(W) Nick Spencer (A/CA) Jesus Saiz
In Shops: Jul 26, 2017
SECRET EMPIRE TIE-IN!
• Steve Rogers has won over the hearts and minds of the people – save one! Unfortunately, that one is the person closest to him, the one he cares about the most. And so Sharon Carter has a fateful decision to make…
I did my best going into reading Captain America: Steve Rogers #17 with an open mind as I’ve not been impressed with the greater Secret Empire storyline. There’s some good here as it fills in some gaps and answer questions that have been out there like Magneto’s role in Roger’s Nazi Hydra empire, a bit more about the Inhuman internment, and generally Rogers’ justification of it all.
The crux of the story is a sit down interview with Steve Rogers where all questions are on the table except the mass murder he committed in Las Vegas. What follows is a comic that doesn’t quite fit into what’s depicted in other series and generally is a poor attempt at justification in the guise of storytelling. Reported Sally Floyd is chosen to interview Rogers as she also interviewed him during the Civil War (which opens up a who bunch of interesting things with Cap being Hydra then that hasn’t really been explained). She’s given instructions by Dr. Faustus as to not ask about Las Vegas (which also questions why Faustus doesn’t mind control her to not do it).
The resulting comic is a back and forth poor attempt at Frost/Nixon with the reporter acting as a foil for us readers to understand Rogers’ thinking of this all. More jobs are mentioned, national security and safety are brought up, pretty much the usual things that justify fascism and the Hydra take over.
There are some big issues in that Las Vegas is shown as a giant crater in the ground, which contradicts what we saw in Secret Empire #2 with some heroes trying to save survivors. But… details. And for a group that’s all about symbolism and co-opting, why is Cap in green fatigues instead of his uniform?
But, the difficulty of this issue is not just the lack of creativity, it’s the issue it feels like Nick Spencer is attempting to justify the story to us the reader with some subtle jabs along the ways to his “haters.” It’s no secret there’s been lots of criticism, from this site included, and there’s been a willingness of comic readers and fans to speak up about the tone deafness of it all. Unfortunately, like he did in Captain America: Sam Wilson, Spencer feels like he has taken that real world conversation and moved it to the page spoken through Captain America, again making it apparent that the characters are nothing but mouthpieces for him as opposed to his attempting to properly channel the character themselves.
If a bland story wasn’t enough of a reason to skip this issue, the are by Andres Guinaldo and Ramon Bachs with colors by Rachelle Rosenberg is stilted and just odd at times. Rogers doesn’t look like Rogers and short cuts of lack of detail are too often the case and too hard to ignore. The comic looks and feels like a second tier event spin off comic which too often have questionable art and feel like cash ins. What makes it all worse is there are moments when the art is great, the above is an example (I like how it’s framed).
With art that’s just not up to par and a story that feels like a writer attempting to justify an entire event, Captain America: Steve Rogers #17 falls flat in so many ways. It’s another example of a poorly thought out event that’s being driven in odd ways with mixed messages. An issue that gives a little more depth feels more like a Twitter rant justifying its own existence.
Story: Nick Spencer Art: Andres Guinaldo and Ramon Bachs Color: Rachelle Rosenberg
Story: 5.0 Art: 5.0 Overall: 5.0 Recommendation: Pass
You read that right! Yes, X-Men Trading Cards. As a team comprised of some of the most fan-favorite mutants ever assembled join forces in the pages of July’s Astonishing X-Men #1, Marvel is bringing the fanfare and returning to one of the most iconic pieces of X-Men history by one of its most famed artists! To celebrate the launch of this must-read new series, Marvel’s Merry Mutants take your comic shop by storm throughout the month of July for a series of nearly thirty X-Men Trading Card Variants by legendary artist Jim Lee!
Remastered and recolored from the original trading cards, relive this iconic era of the Children of the Atom with a series of eye-popping covers. Originally penciled by legendary X-Men artist Jim Lee with inker Scott Williams, colorists such as Jesus Aburtov, Israel Silva & Chris Sotomayor apply modern coloring techniques to these classic masterpieces!
Look for these can’t-miss X-Men Trading Card Variants on your favorite Marvel titles, coming exclusively to comic shops throughout the month of July:
ALL-NEW WOLVERINE #22 (Archangel)
AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #30 (Bishop)
AVENGERS #9 (Mystique)
BLACK PANTHER #16 (Storm)
CABLE #3 (Cable)
CAPTAIN AMERICA: STEVE ROGERS #19 (Gambit)
CHAMPIONS #10 (Cyclops)
DAREDEVIL #23 (Domino)
DEADPOOL #33 (Deadpool)
DEFENDERS #3 (Shadow King)
DOCTOR STRANGE #23 (Mr. Sinister)
GENERATION X #4 (Jubilee)
GWENPOOL, THE UNBELIEVABLE #18 (White Queen)
INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #9 (Colossus)
IRON FIST #5 (Sabretooth)
JEAN GREY #4 (Dark Phoenix)
MIGHTY THOR #21 (Sentinel)
MS. MARVEL #20 (Lady Deathstrike)
OLD MAN LOGAN #26 (Professor X)
PETER PARKER: THE SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN #2 (Psylocke)
Three of the hottest titles on the stands. Three sold out comics. Marvel has announced that X-Men Prime #1, America #2 and Captain America: Steve Rogers #15 have all sold out at the distributor level (though copies may still be available at retail) and will immediately return for new printings! These three books are lighting up the industry, and now is your chance to get in on all the excitement!
First up, she’s the leader of the Ultimates. She punches so hard she can shatter the barriers between dimensions. And fans everywhere can’t stop talking about her new series! After a lightning-quick sell out of issue #1, America #2 is headed back for a new printing! What are you waiting for? Don’t miss the series that has fans buzzing!
Then, the RessurXion begins as Marvel’s Merry Mutants kick off a new beginning in X-Men Prime #1. It’s back to basics as Kitty Pryde returns to reclaim her rightful place alongside the X-Men. In the wake of their war with the Inhumans, the stage is set for a bright new beginning! Featuring lead-in stories for the highly anticipated X-Men Gold, X-Men Blue and Weapon X – this is not one to miss!
Finally, the road to the upcoming Secret Empire rolls on in Captain America #15! As Hydra’s tentacles slowly work their way across the Marvel Universe, the final seeds of Captain America’s master plan are laid here. There’s only one thing standing in his way – his arch-nemesis the Red Skull! Locked in combat once again, Captain America is done playing games and looks to put an end to the Skull once and for all!
Don’t miss these epic titles when they return to comic shops in the month of May!
AMERICA #2 SECOND PRINTING
Written by GABBY RIVERA
Art by JOE QUINONES & MING DOYLE
Cover by JOE QUINONES
X-MEN PRIME #1 SECOND PRINTING
Written by MARC GUGGENHEIM, CULLEN BUNN & GREG PAK
Art by KEN LASHLEY, LEONARD KIRK & IBRAIM ROBERSON
Cover by KEN LASHLEY
CAPTAIN AMERICA: STEVE ROGERS #15 SECOND PRINTING
Written by NICK SPENCER
Art by JAVIER PINA & ANDRES GUINALDO
Cover by GABRIELE DELL’OTTO
(W) Nick Spencer (A) Javier Pina (CA) Gabriele Dell’Otto
In Shops: Apr 05, 2017
Only one man can lead Hydra into a new age of dominance and superiority! The Red Skull believes that he is that man! But Captain America thinks otherwise… It’s a no-holds-barred final throwdown that you will not believe!