Putting Down The Mantle With Captain America #12

by Josh Davison

[*Mild Spoilers Ahead!]

The United States government is hunting Captain America, and it’s given this task to Commander Nick Fury, former agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. He accepts, but he’s not happy about it. He lcontacts the Winter Soldier, aka Bucky Barnes and one of Steve’s closest friends, for help on this mission. Meanwhile, Steve Rogers returns home to Sharon Carter, and she suggests that the world needs Steve Rogers more than it needs Captain America right now. Steve is reluctant to accept this, and he meets with the Daughters of Liberty about how to move forward. Finally, the Dryad begins to interrogate Baron Strucker.

Captain America #12 cover by Alex Ross
Captain America #12 cover by Alex Ross

Captain America #12 finds Steve Rogers dealing with the fallout of the Supreme Commander’s escape and Steve’s own recent prison break. The world doesn’t trust Captain America anymore, but that identity is just about the only thing Steve Rogers has left.

It’s a low-action issue, but the personal conflict Steve experiences makes for some compelling reading. Sharon having to break some hard truths to the man she loves provides some decent conflict.

We learn the origins of the Daughters of Liberty group in this issue, and it is another vague secret society. We don’t figure out why these specific characters joined up, but I’ll take any chance to see more Misty Knight, Spider Woman, Mockingbird, and White Tiger in comic books.

We also learn the identity of the Dryad in this issue, and that revelation is both very surprising and very confusing.

Captain America #12 art by Adam Kubert, Matt Milla, and letterer VC's Joe Caramagna
Captain America #12 art by Adam Kubert, Matt Milla, and letterer VC’s Joe Caramagna

Adam Kubert continues to provide a distinct and gritty aesthetic to the Captain America title. The short opening action scene is striking, and the above splash page is downright fantastic. Matt Milla’s color art gives a distinctly dower atmosphere to the comic too, which is appropriate given the low point at which that Steve Rogers finds himself here.

Captain America #12 is a particularly trong issue in Ta-Nehisi Coates’ run with Cap. He’s left to wonder if he should still even be Captain America, and he finds a lot of new allies to support him. Mix that with some good artwork from Kubert and Milla, and you have a comic worth recommending. Feel free to check it out.

Captain America #12 comes to us from writer Ta-Nehisi Coates, artist Adam Kubert, color artist Matt Milla, letterer VC’s Joe Caramagna, cover artist Alex Ross, and variant cover artists Alex Ross, Julian Totino Tedesco, and Butch Guice with Andy Troy.

Final Score: 7.5/10

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