Writer – Ta-Nehisi Coates
Artist – Leinil Francis Yu
Inker – Gerry Alanguilan
Color Artist – Sunny Cho
Letterer – VC’s Joe Caramagna
Cover – Alex Ross
- Cap is back.
- Somebody is making an army of Nuke clones.
- Sharon Carter has a new gig working for the government under former Red-Hulk, General Thaddeus Ross.
- Steve Rogers has been gently shoved aside thanks to the country’s perception of him.
- Something nefarious is going on in Russia.
What’s happened here:
The real Steve Rogers is still working on earning the trust and forgiveness of the country he loves. Beating down more Nuke clones has gotten the attention of General Thaddeus “Thunderbolt” Ross. The general has an order for Cap that he may not be able to follow.
The way I see it:
As far as second issues go, this one is pretty solid. It follows the Nuke/General Ross plotline from the first issue and does well staying on track. Continued use of Cap’s internal monologue to give a more personal account and letting the combat speak for itself feels great. Captain America is hardly known for his mid-fight banter, and it’s nice to see Coates gets that. It’s also pleasant that cap is written as knowing that the distrust and fear many now have for him is justified and doesn’t begrudge anyone for feeling that way. To me, this shows a meta-understanding of the Captain America fan base and acknowledges that the Hydra Cap stuff rubbed a lot of people the wrong way.
Once again the art here is just lovely. Leinil Francis Yu keeps the action palpable and the emotions clear. Alex Ross is back with another less chaotic cover that is, as per usual, gorgeous. The costume choice for Cap in this series thus far is a return to a classic look. From the scaled chest piece to the big ol’ boots, Cap is looking sharp. In general, I adore the style of the book and it fits Cap so nicely.