Ta-Nehisi Coates will end his tenure with Captain America by having him face off against his ultimate nemesis once again in a volume published by Panini Comics in Marvel’s Deluxe Line.
It had a very different ending than one might expect after reading the beginning, but for better or worse, Ta-Nehisi Coates’ long-term (or what can be taken for granted in this day and age) stint as Captain America is now coming to a conclusion. Panini Comics in an upcoming volume under the Marvel Deluxe title. Captain America by Ta-Nehisi Coates 2 – Everybody Dies Young.
It was Steve Rogers’ Hydra captain who started the stage, picking up from the extremely difficult position that Nick Spencer had left behind. The scriptwriter has planned his strategy well and played his best cards, giving the series a perhaps overly serious and politically complex tone, giving it a unique personality and choosing to take the characters to their occasional moral high places.
The result was good. The series attracted attention, and although it won’t be remembered in the same way as the Ed Brubaker era, it managed to convince enough people to consider it a minor success that perhaps no one expected. But, for whatever reasons, the refreshing start slowly turned into something conventional, which is evident in the ending presented in this second volume…
Daughters of Liberty and Sharon Carter
But if we forget for a moment the patent loss of personality that the series is showing towards its finale, Coates has some very powerful points to be commended.
Much of this second episode focuses on Sharon Carter and the group of heroes known as the Daughters of Liberty, who work to protect and clear Rogers’ name when he is accused of a historically nightmarish murder. By Bruce Banner: General Thaddeus “Thunderbolt” Ross. And this is perhaps the most refreshing and the greatest achievement of the plot.
The ensemble is well led by Coates and his participation in the proceedings, although the role of the main character of the work is more detrimental than it really should be, gives us enough cool moments to more than warrant its inclusion.
On the downside, we’re going to have Rogers’ nemesis here. Yes, many readings can be made where more abstract elements associated with American society are placed as antagonists, but ultimately the Red Skull reappears in Captain America’s story. And, as cliche as it is, this is always a positive point.
Short in sight
One aspect where this second volume falls short of the first is the graphics department. In there we’ve got people like Lennon Francis Yu or Adam Kubert (they may not always be great but they usually give more than decent work) here we have some very intelligent Leonard Kirk, Jason Masters and Bob Quinn. Without doing any harm, it will not be the picture in this volume that makes the skeptical reader decide to get it.
Despite its problems, this volume ends up being a good closure for a level that, even if it doesn’t quite live up to the hopes many had from the beginning, is an interesting take on the character’s story for a number of reasons. The conditions that it brings.
Published in hardcover by Panini Comics, it contains 368 color pages measuring 17 x 26 cm. And in addition to covers of all issues included in the regular Captain America series, including translations of #16 through #30 of the American issue, it includes an introduction by Ivan Noda Diaz and an extensive gallery of alternate covers. It has a recommended retail price of €42 and goes on sale in December 2023.
Marvel Deluxe. Captain America by Ta-Nehisi Coates 2 – Everybody Dies Young.
Completed during the leadership of Ta-Nehisi Coates’ Freedom Adventures! Steve Rogers must once again take up his shield, stars and stripes to take on a mutant cell with vampire powers. But there is much more behind it.
Reformation. Resurrection. A little redemption. Return of Captain America’s first enemy. Yes, there will be a red skull.
Authors: Leonard Kirk, Jason Masters, Ta-Nehisi Coates and Bob Quinn.