July 21, 2024

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Noteworthy Issues: Avengers: Twilight #2 (January, 2024)

Steve Rogers tries to make people see things are bad with a speech.

I have said it before, and I will say it again:  I am a real sucker for stories set in bad futures.  Heroes so rarely get to age, it’s nice to see them as older folks still trying to save the day.

But man, this future is a really dark one…

Issue:  Avengers: Twilight #2, January 2024

Writer:  Chip Zdarsky

Artist:  Daniel Acuna

The Plot:  Captain America alone can’t fix America, but he damn sure is gonna try!

Commentary:  I think I really like when Chip Zdarsky writes something because, well, it’s always the sort of smart storytelling I like even with established characters he can only do so much with.  Granted, the Avengers as older characters in a dystopian future allows for a lot more freedom, but there’s a feel that Zdarsky just gets these characters.  I still don’t know exactly what happened, but by the time this issue ends, I at least know who the villains are, and one of them isn’t all that surprising.

But this issue does show, basically, the limits of Captain America’s power.  He’s just one guy, and while he does have Luke Cage’s underground resistance group The Defenders to help out, the US Government, or more accurately Jarvis’s evil brother and the rotten son of Iron Man and the Wasp have the Thunderbolts, an elite military group designated to bring down superhumans, and they have their own Bullseye, a woman of color who actually seems to be somewhat sympathetic to what Cap stands for.

Not that it helps.  The world is different, and Steve Rogers without evidence of wrongdoing can’t get many people to help out, but there are strands of other Avengers out there, including one Steve long thought dead.  I can really get into this sort of thing, especially with Acuna’s appropriately dark and murky artwork.

Grade:  A-