Nick Spencer and Jesus Saiz return for another installment of the already controversial series Captain America: Steve Rogers. For those of you who weren’t on social media back in May, this book made headlines when it was revealed that Steve Rogers, the original (and only in many fan’s cases) Captain America, was secretly a deep cover Hydra agent. Fans went nuts in reaction to the news, many condemned both Marvel and writer, Nick Spencer, as destroying the icon. However, last month’s issue revealed what really happened to Steve Rogers by focusing on his arch-nemesis, Red Skull, and showed us how he manipulated Kobik, the sentient cosmic cube who had taken the form of a little girl. With Kobik under his influence, he was able to rewrite Steve’s history and gave him the memories of him being inducted into the infamous organization.
The latest issue takes place a few short moments after the first issue. Steve has taken out Baron Zemo and shockingly tossed his partner Jack Flag out of the jet, seemingly to his death. This issue cuts between three different stories and time periods as we get a closer look to Steve Rogers’ new status quo. We get to see a little bit more about Steve’s childhood as well as his mother’s involvement with Hydra. The present day story involves Steve bowing before a hologram of the Red Skull as he explained what went wrong with the mission in Baglia. The scene cuts to Steve inside of the jet where he tells Dr. Selvig that he isn’t there for him, and leaves the doctor to die when the jet crashes into a building.
Meanwhile, the S.H.I.E.L.D. team led by Sharon is scrambling as they try to figure out a way to salvage the operation. While Sharon tries to connect to Steve, Rick tells her that they can’t de-cloak and descend because they are in Baglia, the city that is populated by super villains. With Jack’s life on the line and unable to communicate to Captain America, Sharon has no choice but to descend into the city. Once inside the city, the team is immediately approached by a few villains before being ambushed by Taskmaster!
It’s a shocking issue that leaves the readers completely unsure of what will happen next. We see that Steve was ordered to make it look like the Hydra attacks were unsuccessful so S.H.I.E.L.D. would think they’d be winning. What’s interesting though, is that it appears that Steve is showing mercy or some sort of resilience to Red Skull’s plans, and with a big shock at the end of the issue, the intrigue of this book only intensifies. Will Steve be able to see through the indoctrination? Is he switching sides? It’s too early to tell right now, but we can be sure that not everything is what it seems right now. If you dropped the book after the reveal of the first issue, I’d urge you to give this series another try. Spencer has been giving us a book filled with intrigue and suspense and with beautiful artwork by Saiz, there’s really no reason not to try it out.
Overall Score: 8.5/10