By Nolan P. Smith
With the latest Marvel event, Stand Off, coming to an end, we saw the once decrepit, old Steve Rogers get rejuvenated back to his Captain America self. So with this issue, we get a full-fledged Captain America series starring the man himself behind the mask. We also get a bombshell of an ending, which has been a trending topic for days now.
Writer Nick Spencer and artist Jesus Saiz bring us into the new era for the sentinel of liberty as Steve Rogers is back. He’s got a new suit, a new shield (which is…alright), and a new, reinvigorated outlook on life. We see the good captain teaming with some familiar faces from Captain America lore- Rick Jones, Jack Flagg and Free Spirit. The book feels like a Captain America title, complete with Hydra, the Red Skull, Baron Zemo and… Captain America’s mom.
The story brings Mrs. Rogers into the fold via flashbacks in setting the stage for modern-day events. We also get a glimpse into a Hydra soldier, which was pretty great and refreshing. The book sets the tone for what seems to be a team based book with Cap and co., but after the last few pages, it looks like the title is headed in a very different direction. I know many are up in arms about the shocking revelation, but I am excited for what the future holds. It’s nice to take chances with storytelling, and I can only hope it pays off big. I do wish one of my favorite villains, Baron Zemo, had been portrayed as more of the mastermind and less of a speed bump. I am on board for this series, at least for the first arc. Let’s see what the shield slinger has up his sleeve next.
Rating: 8.0 out of 10.
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