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Captain America #16: Review

Nov 2019
Ta-Nehisi Coates, Bob Quinn

Story Name:

The Legend of Steve Part IV

Review & Comments

Rating:
4 stars

Captain America #16 Review by (November 23, 2019)

Review: The new cop killer plot continues and the story actually seems to be making headway, though largely centered on US Agent, who turns out to be a red herring. The facts in the case are recounted, and in the end, Kingpin is killed (for now…if Bucky Barnes can come back, anyone can). Still T-N Coates’ run seems to be taking a very long time to get to a point, as I’ve noticed before. And the chief villains, the Power Elite, seem still to be a nebulous concept, rather than a real menace. Things just seem to be flitting from set piece to set piece without ever coming together into a coherent whole. On the plus side, some of those set pieces are really nice and we see a lot of what’s in Cap’s mind for some added character definition (in this issue we learn that Cap thinks cop killers are the worst monsters out there. Child killers would seem a better choice but Cap explains that it’s not rational but instinctive). So let’s move on to the next chapter in Steve’s post-Cap career.

Comments: Brief cameos by White Tiger, Mockingbird, Invisible Woman, Echo, Spider-Woman (J. Drew).






 

Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Captain America #16 Synopsis by Peter Silvestro

Former Kingpin/current New York Mayor Wilson Fisk is dining with Alexa Lukin. He tells her of his loneliness, she offers the support of the Power Elite, he needed police, the Power Elite sent them recruits, he demands their files on the recruits so he can identify the cop killer terrorizing New York, she refuses, he threatens, she knocks him back with the gesture of a hand, warns him, and leaves via a portal in the air….

Steve Rogers and the Daughters of Liberty are scouring the city for Scourge, the cop killer. Misty Knight finds an old arsenal in a hidden room down in the subway; she is accosted and fires at the bad guy and Steve comes running only to be knocked over the head by an unseen assailant. He finds his enemy to be U.S. Agent, angry at having been betrayed by Captain America and believing Steve really was the Supreme Hydra. He beats Steve up until Misty is able to trigger a trap, laser beams that keep the Agent immobile while Misty tries to convince him that they are the good guys. Agent doesn’t believe it so, to demonstrate his trust, Steve shuts off the trap. Steve tells him that someday they will mend their broken relationship but the priority of the moment is to locate and unmask Scourge. Agent tells him that Scourge isn’t a person but an idea….

Later at Daughters headquarters, Steve, Misty. and Sharon Carter are talking over what they’ve learned. Of twenty cops killed only three have been publicly announced, to prevent panic. All but Detective Angel Larimore have been rookies, meaning the fatal raid last issue was executed by rookies, an unusual move for the police. And Scourge hunts criminals, not cops. They decide they have to talk to Wilson Fisk—only to learn Fisk has just been assassinated by a rocket fired at his car….



Bob Quinn
Bob Quinn
Matt Milla
Alex Ross (Cover Penciler)
Alex Ross (Cover Inker)
Alex Ross (Cover Colorist)


Characters

Listed in Alphabetical Order.

Kingpin
Kingpin

(Wilson Fisk)

Plus: Alexa Lukin, Daughters of Liberty, U.S. Agent.

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