Captain America #30
Written by Ta-Nehisi Coates
Art by Leonard Kirk
Colors by Matt Milla
Letters by Joe Caramagna
The Rundown: Cap confronts his greatest enemy as another one discovers her power.
As Sinthea grieves the loss of Alexa, she remembers the words her surrogate mother spoke to her about her inner power and how she is more than what she believes herself to be. At the same time, Captain America is cutting a swath of destruction through the Lukin estate and facing off against Crossbones before encountering the man himself, Red Skull.
The two sit down on opposite sides of a table and discuss their history and how Steve is out of touch with what America truly is. He tells Steve of his plans for the world, its people and his followers. A plan that will take an interesting twist when Steve reveals why he’s really in the man’s home.
The Story: Coates does something interesting and unexpected for Steve Rogers in this issue. Something that continues to show the evolution of the character, his ideals and his strategies. It’s a welcome departure that works in the framework of this story and its antagonists. It also sheds light on some very real world issues that are being addressed throughout. While I enjoy all of the action and adventure elements of the story, I was more impressed with the philosophical and social commentary of the plot itself. I look forward to seeing where this adventure goes next and what shape it takes.
The Art: Kirk delivers some great art throughout this issue. The action in the beginning of the issue is thrilling, but the tension of the sit down between Steve and Red Skull is just as visually dramatic.