Steve Rogers: Captain America #4 Review

Posted August 30, 2016 by Marshall Bruno in Comic Books

Written by: Nick Spencer

Art by: Javier Pina & Miguel Sepulveda

Publisher: Marvel Comics

Marvel blew minds recently when it announced the Steve Rogers, the golden boy, our favorite America, was going to come out as a hydra agent. In announcing a crazy twist like that, it’s understandable that people would want to know how and why it happened. It’s a shame that this announcement came off as unfun. It really polarized people. They either loved that Marvel would be so bold, or hated that a character they love so much would turn out to be working for the bad guy. The question then became, was this always this way, or was there something tricky going on here?

There are multiple plotlines happening simultaneously in this arc, and the entire time, the reader is left to wonder where Cap’s allegiances lie. Is he really Hydra? Is he faking it? Pretty quickly into all of this, it was explained that he is in fact working for Hydra, due to some cosmic cube shenanigans. However, now the question seems to be, does he really follow Red Skull, or is he working on his own?

As the series is progressing, these questions that the reader is inevitably asking are starting to reveal their answers, but there is still a lot of mystery here. What is really interesting is this cosmic-cube-come-character. As much mystery as there is around Steve Rogers, there is an equal amount around this new character and what she can do… and what she will do.

This series, while trying to be inventive, is not for everyone. The fact that it’s caused so much backlash on the internet just at it’s premise has automatically turned some people off. Even if every detractor were to read this story with an open mind, there would still be a lot turned off by it. That’s usually true with art; it doesn’t please everyone. This story, however, is really polarizing. It doesn’t help that because of the factors making Captain America a hydra agent, he’s now acting like a villain. That is to say, he doesn’t seem to have his morals anymore.

It’s suffice to say this comic has a different Steve Rogers than we know, in every possible way. I’m sure there are some of you out there that love this series, but others are just confused. I’m in that second camp. Maybe once this is all said and done we’ll all look back and laugh at how we thought this story was going to be so bad but turned out to be the best Cap story told in years. I won’t hold my breath for that, but I will keep my fingers crossed anyway.

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Marshall Bruno

Nostalgia obsessed nerd with poetic tendencies.