Captain America #9
Written by Ta-Nehisi Coates
Art by Adam Kubert
Colors by Frank Martin
Letters by Joe Caramagna
The Power Elite are beginning the next phase of their plan and this one will tear down Steve’s reputation through the media.
Sharon pays a visit to Misty Knight and is taken to a clandestine meeting of the Daughters of Liberty. Besides trying to find evidence to exonerate Steve, the ladies also get the blueprints of the prison he’s being held in. Unfortunately, all of their ideas on how to break in run into issues until Susan Storm chimes in with a possible inside man who could help them.
Cap finds himself in another situation where the better angels of his nature are exactly what are being exploited when a potential prison riot breaks out when Steve tries to help a fellow inmate being abused by the guards. In the aftermath, Steve finds that this doing the right thing was the wrong move to prove his innocence.
In the meantime, the Dryad sends a message to the assassin who they believe killed Ross A message that is meant to get the attention of the Power Elite.
Coates pushes the limits this issue and everything works from the action to the dialogue. Stripping Steve Rogers of all the trappings of his heroic persona adds a different perspective to the character and allows him to grow and evolve in a world that is constantly moving. Sharon’s journey is a great addition to this story and the group she is working with, including Misty Knight, Susan Storm and Jessica Drew, is inspired. It will be interesting to see where this story goes next and what it will mean for both Captain America the symbol and Steve Rogers the man.
The art by Adam Kubert looks great. The characters look amazing and the action in the prison riot is fantastic.