There was a time that Nick Spencer got a lot of criticism from all sides of the internet for turning Captain America into a fascist. Because that's a stretch for a superhero who acts without censure, imposing his own morality on others, trying to recreate a country of nostalgia that no longer exists, while wrapped up in nationalistic imagery like a flag. And his telling a story about how easy it was for fascism to creep up on people when the measures used to prevent such extremism are relaxed in the name of security. As if that could ever happen.
Anyway, I liked it, but Spencer seemed to distance himself from it after the telling. As did a lot of Marvel comic books. But of late that has started to turn around. Ta-Nehisi Coates has made it a central part of his Captain America stories. Captain America's tarnished reputation was a major driving force in the new Black Widow series. And Nick Spencer returned a tiny mention in Amazing Spider-Man with Taskmaster and Black Ant getting the Hydra gang back together again.
But in today's Amazing Spider-Man #15, the planetary shield parallel for The Wall that was used to enable Hydra Cap to become Supreme Commander of the USA, is making a return, courtesy of Arcade and Kraven…
Will it bring anything – or anyone else back with it?
AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #15
(W) Nick Spencer (A) Chris Bachalo (CA) Paolo Rivera
• Aunt May is in danger and only Spider-Man can help her…
• …You think you know where a story like this is going, but you DON'T.
• Because Taskmaster and Black Ant are on the scene, and they don't have a problem with collateral damage.
Rated T In Shops: Feb 13, 2019 SRP: $3.99