Captain America #3
Written by Ta-Nehisi Coates
Art by Leinil Francis Yu
Inks by Gerry Alanguilan
Colors by Sunny Cho
Letters by Joe Caramagna
Winter in America continues as Steve Rogers continues to learn more and more about the mysterious Power Enterprises. After listening to a citizen discuss his feelings about what happened with HYDRA and then Powers, Steve gets a sense of how these groups managed to keep the citizens in line while they were being used and subjugated. When he meets up with T’Challa and Okoye on Black Panther’s ship, they find what they are looking for at the bottom of the mine that the town uses for its income.
Captain America and Black Panther find a hidden Nuke base and they decide to find a way to stop the twisted super soldiers with the help of a virus. As they fight their way through, Steve finds himself at odds with what he has to do, especially since all of the Nuke soldiers used to be American soldiers. Steve’s doubts might take more than a personal toll on him when Okoye discovers that Sharon is in danger and Steve might be too late to save her.
Coates does a great job in this issue of keeping Steve grounded in the concerns of everyday American citizens and it showcases his compassion. It’s an asset to the character of Steve Rogers. One that allows the reader to empathize with Cap’s emotional struggle about having to fight fellow American soldiers on American soil. I like that the people in the town aren’t portrayed as evil or stupid. They are people who needed to be remembered by someone and unfortunately, HYDRA and Power Enterprises were poised to use them for their own ends. It’s tragic, but also understandable in context.
Yu does some fantastic art in this issue and the shadow and details used in the shots of Cap really hammer home the drama and personal conflict Steve is facing. It’s never morose, but it does allow for a level of introspection that really complements the story being told.