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Captain America #30: Review

Jul 2021
Ta-Nehisi Coates, Leonard Kirk

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All Die Young: Conclusion

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4 stars

Captain America #30 Review by (July 7, 2021)

Review: And so ends the celebrated run of writer, journalist, social critic Ta-Nehisi Coates. In his afterword, he talks about his desire to understand Black Panther and Captain America as people, then to portray that visually. Well, that was his great success with Cap (I’ll leave judgment on his Panther run to another writer): he understood how Cap represents the American Dream, an ideal the country does not always live up to, and that his ways of defending it are not always ideal, or even effective. And Coates also understood how a sociopath could turns those ideals against the country in a bid for power, though he is no closer to determining why many people are fooled into following such a person than anyone else. Not a criticism, Coates recognizes this himself. If you’ve followed my reviews on this title, you are aware that I felt the stories could have been better: I found them drawn-out, meandering, the Power Elite not drawn sharply enough to be a real threat. His creation of the Daughters of Liberty, a feminist hero group that predates the nation was welcome. And in the final issue, he presents Superior, a feminist version of Red Skull’s demented daughter Sin as an evil counterpart to the Daughters. It’s a shame he is leaving her to the next writer on the character as she could have perked up the series if introduced earlier. So…we move on to UNITED STATES OF CAPTAIN AMERICA and then we discover Marvel’s next move on Cap’s ongoing series.

Comments: The panel showing Steve’s awakening after being rescued from the ice is taken from the final scene in the first CAPTAIN MAERICA movie. Political cartoonist Paul Noth is a real person and Sharon Carter is describing one of his real cartoons. Issue includes an afterword by Ta-Nehisi Coates looking back on his run on the title.


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Captain America #30 Synopsis by Peter Silvestro

As she stands over the body of the murdered Alexa Lukin (last issue), Sin, the Red Skull’s daughter, recalls their last teaching session. Alexa told Sin how the world has been dominated by men, seeing power as their birthright; women, therefore, have had to fight for what hey had and this makes them superior. For now, they are in the position of having to submit to the agenda of a man, the Red Skull, but with her powers unlocked, Sin will have to protect him and advise him until she gains control….

Captain America goes over to Red Skull’s house and beats the stuffing out of Crossbones before he can sit with the Skull and talk. Red Skull, as always, claims to want the betterment of mankind, mocking Cap’s ways as soft and misguided, his ideals obsolete. He boasts of having duped his followers into sacrificing their lives by convincing them they were pursuing a greater cause to give their lives meaning. Cap then reveals he was a hologram and that the Red Skull’s words were sent out over his own website, giving his duped followers the truth of what their leader thinks of them….

Kingpin meets with the Foreigner, who had assassinated Alexa Lukin and insinuated that the Scourge of the Underworld was the killer; Kingpin had tipped him off after Lukin’s schedule was given him by Sharon Carter….

Steve Rogers, Sharon Carter, Bucky Barnes, and Peggy Carter relax at home and discuss the recent happenings. Red Skull has lost many followers but a new Red Skull movement is arising, and none of them can understand it. Sharon apologizes to Steve about engineering Alexa Lukin’s murder and Steve understands….

By Alex Lukin’s bier, her husband bitterly tells Sin that she should have been the one to die. Sin flattens him and informs her “father” that as Superior, she will be continuing Alexa’s legacy in blood….

Leonard Kirk
Leonard Kirk
Matt Milla
Alex Ross (Cover Penciler)
Alex Ross (Cover Inker)
Alex Ross (Cover Colorist)


Listed in Alphabetical Order.

Captain America
Captain America

(Steve Rogers)

(Peggy Carter)

(Wilson Fisk)
Red Skull
Red Skull

(Johann Shmidt)
Winter Soldier
Winter Soldier

(Bucky Barnes)

Plus: Foreigner, Iron Patriot (Toni Ho), Sin (Synthia Schmidt).

> Captain America: Book info and issue index

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