Captain America #9 Cover
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Writer: Ta-Nehisi Coates / Artist: Adam Kubert / Marvel Comics

Coates is doing something very interesting with Captain America. He’s taking a character who’s been around for nearly 80 years and reinventing it. But, in order to do so, he has to break it down first.

Which brings us to issue #9, “Captain of Nothing: Part III.” Steve is still locked away in prison with the Daughters of Liberty working leads on how to get him out. After the law has so clearly failed them all, the only option left is to break him out by force. But that’s not so easy in a prison built to keep in people with superhuman abilities.

This issue was mostly setup, as we get more face-time with the Daughters of Liberty—and my personal favorite, Misty Knight—as they put their talents together. But the standout of the group is definitely the Dryad, a character I’m admittedly unfamiliar with. Based on her performance in this issue though, I’ll surely be keeping an eye out for her going forward.

Placing Steve Rogers in prison is a great call. As a character whose greatest ability is his, well, character, the trials of incarceration are sure to have an effect. How this will manifests in Steve’s actions will be interesting to watch as this issue already sends him spiraling further down a path that he has no control over.

Whether this was the intention or not, Steve’s decision to defend everyone from the imbalances of powers, even prisoners who he’s fought before, has truly negative consequences as he’s now credited with sparking a prison riot — on top of the murder he’s accused of but didn’t commit.

It’s not clear when Steve will turn the corner after hitting rock bottom, because it’s not clear how close he is to it yet. But, to be honest, after having everything he stood for called into question, some change and reevaluation is more than warranted. We’ll have to wait a little longer to see what 2019 has in store for Steve Rogers.

8.0 out of 10

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