Captain America #4
Written by Ta-Nehisi Coates
Art by Leinil Francis Yu
Inks by Gerry Alanguilan
Colors by Sunny Gho
Letters by Joe Caramagna
Winter in America continues as Cap makes his way to an abandoned military base in the country of Alberia. His mission is to find the woman he loves, Sharon Carter and rescue her, but he is on his own against forces he still hasn’t been able to fully understand in the Power Elite. To top it off, General Ross has betrayed them both, leading Sharon into the mission that got her captured and on the verge of torture from a young woman with a connection to Sharon’s recent past.
As Sharon tries to hold her resolve and Steve fights his way deeper into the base, he finds himself face to face with Taskmaster. Matching Steve blow for blow, Taskmaster presses his attack with Steve fighting to stay alive as Sharon’s life hangs in the balance.
This issue works because it is so well focused on Steve. Taking all of the outside forces allied against him out of the equation and you still have Steve Rogers dealing with his own inner conflicts. Sure Steve has doubts and questions who he should trust and believe in as well as the power of his own legacy, but he still puts it all on the line to defend the things and people he cares about. Coates portrays Steve as the ultimate patriot that he is. He questions everything, doesn’t follow men or symbols blindly and has faith in the best aspects of the country even when questioning his place in it. The focus on Steve in this issue allows for the conflicts within Steve to move forward and evolve as he fights his exterior threats.
Leinil Francsis Yu has some great art in this issue and the use of shadows and the details in the backgrounds do a great job of conveying the dangerous nature of Steve’s surroundings. Well done.