Captain America #27
Written by Ta-Nehisi Coates
Art by Leonard Kirk
Colors by Matt Milla
Letters by Joe Caramagna
The Rundown: Captain America is exonerated for the death of Thunderbolt Ross, but his words inspire his greatest enemy to take action.
Steve Rogers has been vindicated, but this is not the end of his problems. No longer on the run, Steve holds a press conference to announce his return and there are many who are excited for it. Unfortunately, there are many who are not and they are planning to hold their own rally in New York to make their voices heard.
As Steve and Sharon discuss how the world has changed and Sharon reminds him that it hasn’t as much as he thought, Red Skull decides to educate his daughter on the weaknesses of Captain America as he plans a strategy to exploit them. A plan that will draw Cap into a fight with forces he opposes while Skull sends a message to the world about their so-called hero.
The Story: Coates does a great job of bringing the character of Captain America some hard truth about his idealized America. It’s never preachy or heavy handed, but it does challenge the character in ways that I enjoy seeing explored. Red Skull also does a great job of showcasing the truth to the character in a more deliberate fashion and the story seems to be gearing up to challenge Captain America to move forward in his ideology as well as tactics.
The Art: Leonard Kirk delivers some beautifully detailed art throughout the issue. The action is great and the character moments have a brilliant subtlety in their staging.