Winter in America by Ta-Nehisi Coates
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Ta-Nehisi Coates started writing Captain America after finishing up his run on Black Panther, and I can see the improvement. The first few issues of Black Panther were pretty shaky, as the author was still finding his voice and rhythm. In this story, he has a better grasp of the medium and the characters.
This story takes place after the Secret Empire run where Hydra used a fake Steve Rogers to conquer America. I haven't read it, but Coates makes enough references to it for the reader to understand what took place. Though some things are set up for future storylines, this volume is mainly dealing with the ramifications and consequences of what came before. As a result, there is a lot of interior monologue and reflection from Steve. He is full of doubt here, both of himself and the American dream, and wrestles with it throughout. If you prefer your comics action-heavy, you should skip over this, because you really don't get that here. But if you prefer a slower pace and some good character moments, this should be right up your alley.
The art, lettering and colors really takes this up a notch. This story may be partly setup, but it's interesting enough to continue.
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