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Captain America #2
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‘Captain America’ #2 trades teamup antics for character insight

A layered and visually stunning exploration of what makes Steve Rogers a great hero.

The debut issue of the new Captain America series lived up to my expectations and then some. J. Michael Straczynski once again applied his unique gift for character work to Steve Rogers, while unearthing a hidden part of the Sentinel of Liberty’s past that connected to a new threat. Not to mention the stunningly beautiful artwork from Jesus Saiz that added a touch of realism – well as real as a super soldier wielding an indestructible shield in a world of gods and marvels can get. What really made me excited for Captain America #2 was the cover: it showcased Cap side by side with Spider-Man! Straczynski’s work on the web-slinger was my gateway into comics, and made me a fan of Peter Parker so I was hyped.

Alas, Spidey only shows up for a total of two pages – but Straczynski still has a handle on Peter, from his comedic timing to his sense of responsibility (what’s more responsible than asking for help?). The bulk of the issue takes place in the past, where Steve deals with the emergence of the Bund Party in America. The best writers often draw parallels between their story and current events, and Straczynski paints a chilling picture of how facism can slowly take root in a nation. First come the speeches, then the marches, and the targeting of those who are different from you. Straczynski shines in these scenes, showcasing how Steve – and the people around him – stand up to fascism. It’s proof that Steve Rogers was a hero long before Super Soldier serum was coursing through his veins.

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Saiz’s artwork continues to be a major highlight of the book, particularly the designs of Steve in the past and the present. The past Steve is very lithe, often sporting bruises and a split lip after his fights – a far cry from his present self who’s rather muscular and carries himself with confidence whether it’s in his Captain America costume or a T-shirt and jeans. Speaking of contrasts, Travis Lane – the new head of A.I.M. – is perhaps one of the most menacing villains ever, and a large part of that is due to the demonic presence that’s possessed him. The way Saiz draws said demonic presence will give readers nightmares.

Finally, Hollingsworth delivers rich, warm colors that make this one of the best looking comics on the stands. Sunsets are a rich, reddish orange with golden streaks of light. The past sequences have a sepia-toned hue to them, excluding a march in the streets with a darker tone reminiscent of Schindler’s List. Finally, both Spidey and Cap draw the eye due to their brightly hued red and blue uniforms. Color is one of the biggest elements of a comic, and Hollingsworth delivers.

Captain America #2 continues to deliver a layered and visually stunning exploration of what makes Steve Rogers a great hero, thanks to an amazing creative team. Miss Chris Evans as Cap? Read this comic. Want to get into Cap? Read this comic. Want to read a good comic? You get the idea.

Captain America #2
‘Captain America’ #2 trades teamup antics for character insight
Captain America #2
Captain America #2 continues to deliver a layered and visually stunning exploration of what makes Steve Rogers a great hero, thanks to an amazing creative team. Miss Chris Evans as Cap? Read this comic. Want to get into Cap? Read this comic. Want to read a good comic? You get the idea.
Reader Rating1 Votes
8.5
Continues to be a layered character study of Steve Rogers.
Draws parallels between current events and past history.
Some of the most beautiful artwork I've seen in a comic book.
Gets to the spirit of what makes Captain America a great hero.
Needed more Spider-Man.
8
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