A Captain Betrayed: Captain America #16 Reviewed

by Josh Davison

Mild Spoilers Ahead
Alexa Lukin meets with Mayor Wilson Fisk. The mayor isn’t happy about the recent spree of cop killings and believes that Lukin and the Power Elite are somehow responsible. Alexa shuts down his line of questions and responds to his veiled threats with a show of force. Meanwhile, Steve Rogers and the Daughters of Liberty are continuing their own investigation into the Scourge of the Underworld, the one responsible for the dead police officers. Misty finds something, but it’s not Scourge. It’s the US Agent, and he’s not happy with Steve.

Captain America #16 cover by Alex Ross
Captain America #16 cover by Alex Ross

Captain America #16 continues the search for the new Scourge of the Underworld. It primarily focuses on Steve and Misty and their violent duel with John Walker, aka the US Agent.
Walker feels betrayed by Steve, which is more fallout from Secret Empire and Steve Rogers being the Hydra Supreme Leader. Hydra used and abused John Walker, and he feels that he was forced to betray everything in which he believed.
The fight between Steve and John is the highlight of the comic. It’s a personal and surprisingly brutal brawl, and you can’t help but feel for the US Agent in this situation. 
The confrontation between Fisk and Lukin is a solid scene as well. We get to see Lukin lay down the law and intimidate even the likes of Mayor Fisk.
Captain America #16 art by Bob Quinn, Matt Milla, and letterer VC's Joe Caramagna
Captain America #16 art by Bob Quinn, Matt Milla, and letterer VC’s Joe Caramagna

Going back to the fight between Steve and John–the scripting and sequencing is very good too. It’s coherent, flows well, and looks just plain cool. Bob Quinn does a great job on the visual work throughout the comic, and he knows how to render a great action scene. Matt Milla supports Quinn with a well-balanced color palette that helps bring the book to life.
Captain America #16 is another stellar issue for the Sentinel of Liberty’s book. He is forced to confront another old friend who feels betrayed, and we get some interesting leads on what may be going on with the new Scourge of the Underworld. This one gets a recommendation. Check it out.
Captain America #16 comes to us from writer Ta-Nehisi Coates, artist Bob Quinn, color artist Matt Milla, letterer VC’s Joe Caramagna, cover artist Alex Ross, and variant cover artist Junggeun Yoon.
Final Score: 8/10

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