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Captain America #17: Review

Dec 2019
Ta-Nehisi Coates, Jason Masters

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The Legend of Steve Part V

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4 stars

Captain America #17 Review by (December 11, 2019)

Review: Very nice issue combines a murder mystery with social commentary. The former has Cap and Misty uncovering the reasons behind the return of Scourge while the latter shows up in the beginning as we see the impact of the death of Wilson Fisk on the city, noting that it is different from what would have happened had he only been the Kingpin instead of Mayor. And the Steve versus the Watchdogs battle where the hero must move by instinct while fighting off the effects of the stun grenade is very well done.


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Captain America #17 Synopsis by Peter Silvestro

In the wake of the (apparent) assassination of Mayor Wilson Fisk, Steve Rogers and the Daughters of Liberty redouble efforts to unmask the new Source of the Underworld. Sharon Carter, Misty Knight and Toni Ho review the cases of rookie police murdered by Scourge of the Underworld and Misty suggests going back to the beginning: the killing of Detective Angel Larimore….

Steve and Misty visit Detective Larimore’s brother Tony, also a police officer. He greets them with a shotgun then realizes who he is facing and apologizes, being a big fan of Captain America. Talking about the tape, Tony and his wife Alyssa explain to Steve and Misty that the rookie cops killed were all crooks brought onto the force by Fisk; Angel Larimore wanted to expose them and he was murdered. Thus, Scourge isn’t a cop killer but an avenger. A stun grenade crashes through the window followed by the Watchdogs who kill Tony but Steve is able to move by instinct, clobbering the baddies and drawing them out to the backyard. Steve is surrounded by the Watchdogs but then Scourge appears and guns them all down. Steve and Misty attend to the bereaved Alyssa.

Later, the heroes meet and Toni Ho reveals what she has found: all the dead cops were in an anti-terrorism squad that worked more like a hit squad. The only two non-rookies were Angel Larimore and one Antony Diaz, Special Services veteran and sniper. On the theory that Diaz is Scourge, they plan to visit his home in Upstate New York. But then the news of violence in the city comes in and they realize that John Walker was right: Scourge is not a person but an idea—and the idea that the lynch mob rules. The people have become Scourge….

Jason Masters
Jason Masters
Matt Milla
Alex Ross (Cover Penciler)
Alex Ross (Cover Inker)
Alex Ross (Cover Colorist)


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Plus: Daughters of Liberty, Iron Patriot (Toni Ho), Watchdogs.

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