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Captain America #13: Review

Aug 2018
Ta-Nehisi Coates, Jason Masters

Story Name:

The Legend of Steve Part I

Review & Comments

4 stars

Captain America #13 Review by (August 28, 2019)

Review: The new story arc continues from the last one without a clear demarcation. Cap’s problem here is trying to redeem his slandered name and he has some trouble going along with helping illegal aliens, even if they are being murdered. This seems a bit too reactionary (not to mention hard-hearted and bone-headed) for the Captain America we’ve come to know (Sam Cap seemed to revel in helping “illegals”) but he comes around by quoting the Statue of Liberty to himself. Saving someone from being killed hardly implies condoning everything they’ve done. But anyway, the two big action scenes are very well done by new artist Jason Masters, especially having Steve ponder the matter of freedom and redemption while bashing heads. We’ll see where this arc goes….

Comments: The Watchdogs first appeared in CAPTAIN AMERICA #335 (1987) and have more recently shown up on the AGENTS OF SHIELD TV series.


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Captain America #13 Synopsis by Peter Silvestro

Dryad (Peggy Carter) is reviewing intel on the Power Elite gleaned from interrogating Baron Strucker when she receives a call from Sharon Carter. Her niece wants to know when they are going to tell Steve about Peggy (presumably that she is still alive) but there is another interruption as the people Dryad has been waiting for have arrived….

Aboard a VTOL jet furnished by Wakanda as thanks for helping capture Zeke Stane (in issue #3), Steve Rogers and Sharon Carter are heading toward their first mission in the plan to offer Captain America redemption. Sharon and White Tiger outline the mission for Steve: a local militia is harassing migrant workers near the border who need to be rescued. Sharon has to admit that many of the migrants are in the country illegally which doesn’t sit well with Steve who objects to the extra-legal trappings but he agrees to go. He and White Tiger are dropped into the field and as Steve ponders the often gray areas of modern life, he and the Tiger beat up a bunch of well-armed thugs with Confederate flag masks. Seeing themselves outnumbered, the baddies who can walk seize hostages and teleport up to their ship; Sharon and Toni Ho pursue in the jet but suddenly the enemy craft just disappears….

As Steve and Ava tend to the wounded migrants, he receives a call from Sharon that they have identified the bad guys: the Watchdogs, a fascist group that Cap has tangled with in the past….

As her hideout is invaded by Nick Fury Jr. and agents searching for the fugitive Steve Rogers, Dryad takes them all on and easily clobbers them; she then informs Fury he is on the wrong track and picks up a fallen gun and points it at Fury, intending to straighten him out….

Jason Masters
Sean Izaakse
Matt Milla
Alex Ross (Cover Penciler)
Alex Ross (Cover Inker)
Alex Ross (Cover Colorist)


Listed in Alphabetical Order.


(Peggy Carter)

Plus: Iron Patriot (Toni Ho), Unseen (Nick Fury), Watchdogs, White Tiger (Ava Ayala).

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