Captain America is a very bad man now, but that’s not his fault at all, since his reality was augmented by Kobik. Since he’s not such a good guy anymore one might wonder how his complexity plays into Civil War II. Fear not, as this issue delves into the background actions Cap has taken since the start of this event. Question is, is it good?
Captain America: Steve Rogers #5 (Marvel Comics)
So what’s it about? The Marvel summary reads:
CIVIL WAR II TIE-IN! As heroes choose sides and tragedy strikes, Steve takes steps to end the war. Guest-starring the Invincible Iron Man!
Why does this book matter?
Writer Nick Spencer has made Cap all new in more ways than one, but maintained the fact that he’s pure at heart. He thinks he’s doing the right thing, but we’ve slowly been fed flashbacks that prove he’s fighting an uphill battle. Hydra has been baked into his backstory and yet Steve is still manipulating his way around Red Skull. This issue reveals maybe he’s not doing as such a good job at maintaining being a good guy after all!
Fine, you have my attention. What’s good about it?
Red Skull is way too calm. Dude needs to be brought down.
This issue balances key flashbacks to when Steve was still a little kid and current moments during the Civil War II event. Spencer balances both to deliver a well paced and always interesting read which gives you important details just as you cut away to another bit. It’s interesting to see how Steve has been close to changing the events of Civil War, but was forced to change tactics at the drop of a hat. Each moment that ties to the event makes sense, and actually ties well into his ultimate plan of keeping his Hydra plans intact.
Those of you reading Civil War II might cry foul when it comes to a major reveal in how Steve was involved in a big turning point in the event. It’s not quite as Earth shattering as you might expect, and really the main story isn’t changed really, but instead Spencer weaves Steve’s background actions into the event rather well. In a subtle sort of way, Spencer is showing us sides of Steve is playing all sides and his master tactician abilities are on full display.
It can’t be perfect can it?
Captain America: Steve Rogers #5 is a flashback more or less as it’s either focused on Steve as a child or moments during the Civil War event that transpired before. The issue does end where we left off with Civil War II #5 – and it’s interesting to note Miles probably did a good thing by murdering Steve – but because of this the events in the issue don’t progress things much. Then again, the details learned in this issue may have ramifications later and could not have been told until now as they would have spoiled the main event. A slippery slope indeed!
Is It Good?
If you’re at all interested in how Steve Rogers has been secretly pulling strings during Civil War II you can’t miss this issue. It may not progress the plot much, but it’s good for showing Captain America as a master tactician.