Steve Rogers: Captain America 2

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The big shock at the end of the first issue of this book did just what Marvel wanted: it generated a lot of controversy and got people talking. At times, I think a lot of the comics industry really goes in for the “Any publicity is good publicity” idea. I was among those saying this sudden new spin on Steve Rogers made absolutely no sense and was some kind of cheap ploy to gain attention and interest.

I was half-right. There is a sort of sense to what Steve is doing now that seems so radically out of character for him. This issue tells the story of what happened and why. I still don’t like it, and I do absolutely believe this is a stunt. But it does make some degree of sense now. I’ll give Spenser points for that. Several of Cap’s old foes play a part, as does a recently introduced character. It hangs together well enough. I still don’t like the idea, and I’m very much looking forward to this going away, which I have no doubt it will.

Plot: This is a good execution of an idea I don’t like at all. The explanation was clever and made sense within continuity, which I would have bet against when I first read issue one. I’ll give it a 3 out of 5 for plot.

Art: The art is nicely rendered. All the different things happening look great. I’ll go a 4 out of 5 for the art. Jesus Siaz is talented.

Positives: As I’ve stated, they took a concept I’d view as inherently flawed and made it work. They also, wisely in my opinion, left a backdoor to undo this. I hope that comes sooner than later.

Negatives: I don’t like the central concept of this storyline. I don’t hate it as much as I did after issue one, but I still don’t care for it.

I’m hoping this gets resolved quickly and Steve’s usual status quo is returned.

Steve Rogers, Captain America 2

Writer: Nick Spenser
Artist: Jesus Siaz
Letterer: VC’s Joe Caramagna
Cover: Jesus Siaz

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One thought on “Steve Rogers: Captain America 2

  1. I guess it’s good that they took time to set this storyline up, but I guess that doesn’t mean that it makes for a satisfying read. I can’t say for sure because I haven’t read it as this particular story just doesn’t appeal to me. everything I’ve heard makes this sound like change for the sake of change (or the sake of sales) – at first, I was down on the whole idea of Bucky coming back from the dead, but I decided to give it a chance and man was it worth it. But this? I just don’t have the interest in something that sounds so frustrating and will probably be reversed within six months anyway, as all such story arcs are now-a-days.

    I can’t believe Marvel has me longing for the days of multi year arcs the likes of John Walker as Captain America. (who later went undercover as Jack Daniels. I’m not joking. this is a real thing. http://marvel.wikia.com/wiki/John_Walker_(Earth-616) )

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