Captain America (2018-) #3
Writer: Ta-Nehisi Coates
Artist: Leinil Francis Yu
The first issue of this Captain America is a home run. The second issue didn’t deliver in the same way. Now we’re on issue three, and I can say that this series has another hit under its metaphorical belt.
Captain America is in a small town in the USA. Once in despair, it’s now thriving under Power Enterprises, who took over after Hydra brought industry to the city. Now teaming up with the Black Panther, Cap raids a facility in search of the people behind the recent attacks by Nuke soldiers.
This issue is fantastic. The second issue was repeating the same moments from the first and was a bit of a letdown. This issue gets the story moving, way more than the previous issue. The Team up between Cap, Black Panther, and General Okoye is great. Ta-Nehisi Coates has a handle on Steve Rogers as a character, and it’s no surprise he knows how to write Black Panther. We don’t know any more than we did at the start about the new villains, the Power Elite. We’re only three issues deep though, and this issue teases them a bit more.
Coates does make some allusions to real life politics again. I don’t mind it, personally, but I know some people do. I don’t think there’s a better character for it than Captain America. I also like that he’s very much addressing what happened in Secret Empire. For an event as big as it was, we haven’t seen any real fallout from it.
I still really like the art in this series. Leinil Francis Yu’s style fits the tone that the story is taking. The action scenes are clean and convey what’s happening without being overdone. There are a few panels where background faces lack any kind of expression or detail…like, just a blank face. It’s not overwhelming, and it’s not often, but it’s something I did notice.
We’re three issues in, but this is a really good issue. I’m not sure if I like it better than the first issue, but it’s definitely a contender. I think Coates writes Captain America well, and the team-up between him and Black Panther makes sense. Besides a few small panels, the art is great and a good fit for the story. Even if Captain America wasn’t one of my favorite characters, I’d still really recommend this comic.
Captain America #3
Captain America #3 teams Cap with Black Panther. The art is good and the story moves forward more than the previous issue.