Captain America #12
Written by Ta-Nehisi Coates
Art by Adam Kubert
Colors by Matt Milla
Letters by Joe Caramagna
The Rundown: In order to take down the Power Elite and clear his name, Steve Rogers will have to put away the mantle once and for all.
Doing the right thing has never really been a problem for Captain America, but Steve Rogers finds himself in a world where the Captain doesn’t have a country to believe in him. Being on the run for murder after breaking out himself and a series of super-criminals doesn’t help either. When Steve tries to go back to the world he knows by shutting down a HYDRA splinter group, Sharon has to give him some harsh reality about the mantle he wears.
Steve’s activities do not go unnoticed and Nick Fury is brought in to being the Captain in. To do that he will call upon a familiar face to help him. At the same time, Steve decides that he needs to form a new team if he’s going to take on the Power Elite and the Daughters of Liberty answer the call.
The Story: Ta-Nehisi Coates presents Steve Rogers at another crossroads and does an excellent job of laying out a new path for the character that is grounded in the reality of his current situation. Sharon is utilized perfectly as a means of helping Steve shatter the illusion that the symbol is more important than the mission and her input helps the story grow and evolve. Coates is crafting an interesting story that works mainly because of its lack of predictability.
The Art: Adam Kubert does an excellent job with the art in this issue. There are some great panels throughout and all of the characters look great.