Captain America #7
Written by Ta-Nehisi Coates
Art by Adam Kubert
Colors by Frank Martin
Letters by Joe Caramagna
All of the forces aligned against Steve Rogers are going to force him to make the ultimate sacrifice for the sake of his ideals.
A private prison designed to house the enhanced is preparing to bring in a new inmate. One that will be of particular interest to the prison’s director, Baron Strucker.
Steve Rogers is consulting an attorney along with Sharon as a case is being built that he murdered Thunderbolt Ross. With only Sharon as his alibi, it doesn’t look good and Cap must decide whether or not to go on the run or turn himself in. He laments the decision, going over the forces against him and the victory this means for them. He thinks about the symbol that he wears and what his opposition to the government continues to mean for that symbol.
Ultimately, Steve Rogers makes a decision that will have repercussions on him personally as well as the legacy of Captain America. Fortunately, in the midst of his sacrifice, he activates a contingency plan.
Coates is giving no quarter to the Star-Spangled Avenger with a story that effectively and disturbingly piggybacks on events that placed Steve in opposition of the country he loves. Cap’s quest to find answers and defend himself is starting to take a toll on him as he has to reconcile his opposition to the registration act as well as the events of Secret Empire.
It’s interesting that Coates highlights the fact that this isn’t the first time in recent history that Captain America has been on the opposing side of the American government. It definitely feels like a pointed jab at those who opposed Coates coming onto the book because of the writer’s personal political views. It’s effective in showing that this has always been a part of the character and that the symbol might be relatively simple, but the man is more complex.
Adam Kubert’s art is amazing. There are some beautiful details in every page and the art perfectly captures the serious tone of this story.