December 5, 2021

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Comic Review: Captain America Volume 2

Steve Rogers went to jail for a crime he didn't commit, but the warden doesn't much care.

Once again, I find myself coming back to something I liked but set aside for a good long while, and once again, I have no explanation for it.  I really dug writer Ta-Nehisi Coates’s first volume of Captain America.

Well, I got back to it again with the second volume, subtitled Captain of Nothing.

At the end of the previous volume, Steve Rogers was arrested for the murder of Thaddeus “Thunderbolt” Ross.  Steve, of course, didn’t do it, but most people don’t understand he isn’t the Captain America who overthrew the country on behalf of Hydra during the Secret Empire storyline.  So, it isn’t much of a surprise that Steve goes to prison and a lot of people think he deserves it.

Of course, the prison he goes to is set up for superhuman criminals in the middle of the ocean.  There are power dampeners in the walls to keep the superhumans from using their abilities, and Steve’s supersoldier serum-enhanced abilities seem to count there.  And to top it all off, the warden is Baron Wolfgang von Strucker.  Strucker likes to put his depowered inmates in an arena with himself and show the rest of the inmates the beatdown he was personally administering.

Now, Steve knows his time will come at some point, and that means he needs to escape.  He’s still, in his own mind, Captain America, and there are people out there working to get him out one way or the other.  Most notably, that comes from a group of female superheroes, street level types, mostly former Avengers, calling themselves the Daughters of Liberty.

But even if he isn’t Captain America, and even if he isn’t armed with his shield or have full use of his supersoldier abilities, he’s still Steve Rogers, and Steve Rogers is a man who really appreciates freedom in all its forms.

I said for the previous volume that I felt like Coates got more comfortable with the medium than he was on his early Black Panther issues, and it shows here as well.  The story flows well, and Coates does a good job of getting the greater themes and mystery out there, and the final few pages leave one hell of a big question mark going forward.  I wasn’t too thrilled with the artwork on the previous volume, but this one had Adam Kubert on art duties, and his work is more to my liking.  Overall, this was a step up for a series I was already enjoying.  Once again, I hope I get back to it sooner, but I also know how that usually works out for me.

9 out of 10 title conscious supervillains.

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