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Captain America, Vol. 1: Winter in America

(Captain America (2018) #1)

3.69  ·  Rating details ·  280 ratings  ·  48 reviews
It's winter in America! For over 70 years, Captain America has stood in stalwart defense of our country and its people. But in the aftermath of Hydra's takeover of the nation, Cap is a figure of controversy, carrying a tarnished shield...and a new enemy is rising! Who are they? And how do they intend to co-opt and corrupt the symbol that is Captain America? Distrusted by a ...more
Paperback, 152 pages
Published March 5th 2019 by Marvel (first published February 19th 2019)
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James DeSantis
Mar 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is what I'm talking about. Captain America is BACK!

Little history on myself and cap (If you care enough to read this). I loved Captain America as a Superhero ever since I was in High School (I just turned 30...I'm fucking old). I actually own every single arc/trade since 2005 all the way to 2019. There's been ups and downs, but mostly he's stayed pretty solid (Still gotta read Rick's run) but I just felt nobody hit that high point that Brubaker did. He crafted a spy thriller like no other
Scott S.
Mar 23, 2019 rated it liked it
I think by the conclusion I had an equal number of likes and dislikes with Winter in America.

Coates did a good job tapping into the national zeitgeist and generating a certain amount of dread - like a 70's conspiracy thriller film - with the twisty storyline. The scenes of Cap working alongside Black Panther, the combat scenes with the formidable Taskmaster, and the villain 'reveal' were all good. However, at other times it veered into being a little too sanctimonious and, instead of being sligh
Mar 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
It took a while but we finally have another truly great Captain America series!

While I appreciate what Waid did, his series wasn't a super cohesive storyline. It was more a collection of small Captain America stories that were great at paying homage to what the character was. However, it didn't do much to show what the character can be. Coates is doing that.

It doesn't escape my attention that it took a black man to understand why some of the "classic" takes on Cap's image can run into issues. I
Feb 20, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: comics, marvel
The real, non-nazi-Hydra Cap is back! But did anybody want him back? Not really, apparently. The government and the people don't trust him, Thaddeus Ross is being a dick to him and his gilf girlfriend Sharon Carter is being set up by some shady government conspiracy! Oh, and there are some evil Russians with fake Russian names (always a staple) lurking in the background. Yep, it's a modern day Captain America comic alright!

First of all, kudos to Coates — he really improved his comic-writing skil
Dec 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
I had just got done reading Coates' terrible Black Panther run when I saw he was attached to this book, so my first thought was "uh oh" (he even managed to tie a bit of that book into this one). Luckily, however, Coates has come a long way since he first started writing comics, and both his new Star Wars meets Black Panther book and this book are both pretty good.

Here, Captain America is pretty worn down. The people don't trust him, the government doesn't want anything to do with him, his girlf
Chris Lemmerman
Feb 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
After the cataclysm of Secret Empire, America doesn't trust Steve Rogers anymore - and he doesn't blame them. But when some of the world's deadliest villains begin to take advantage of this distrust to turn America against itself, Captain America must step up whether he's wanted or not.

This is what should have started right after Secret Empire - instead, we got 12 issues of Mark Waid doing weird alternate universe things. But this. This is what Captain America should be about right now.

Mar 06, 2019 rated it liked it
Everything about this was ok but thats probably my biggest issue, that it was just ok. The art was nice, the plot pretty simple with some small twists but they weren't world shattering. It was also a little too preachy for my liking.
Lukas Holmes
Mar 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
Very torn on this one. Coates is just incredible, and you can see it shining through in parts, but other times the story felt muddled and rushed and then other times it dragged and the art didn't seem to be lining up with the narrative. I am assuming some heavy editing had to go in to setup some stories that are coming. I guess my biggest thing was the Russia stuff felt a bit heavy handed, especially the 'the American people would welcome us a liberators' stuff. I'm all for hidden political mess ...more
Emmanuel Nevers
Feb 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
When Ta-Nehisi Coates took over Captain America after Mark Waid I wasn't sure what to expect (Black Panther showing up for no reason had crossed my mind a few times since he was the writer). I found this to be an extremely interesting, intriguing take on Captain America. Coates blends the political intrigue of his Black Panther run with Captain America's "man out of time" dynamic to deliver a compelling characterization and a well done Steve Rodgers. For me, all the moral facets that make Captai ...more
Alex Sarll
Ta-Nehisi Coates made his name writing on America and blackness, so impressive as it was for Marvel to hire him, as long as he was only writing a black superhero who was very much not American, really they weren't making full use of his talents. Getting him to write Captain America too? That's a good move. Good timing, too, off the back of the debacle into which Secret Empire eventually descended. Not that you need to be up on all the details of that, thank heavens. The basics, all subtly recapp ...more
May 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
I think Coates is finally getting the hang of this comics thing. This is easily the best work he's done so far, a nice combination of philosophizing mixed with plenty of action. He doesn't have the characters all standing around, debating some political point. That's not to say there isn't plenty of politics here--this is very obviously a comic of its times, with pretty direct reference to the current state of America. Great follow-up to the Hydra takeover of America, as people aren't sure they ...more
Ty Melgren
Mar 30, 2019 rated it it was ok
Whyyyyyy do I keep trying to read superhero shit
Travis Duke
Mar 14, 2019 rated it liked it
(3.5) A good start but a little slow in the first half. So Cap is back after the big Hydra arc (i gotta finish that oops) and the book starts off sort of slow with a lot of patriotic writing which makes sense bridging the gap between series. Once the new plot unfolds its pretty damn good, Cap is stuck saving his image while battling Nuke clones. Meanwhile a more sinister plot is unraveling with Russia and lots of cameos come out. One cameo (sorry spoiler here) is a battle with Taskmaster that is ...more
Mar 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
There is a terror, a chilling effect that happens when you put the words of Nina Simone in the mouth of a racist villain, and Coates knows this, and that is why he does it. In the aftermath ('cause let's face it, there's always an aftermath in comics) of the Secret Empire arc, where a villainous leader with Cap's face gave middle America everything it ever wanted in exchange for its freedom and its soul before being exposed by the real Cap as a fascist and a thug, Coates gives us the Cap story f ...more
Apr 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics, superhumans
Even better than most of Coates has written for Black Panther. He's actually dealing with the realistic fallout from Secret Empire, on a number of levels. There's a great espionage feel to the book, which reminds me of Brubaker's excellent run. The relationship with Sharon is solidly written. And bringing in an obscure X-Men villain like Selene just makes me happy. This is really good stuff.
May 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I loved this. I haven't loved a Cap story in a while, but this one I loved. It had the feel of a Brubaker story but different. The art was also fantastic. I can't wait to read more. I may have to start buying single issues again.
Karrie Stewart
Mar 20, 2019 rated it liked it
A good idea but fell flat at times. Fun to see Black Panther pop in.
B. P. Rinehart
It's Mourning in America!

