We may not have time to review every book on our pull-lists but we do aim to provide a snapshot of what's been released over the past week, encompassing the good, the bad, and those that lie somewhere in between.
Writer: Nick Spencer
Art: Daniel Acuna & Rod Reis
Matt C: It's the culmination of the plotline Nick Spencer began when he had the Cosmic Cube-altered Captain America exclaim “Hail Hydra!”, prompting idiotic furore from certain elements of fandom who don’t get how storytelling works. And now here we are, as Steve Rogers moves himself into a position of supreme power under the noses of friends and colleagues, and when the veil is lifted it’s clear they never saw it coming. Spencer has expertly crafted the build-up to this stage, and while it’s a thrill to see it all fall into place, even if you were to come to this cold it flows so well that it would be hard not to get a kick out of its devious delivery. There are antecedents in sci-fi/fantasy fiction – think Palpatine’s rise in the Star Wars saga – but it’s hard not to see parallels with the current political climate, and although Spencer started this storyline before the world really got turned on its head, he seems to have become more emboldened to work in certain themes as time has gone on (and if the rumours are to believed, the heavy political referencing is – sadly – something Marvel will be shying away from in future). Reis provides the 1945 prologue visuals while Acuna focuses on the contemporary bulk of the issue, both giving the proceedings an intense, broody flavour which slots nicely together with the tone of the script. We like to moan about the prevalence of ‘events’ at the Big Two but every once in a while they get on a concept that really works. We’re only one issue in, but it appears like this could be one of those occasions. 8/10