Captain America #15
Written by Ta-Nehisi Coates
Art by Jason Masters
Colors by Matt Milla
Letters by Joe Caramagna
The Rundown: Everyone is keeping secrets and Steve Rogers gets called to help investigate the death of an old friend.
Being on the run and having few people to trust is new to Steve Rogers and to make matters worse, the person he trusts the most, Sharon, is keeping secrets from him as well. After confronting Sharon, he leaves to meet an old flame who has information about the ambush murder of police officers being covered up by Wilson Fisk.
After agreeing to look into the case, Steve puts his cop hat back on and heads to a location to get clues only to find that his investigation is going to butt heads with a operation from the Daughters of Liberty. Comparing notes on what they’ve discovered, Steve realizes that the ambush was the result of a old foe.
The Story: While the political intrigue of this series continues to draw me in each issue, it’s nice to have this adventure buttress against that, but feel like something new to explore for Steve. Coates does a great job of making the story and the dialogue feel grounded and real. This is a street-level style of film noir detective story and putting Steve in the role of the detective makes the story more interesting. I love the pace of this issue and the writing from Ta-Nehisi Coates is nearly pitch perfect.
The Art: I like Jason Masters’ style in this issue. The art works because of its use of clean lines and the panels are indicative of classic detective movies.