gho on color, and Joe Caramagna on lettering, the art is beautiful to look at. The issue has a lot of action and a battle between Cap and Taskmaster stands out. Some of the details, especially showing the pain of the battle, are solid. The small touches add a lot to it all. And the mix of such action with Coates’ more introspective thoughts by Steve are an interesting combination.

The issue is another excellent entry from the team and Cap has been one that’s a mix of action and exploration of today’s America and the situations we face. It’s a superhero comic that makes you think and is a prime example that you can easily mix politics with superhero comics.

Story: Ta-Nehisi Coates Art: Leinil Francis Yu
Ink: Gerry Alanguilan Color: Sunny Gho Letterer: VC’s Joe Caramagna
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

Marvel provided Graphic Policy with a Free copy for review

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