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Chris’ Comic Book Corner: Captain America #8

A Review From Christopher Franey

It is all in who you know in order to get the law to do what you want…luckily Hydra Cap (Stevil) knows Alexa Lukin (wife of Aleksander) and that will set him free, but this is “a story of life and death.”  This is part two of the Captain of Nothing story arc currently running in the new series of Captain America.  So far, in my opinion, this is the perfect sequel to Ed Brubaker’s Cap run and also looks to tie up some loose ends from Nick Spencer’s Secret Empire and run.  Ta-Nehisi Coates and Adam Kubert deliver a stellar issue that continues the tone that has been established with this run so far.
I like the symmetry that Stevil is set free and we then next see Steve Rogers in his new prison hosted by Baron Von Strucker.  There is some history of Von Strucker and it really shows how much psychological torture he uses on the inmates and how sick of a mind he is.  I like how the art shows how technology is used in each cell to broadcast the torture each inmate deals with…so there is no escape no one can seem to stand up to Von Strucker.  One little major thing that does pop up in Cap’s thoughts is the fact that he needs a new name…that could be building to something soon, hopefully.  
Next up we see Sharon Carter meet up with Mayor Fisk, which gives me great hopes of a Cap/Daredevil cross over; why not both are having issues with the law and their alter egos.  I really like how Sharon holds her own with Fisk and then finally calls it for what it is, she has no time to dance around who is bad or good, she just wants to stop the coup that is coming for Steve and America.

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Fisk respects her and finally comes around to what is happening and he gives her a jump drive of some sort.  Now we know the Kingpin has connections and always saves information, so this could be a huge payoff later.  
We then go back to the prison and see how Steve is dealing with being locked up with the criminals.  I like how Bulldozer brings some thoughts across to Steve, how he is responsible as an image and how after the Secret Empire that it has destroyed so much trust and worst of all…hope.  Once that is lost it gets hard to move forward…this type of conflict is perfect in Cap’s comic, a lot of times we see the inspiration that Steve brings, now what happens when that is lost?  I’m glad that it is being talked about here.  

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The next scene goes to Stevil and Alexa on a plane and she leaves to make room for Selene to take care of Stevil.  This was a part I was bummed to see, such a great foil to Cap be wiped out this early in the game, but who knows we don’t see him fully die off, but we do see him be melted down.  I would’ve loved to see more of a showdown with Stevil and Steve, hopefully that will happen.  Before the issue ends we are introduced to the next big player, the Foreigner…ex husband of Silver Sable.  
I’ve been enjoying the scope and feel of this series.  Ta-Nehisi Coates has been hitting it out of the part with this Cap run and making strong connections with prior runs.  With his writing we can see a lot of political drama and relevance to our social climate, and the best part is it doesn’t come off as preachy as well.  I’m excited to see how the return of Lukin and now with his wife will affect Cap and his allies.  The showdown should be fantastic as the build for it has been deep and gritty.  I give this issue 5 out of 5 shields as it builds the drama and keeps the reader entertained with the snake infiltrating our government and how Steve is dealing.  I recommend this series and it’s back issues, as always read on and Excelsior! 

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