Captain America #5
Cap's rescue mission in Alberia continues as he fights his way through Taskmaster in order to rescue Sharon from the clutches of Selene and Alexa Lukin.
With Sharon safely at home, though, her memories cloudy, the revelation of Lukin's plan to Sharon is lost as Steve learns that his actions both domestic and abroad may have further weakened public faith in the already discredited national hero. Who pulls the strings behind the play of the Power Elite, though? The revelation at the end of this issue will not be divulged. Go see it for yourself!
After several issues of dominantly set-up and exposition, things are starting to really heat up in Coates and Yu’s run on Captain America. Coates is playing the long game with this series, it would seem, tying up all loose ends from Secret Empire and reestablishing a status quo for the character. There is an underlying social narrative at work here as Coates holds a mirror up to current United States social structures, but the mirror does not project the reflection one may think.
Across the dreaded internet I have seen first hand the sheer volume of readers who reject this narrative as more far-left propaganda, having perhaps read an issue or two before abandoning the title. I would argue, rather, that the balance achieved in this series between the left and the right, liberal and conservative, (as well as action versus exposition) serves as a shining example of what happens when the veil between “us versus them” is drawn back, exposing the truth of the battle– Us versus Us. As Steve struggles to understand his true foe, given little to no real meaningful information, Coates points to the nature of perspective villainy and the shaky footing for the battle of “good versus evil.”
Also of note here is the use of a retrospective narration, something I have not noticed thus far in the series. Where before, it appeared we were inside Steve’s head in and of the moment, now it would appear we are with Steve at the end of the story looking back on how we got where ever it is we are going.
Captain America continues to astound, month in and month out. A highly anticipated book that has lived up to the hype.
Captain America #5: A Few Useful Idiots
Writing - 10/1010/10
Storyline - 9.5/109.5/10
Art - 9.5/109.5/10
Color - 9.5/109.5/10
Cover Art - 10/1010/10
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