Is it crazy I love that this book comes out so much? With issue #11 out last week we’re getting this story fast, but does that mean the quality will dip?
Captain America: Steve Rogers #12 (Marvel Comics)
So what’s it about? Read our preview to find out more.
Why does this book matter?
Some might bemoan the fact that this series is so political, but I for one enjoy it. It’s in the vein of spy dramas which seems logical considering Captain America is typically fighting Nazis and Hydra! So far Spencer has infused a lot of interesting psychological elements which makes the characters stand out.
Fine, you have my attention. What’s good about it?
Recaps things nicely if you’re new.
This issue opens with a newsreel as we see Captain America kick the Nazi scum’s ass. This of course isn’t as wholesome as we once thought now that we know Captain America is a Hydra mole, which certainly puts the newsreel into perspective. Enter Helmut Zemo who had quite a moment with Cap last week and also appears in the newsreel to open the issue. Clearly writer Nick Spencer is integrating Zemo into Captain America’s circle partly because his personality is so cavalier. He adds a bit of chaos and comedy (though certainly not direct laughs) as his attitude doesn’t quite rub Doctor Erik Selvig the right way. As Helmut makes his way into flashbacks it’s quite clear he’s going to be playing a big part in the summer event series, which makes his scenes with Cap all the more interesting.
Outside of this, Maria Hill gets some scenes of her own as she takes Taskmaster up on his new information that ended the last issue. His involvement with Kobik at Pleasant Hill appears to be a thread that will be brought up again and it’s nice to see events like that still matter. Taskmaster adds a bit of flavor to the characters as well–god knows they can’t all be stone cold serious like Cap–and the developments of his storyline tie very nicely into Cap’s future goals.
The art by Javier Pina and Andres Guinaldo keeps things interesting. These guys better earn some award by the end of all this as they’re true workhorses when it comes to this book’s schedule! Customary to Spencer’s scripts, there’s a lot of talking, but due to the art you’d hardly notice. The flashbacks by Pina look marvelous as always and the pop of color here and there to enhance a moment are quite nice.
It can’t be perfect can it?
Captain America does some fighting in this issue, though why we should care isn’t addressed really. It’s the sort of action that you just know was inserted to add action and nothing more. The captions in these scenes don’t add much either and it ends up being more of a distraction than an entertaining sequence.
Watch your back bro!
Is It Good?
Admittedly this series is a complicated one, but that’s why it’s so fun. This is what good spy dramas should look like. Captain America: Steve Rogers is dripping with intrigue due to the incredible character work and circumstances.
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