“The new Hydra has formed, comprised of the most ruthless villains of the Marvel Universe as the great infiltration continues! Cap uncovers the ultimate goal of the new Hydra but is it too late to stop them? Cap and Nomad’s new partnership is put to the ultimate test as they race to uncover The Sect of the Unknown!”
Read my review of issue #1.
The “previously on” section is set up like movie stills, with a few scattered sentences and movie poster-style credits at the bottom, much like last time. Here’s what’s going on: Steve was drained of the super-soldier serum, so he aged super quickly and is now retired. He gave his shield to Sam Wilson, formerly The Falcon. By his side is Nomad (Ian Rogers), who is Steve’s adopted son from Dimension Z (I don’t know either…). In issue #1, they infiltrated a HYDRA fortress to rescue a young prisoner – Lucas – a child whose blood apparently houses a terrifying weapon.
Issue #2 opens with a heartbreaking flashback to Sam losing his father to gun violence. I really like the black and white and red flashback art – it’s highly stylized. We’re quickly hurled back to the present, in the middle of the battle we left off on at the end of issue #1. I sometimes find Sam’s inner narration a bit too choppy – it doesn’t flow naturally, and all of his narration bubbles are super short/tiny and cover up a lot of the art because of how many there are. There’s a twist fairly early on in this issue which is intriguing, but I wonder if it would have meant more to me if I’d been reading the Captain America series prior to this. This issue is much more colorful than last month’s, which was nice! I also really liked a lot of the sound effect noises – it never ceases to amaze me what writers come up with for those. Toward the end, there’s a standard “bad guys stand around and tell the good guys their entire plan,” scene, but someone calls them out on it, which made it better. There was an instance of impossible female anatomy, but the costume is super cool, and the woman inside it is even cooler. I’m not sure who Misty Knight is in terms of the universe, but I love her and I hope she sticks around. She has some dire news for Sam, and the issue ends on one hell of a cliffhanger…ahh!
“Remember Sam…it’s not just what we do in life that matters…it’s
the evil we don’t confront that defines us.”
I found a typo in my digital copy. I’m not sure if it’s present in the print copy, but I thought it was interesting because I’ve never seen one in a comic before. Admittedly, I haven’t been reading them too long.