This review of Captain America: Steve Rogers #2 will contain spoilers
So last week Captain America #2 dropped. I honestly want to give a round of applause to Nick Spencer because he didn’t go back on anything that he said in previous interviews after the Captain America: Steve Rogers #1 bomb dropped just under a month ago. I’ll be honest I predicted it. I mean after reading Pleasant Hill, it’s very easy to predict. That doesn’t make it any less impactful, not to mention all the ephemera of his plans that built up to this revelation was admirably meticulous, to say the least.
So what was the reveal? Easy. The second or third page granted a full page to the Red Skull holding the cosmic cube. Let’s backtrack this a little bit. First of all I’d like to point out that the Red Skull has psychic powers. How? Well remember at the end of Avengers vs. X-men when Professor X was killed? Well Skull got his brain. Thing is, Red Skull doesn’t want to use his powers to get people to do his bidding. No, he wants people to follow him because he inspired them to do so, and if he went after Captain America, he wanted to utterly dismantle him, not just control him.
So, let’s move to the cube. It was destroyed in a battle with Captain America into several shards. Those shards became sentient and took the form of a little girl who went to seek out Red Skull as he was its owner, originally. Red Skull saw the opportunity and began putting a plan into motion. I won’t go into complete detail because I would like people to take it upon themselves to check out Pleasant Hill as well as both currently released issues of Captain America: Steve Rogers, but the short story is that the cosmic cube was used to rewrite Steve’s past since childhood so that he had been indoctrinated into Hydra at a young age.
Issue #2 explains all of this and the writing is phenomenal! I’m not lying man, Nick Spencer can tell a good story, and make you appreciate the work he put into it. So yes, it is official now. Steve Rogers is Hydra, which in my mind means that the real Captain America (Sam Wilson) is going to have to stop him. The problem is no one knows that Steve Rogers is Hydra, other than Steve and us readers. That alone is exciting!
For the world that was angry when #1 dropped, I hope you are intrigued by #2. If you’re still angry, I’m sorry that you aren’t as excited about this as I am, because I see some very interesting stories coming up in the near future. Congrats to Nick Spencer on a job well done.