Is Steve Putting Down The Shield Again? Captain America #7 Reviewed

by Josh Davison

[*Mild Spoilers Ahead!]
Thunderbolt Ross is dead (maybe), and the world is ready to blame Captain America for it. While a mysterious woman named Gallo meets up with Baron Strucker to prepare a prison cell for Steve Rogers, Steve and Sharon Carter meet with an attorney. The attorney tells Sharon and Steve that their best move is for Captain America to turn himself in. Naturally, Steve and Sharon are reluctant, but an investigation from the Winter Soldier uncovers nothing but dead ends. Steve’s options are few, and turning himself over may just be his only choice.

Captain America #7 cover by Alex Ross
Captain America #7 cover by Alex Ross

Captain America #7 represents another low point in the life of Steve Rogers. He’s fought the good fight as best as he could, but he’s still been framed for a murder. The world seems ready to believe that he did it, and can he really blame them after everything that’s happened?
It’s a refreshing issue, as it takes Cap’s entire history into account, and Steve is forced to reckon with how many times he’s been forced to challenge the country he’s implicitly representing.
The story name, “Captain of Nothing,” may have you expecting a redux of Nomad or the Captain, but that’s still not quite what’s happening here (at least not yet). He’s wondering how many times he can go through something like this and wield the shield.
The ending comes a bit out of left field, but I’m 110% game for what it brings.
Captain America #7 art by Adam Kubert, Frank Martin, and letterer VC's Joe Caramgna
Captain America #7 art by Adam Kubert, Frank Martin, and letterer VC’s Joe Caramgna

Adam Kubert joins up as artist on this issue. He brings a more geometric style than Leinil Francis Yu, but it still jives well with the tone and looks good. The fight scene in the Bar With No Name starring the Winter Soldier is especially good and kinetic. Frank Martin’s color work is also good, giving this book a heavy and grim mood throughout.
Captain America #7 starts a new arc for Steve Rogers’ title, pointing the book in an interesting direction for issues to come. Ta-Nehisi Coates seems to have big plans for Cap, and I look forward to where this story goes. This one gets a recommendation; check it out.
Captain America #7 comes to us from writer Ta-Nehisi Coates, artist Adam Kubert, color artist Frank Martin, letterer VC’s Joe Caramagna, cover artist Alex Ross, and variant cover artists Dave Johnson and Phil Noto.

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