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