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Captain America #4: Review

Oct 2018
Ta-Nehisi Coates, Leinil Francis Yu

Story Name:

Winter in America: Part IV

Review & Comments

Rating:
4 stars

Captain America #4 Review by (October 10, 2018)

Review: An unusual issue, the action scenes are counterpointed with philosophical musings on the nature of patriotism, the loss of nobility, and the fallout of the Hydra takeover (with a few parallels to the current American political scene). The plot doesn't advance much or really at all but again we mourn the loss of innocence and true patriotism. These semi-political discourses are becoming old by now, seeing as few of the writers have anything all that interesting to say and are all on the far-left end of the American political spectrum. At least Ta-Nehisi Coates doesn't scream in the reader's face like Nick Spencer.

Comments: Black Panther appears only on the other end of a communicator. Sharon killed Aleksander Lukin while he was merged with the Red Skull in CAPTAIN AMERICA (2004 series) #42. Issue includes a tribute to the late Gary Friedrich.





 

Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Captain America #4 Synopsis by Peter Silvestro

Captain America parachutes into an abandoned military base in Alberia where Sharon Carter is a prisoner of a blonde Russian scientist lecturing her on the importance of power....

Cap enters, speaking to Black Panther on a communicator, T'Challa apologizing for having to abandon Cap because of treaties between Wakanda and Alberia. As Cap races through the building, defeating guards by the dozens, he muses on patriotism and how it occasionally makes him forget that treachery is real, that other sworn patriots can easily betray their countries—like Thunderbolt Ross who has teamed up with “reformed” villains and sent his own agent, Sharon, into a trap. Cap tries to remind himself that Washington was noble once and there were good guys and bad guys on the world scene. That this flag he wears once stood for something—and if there's any hope, that America remember before long....

Sharon's captor explains how the Power Elite realized that the working class of Middle America, feeling forsaken after fighting Hydra, would greet them as their liberators. The woman reveals herself to Sharon as Alexa Lukin, whose husband Aleksander Lukin Sharon killed. And now Mrs Lukin will get her revenge, by way of Selene's draining Sharon of her life force....

Moving deeper into the base, Cap is hit by an arrow and finds himself facing Taskmaster. As they brawl, Cap finds himself getting weaker, slowing down, thanks to a drug on the arrow. He hears Sharon scream as Taskmaster raises his sword for the final blow....


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Leinil Francis Yu
Gerry Alanguilan
Sunny Gho
Alex Ross (Cover Penciler)
Alex Ross (Cover Inker)
Alex Ross (Cover Colorist)


Characters

Listed in Alphabetical Order.

Black Panther
Black Panther

(T'Challa)
Captain America
Captain America

(Steve Rogers)

Plus: Alexa Lukin, Selene, Taskmaster.