Captain America #695
Written By: Mark Waid
Pencils By: Chris Samnee
Colors By: Matthew Wilson
What You Missed:
He’s BAAAAAAACK, fresh off the heels of the earth shattering Secret Empire crossover, Steve Rogers is once again wearing the Red, White and Blue. And this time it’s really him.
What You’ll FInd Out:
Who IS Captain America? With the fallout of Secret Empire (HYDRA Cap anyone), and everything else that has happened lately, nobody seems to be sure. I would wager a guess that neither is he. A trip to the town named after the man holds the answers he seeks.
What Just Happened?
To summarize, we begin with an overview of the now timeless origin story. A scrawny young man wants to fight for his country; he undergoes an experimental procedure. The procedure is a success, and he becomes a super soldier. Cap ends up frozen, then thaws out years later. This drives home the point that we’re with the real Rogers once again. A fight breaks loose between a small militia and Cap. Steve’s compassion and urge to teach is showcased as he encourages an older girl to protect a smaller, younger boy. Time flashes forwards to the present. He’s in the same town as before. There’s a neat catch now, as it’s actually named after him. He explores the town festival in his honor and stops at a stage. There’s a festival going on, and he is sucked into the celebrations as they regale tales of his heroics and how he has inspired them.
(MINOR SPOILERS AHEAD):
Now here’s where the fun begins. The terrorists from nearly a decade ago have returned to the town from which the good Captain sent them packing. Naturally, in true hero fashion Roger’s rips off his jacket to reveal his star spangled suit and saves the day. The crowd, once again in awe of his heroics heap praise on him; but he deflects it instead pointing out local people who went to protect each other. He then repeats what Waid’s key point of our dear Captain is; “The strong protect the weak”.
So of course my personal thoughts on the issue; I thought it did a marvelous job of accentuating what Captain America was, is, and always will be about: the strong defending the weak as well as hope and inspiration. In one issue Mark Waid has made Captain America a beacon of hope once more, to be held down no longer by the horrors of Secret Empire. In true comic fashion we’re left with a lone dangling thread. Steve is unable to gather more information about ‘Rampart’; but he’ll learn more soon he’s told. In my tastes, I found the art style a bit off at first. However as I read on, I was sucked into the story. It began to mesh with the tale being told; the combat sequences were all rendered gorgeously and practically sprang off the page.