In many ways, Ta-Nehisi Coates’ Captain America run is like a political thriller, dealing with shady back deals and overtly political themes rather than your standard fare superhero comic. Captain America #29 is much like that, making it another very typical issue in this run.
SPOILERS AHEAD for Captain America #29!
Coates has shaken Steve’s faith a lot during this run, making him question all that he believes in. As the run went on, Steve got his confidence back and issue #29 has a very classic Steve Rogers proclaiming his faith in the dream.
Coates punctuates this moment by affirming that Steve’s solution to Lukin won’t be facing him in the battlefield, but rather talking to him instead. It feels so Golden Age in a way, the idea that this hero is going to talk to the villain and solve it that way rather than with his fists. That approach fits Cap and if you think about it in that Golden Age way, it’s actually kind of cute.
The book continues to flesh out the Carters, particularly Peggy through her history with the Daughters of Liberty. If there’s one thing Coates’ run should be remembered for, it’s the Daughters of Liberty, an idea that hopefully returns for future books or even a miniseries of its own. There’s just so much to explore in that vein and it’s done so much to breathe new life into the character of Peggy Carter that it would truly be a mistake not to continue this plot thread.
Sharon’s dealings with Kingpin are quite interesting as she games him into taking action against Lukin and the Power Elite. Sharon Carter has never had a problem doing “darker” things for good means, which has always made her an extremely interesting character, and this issue hits the nail on the head in that regard.
The issue ends on an interesting cliffhanger with a sniper taking a shot out on Aleksandra Lukin and Bucky declaring that the voice he heard as it happened said “justice is served.” Coates’ run is almost done, and how he plans to end it is quite an exciting thought.
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