There’s an event brewing and it involves Captain America. If you’re not reading this series right now you might end up feeling lost, but is it good?
Captain America: Steve Rogers #15 (Marvel Comics)
So what’s it about? Read the preview to find out more!
Why does this book matter?
Nick Spencer has been delivering political commentary and satirical views in both this series and Sam Wilson to great effect. You might not agree, but it’s fun and different from anything else. Given this is building towards a Marvel event, you might want to stick with it to see where Marvel is steering the ship.
Fine, you have my attention. What’s good about it?
I can’t tell if he respects Hitler or hates him here.
Now this is more like it. The flashbacks in this issue do more than possibly three of the past issues combined. Steve Rogers is finally in the USA and he’s attempting to make his mark. Spencer rewrites history in an intriguing way as it mimics what we know is his real past, but does it with a slightly evil tint. Rogers’ drive to do what is right–at least, what he thinks is right–continues to be a main element of his character. Unfortunately for this new history he’s not doing it for the American dream.
The story taking place in the now progresses everything quite nicely. While the last issue spent a lot of time on Maria Hill’s court case, this issue shows the direct fallout of her sentencing as well as the political elements that Cap sets in motion. We learn more on Hill’s magical Earth shield and how it connects to Cap’s plan, as well as seeing Sharon Carter do some politicking of her own. What makes this issue stronger than the last is that there’s direct action taking place rather than lots of talking as characters think and sit around. The balance is good and it keeps the pace up.
The art by Jesus Saiz, Ted Brandt, Ro Stein and Kevin Libranda works well. The flashbacks have a slightly different look though the feel is the same. I didn’t actually know there were so many artists on this one until checking as there’s no jarring style changes.
It can’t be perfect can it?
However the art, aside from the fantastic flashback sequence, doesn’t wow either. It’s rather standard and not very dynamic. This is possibly due to so many artists contributing, but it doesn’t stand out.
Is It Good?
This is one of those issues that feels like the writer has had it in their drawer for some time. It comes together beautifully, hits major points, and progresses the story well. It’s hard to fault it as things start to fall in place and the future of Cap in the Marvel universe becomes more clear.