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Review – Captain America #2 (Marvel Comics)

Captain America #2
  • Writing - 8/10
    8/10
  • Art - 7.5/10
    7.5/10
  • Overall - 7.8/10
    7.8/10

Summary

Writer: Ta-Nehishi Coates
Artist: Leinil Francis Yu
Ink Assit: Gerry Alanguilan
Colorist: Summer Gho
Letterer: VC’s Joe Caramagna
Maturity Rating: Teen
Publisher: Marvel Comics

Captain America fights for the people, but the people have lost their faith in the star-spangled hero.

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“Land of the Free” Captain America #2

Steve Rogers continues the battle to redeem his once-good name. In Captain America #1 Steve confided in Sharon Carter his sense of self-loss. Who is Captain America when America does not trust him? As Steve continues to battle terrorist attacks led by a seemingly endless army of cloned Nuke supersoldiers, the government cracks down on Steve’s heroics.  America may not trust Steve Rogers after Secret Empire but that won’t stop Captain America from fighting for “the dream” in Captain America #2.

Writing

Captain America #2 (Marvel Comics) main cover by Alex Ross
Main cover by Alex Ross

I was kind of hoping we were done with Captain America dealing with the whole Secret Empire thing when this series was relaunched. But I guess you become the leader of Hydra and attempt to destroy America but then a different you is brought back, and… look, I am not explaining all that. I guess just all that weirdness takes a while to get over. Coates is dealing with it in a different way, as well, that makes it interesting. Giving Captain America doubts about himself. It is a nice introspective look into Steve Rogers as a person after this craziness has happened to him. He has lost the trust of the public. Captain America has always stood for the people and served nothing but “the dream,” but what happens when the people do not trust Captain America anymore, is the question Coates is asking.

Captain America #2 continues to subtly hit on different current political and cultural vibes happening right now. Coates does a good job of feeding those things into the story while not beating you over the head with it. I do like all these questions raised about Steve, but I am still struggling to figure out what is going to be the crux of this story arc. We don’t see or hear anything about Viper and this Power Elite group that was prominent in the first issue. Cap is still just randomly battling these Nuke clones. It is visually cool to see, but it leaves me wondering where this is headed.

Art

Leinil Francis Yu delivers some superheroic action in Captain America #2. He delivers Captain America in a wealth of detail. Yu excels at the more action-oriented scenes; his detailed realistic style brings a new edge to Captain America. Along with Gerry Alanguilan on ink assist, the lines are bold, making the characters pop off the pages. Sunny Gho cast a dark hue over Captain America #2 with his murky color palette. There is a great scene of Cap on a motorcycle and the whole art team catches it perfectly, from the small engine details on the bike, to the perfect proportion of Captain America’s shield, to how the light gleams off of it. It is a stunning piece of work.

For the most part, I like the art in Captain America #2. While the intense style is not always my favorite, it works well. I do think maybe some panels could have been structured differently, as in some scenes it is a little hard to tell what is happening. Another thing that I heard on the Ifanboy podcast about issue #1 and now I can’t un-see: Yu has a tendency not to draw the pupils of Captain America’s eyes in some scenes and just leave them all white or blacked out, and it makes him look almost evil. It happens quite a bit in Captain America #2.

Conclusion

Overall Captain America #2 is a solid issue. I like the story Ta-Nehisi Coates is telling with the public not trusting Steve, and his self-doubts. I do wish we learned more about this Power Elite group though. The art is bold and dynamic and definitely delivers that “superhero” look to Captain America. It is very dark and gloomy but it fits the mood and tone of the story well. Captain America #2 has a pretty good cliffhanger that has me interested to see where Coates is taking this.


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