Book Review: Captain America: Steve Rogers #1 by Nick Spencer

Captain America: Steve Rogers (2016-) #1Goodreads Synopsis

He’s back! The original Sentinel of Liberty returns, with a new shield, a new team, and a new mission! And he’s not the only one who’s back! Like the saying goes– cut off one LIMB, two more will take its place! HAIL HYDRA!


I haven’t read the previous Captain America comics (haven’t read any yet…shameful!), but what I got from this was that Steve had grown old and put down the shield- presumedly to grow old with Sharon, the love of his life- and Sam Wilson was now Captain America.

It turns out the world wasn’t doing so great, so when Steve was reverted to his younger age (cosmic cube? Jeez, I need to catch up!), at full strength, he became Captain America one more- the second one running around.

How spoilery can I be? I’ll be nice…and try not to spoil anything (even though there’s the internet)

Characters: Steve Rogers/Captain America: Steve’s a bit hesitant about picking up his old mantle because he got used to being 90 and now he’s running around fighting bad guys and it take s a bit getting used to. For the most part, he was your typical Steve. He had that humour, but at the same time he was serious too. This comic, right from the first page was Hydra-related and you’d think that’d be normal since Hydra and Cap have always been enemies but you get that feeling that this time it was different…imagine that big reveal didn’t blow up the internet, you’d be able to tell that something sinister was going on behind the scenes. The way the narration went- it was almost as a justification of someone’s actions and I was like ‘what are you trying to prove?’.

Sharon Carter: What I noticed first was how well Sharon fit into that S.H.I.E.L.D suit of hers. Good genes. She was of course supportive of Steve and taking the new age in stride. She was a no-nonsense woman and I loved that about her.

Likes: I’ll be honest and say that the outcome of this comic wasn’t my favourite. I am extremely curious to see where they’re going with this.

Dislikes: Come on! I don’t think I need to say the words.

Overall Thoughts: As I said, I’m curious and I feel that the anger that was felt over that last page is warranted and that ‘big reveal’ really spiked up the readers. Captain America is my favourite superhero and I should feel angrier, I think but I can’t bring myself to. This was only the first issue, who knows how this is going to continue? Is it a ploy? Is it even real? Was Steve perhaps brainwashed? The made the impossible possible and though it’s ‘something new’ I wish they’d go back to the original All American Cap that we all know and love. It’s time to play the waiting game once again.

Read: 29 May 2016
Rating: ★★★★

Publication Date: 25 May 2016
Publisher: Marvel
Writer: Nick Spencer
Illustrator: Jesus Saiz


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