Cap’s new past as a Hydra double agent continues this week in Captain America: Steve Rogers #13, as Baron Zemo is becoming much more prominent. Is it good?
Captain America: Steve Rogers #13 (Marvel Comics)
So what’s it about? Check out the preview!
Why does this book matter?
As this series builds towards Secret Empire it’s becoming clear Zemo is going to be a huge part of the series. His off color behavior is a delight when much of the series has been so very serious–a trend that continues here.
Fine, you have my attention. What’s good about it?
This issue cuts between “now” in two locations, earlier, and 1944. That may sound confusing, but writer Nick Spencer keeps it above board and clear. There are a lot of cogs moving around, but rest assured they’re coming together nicely. Baron Zemo takes over much of this book, including a highlight in the flashback of 1944, and it’s clear he’s really starting to get things going now that he’s free. His demeanor, almost a relaxed boredom, is a fun addition to the series which has been led by an all too serious Cap from the get go.
This issue also does well to capture Cap’s allegiance to Zemo. Zemo clearly means a lot to him and it shows in the flashback where Cap attempts to keep Zemo and Bucky alive. A tricky thing when his American hero buddies go into battle blasting away.
What a card.
The art by Ro Stein and Ted Brandt do well to make Zemo’s personality come through his mask, which is not an easy task. There’s an awesome bit of action here and there too, like a shot of Cap blasting through a window on a motorcycle. The best element visually in this issue is a fun four page montage with no words as Zemo enacts his plan. I say no more to avoid spoilers, but it’s a fun way to show off many characters in an eclectic way.
It can’t be perfect can it?
It’s slightly odd how Cap isn’t in the “now” portion of this book. It’s almost a credit to the series that it needs to give time to so many characters, but it would have been nice to see him in action here.
The final page in this book is somewhat confusing. I suppose the team we see is going to be in the targets, but the captions don’t seem to jive well with the visuals.
Is It Good?
Baron Zemo steals the show as Spencer shows he’s going to be a main player moving forward. If you dig good character work you gotta read this.