Ok, I'll confess that as much as I like Ta-Nehisi Coates as a non-fiction long-form journalist, I have not yet been solidly convinced on him as fiction writer. I know his heart is in it, but his skill-set is not. The very things that make his journalism and essays so good is what hurts his fiction writing. But it seems at least that if you put him in a spot where he can express his political ideology exactly--say like a comic about a superhero who deals directly in polit
Mar 15, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: comics
Similarly with his Black Panther run (didn't read all of it though), I see glimpses of intriguing ideas, but it just reads as disjointed and not clear. One point he is making clearly is how America isn't what it used to be, no real argument there. Cap is still struggling with what happened to him in Secret Empire, which I kind of get, but also he's been through this before where America doesn't see him as a savior anymore. In this book he seems to be almost selfish which feels out of character. ...more
Mar 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
Coates here successfully renders current American sensibility (read as: paranoiac fever dreams about traitors on all sides, willfully turning Americans against each other) and projects it against the backdrop of the international failure and dissipation of the nation state. More specifically: One America believes in the conspiracy theory that paints Captain America as an enemy of the state, presented as a danger to an America returning to what; a second conspiracy theory i ...more
Feb 10, 2019 rated it liked it
It's fine. I was going to drop my subscription but the reveal at the end of #6 has grabbed my interest! Dang it LOL.
May 07, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic-novel
Well that was depressing AF.
Nicole Westen
Mar 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
I think I really love the way Coates reflected the uncertainty and division in American politics and identity in Captain America's character.
Jan 10, 2019 rated it did not like it
Coates grasps to understand the character even throwing in the familar Black Panther to comment on the state of the nation. This ends before an interesting beginning. Wait for the second volume.
Dakota Morgan
May 01, 2019 rated it liked it
Action-packed and voiceover-driven, Winter in America is fine but not fun. Ta-Nehisi Coates does a good job of keeping the word count lower than in his Black Panther series, but he unfortunately uses those words in preachy voiceovers from Cap that are nearly impossible to follow. Basically, they amount to: "America has changed and I don't know how I feel about it." Cool! Cut to the chase then.

There's a caveat here: this is my first Captain America book and it's also a direct follow-up to Secret
May 19, 2019 rated it liked it
Ta-Nehisi Coates and Leinil Francis Yu deliver a Captain America relaunch for the modern era. Following the Hydra takeover of the United States, Steve Rogers is trying to come to terms with having his face used for fascism. His battles against a Nuke program lead to a team-up with Black Panther, a fight with Taskmaster, and a reunion with Sharon Carter. Across the world, Alexa Lukin is putting a new scheme into motion - one that will resurrect her dead husband and turn Rogers into a Captain of n ...more
Scott Lee
May 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I think this matches up with Coates's "Intergalactic Empire of Wakanda," which I feel is his best comics work outside this volume. It captures the character moments and internality of the Black Panther books, but the pacing is up from his first volumes in comics, and he's adopted a more confident, more modern balance between visuals and language in his storytelling. Add to that the prestige artists he's garnered here--Alex Ross on the covers and Leinil Francis Yu (a personal favorite) as the pri ...more
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As I said before, I will admit to buying this because it looked cool, particularly some of the cover art, and I was a little disappointed. It's not the sort of story you can just dive on into, which I always think is off-putting for the casual reader. That being said the book had some really interesting reflections on America, and how Steve fits into the picture now that those values of the 1940s are
Apr 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
Steve has to wrestle with the evil that has been done with his name and face, as both Steve and Cap. He's depressed, heartbroken, angry and guilty, and hates himself almost as much as so much of America now does. Coates has really developed into a great comic writer--his first Black Panther was super wordy, but this is sharp and insightful with just the right amount of words. I adore that he's working with Bucky, I love that he's really wrestling with the world as it is now and feeling apart fro ...more
Dec 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
Je n'avais pas accroché au Black Panther de Coates. Le propos politique développé me plaisait mais la narration et l'intrigue péchait et j'ai vite abandonné. Voir Leinil Yu aux crayon pour Captain America m'a fait retenter l'auteur, d'autant plus qu'entre temps j'ai lu son excellent essai "Une Colère Noire".

Et c'est très bon. Il y a du fond, et cette fois-ci la forme n'est pas négligé. Le seul éventuel défaut c'est la relative lenteur de l'histoire. Mais on sent qu'il a un plan et qu'il compte l
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Ta-Nehisi Coates is a national correspondent for "The Atlantic" and the author of the #1 New York Times bestseller Between the World and Me, a finalist for the National Book Award. A MacArthur "Genius Grant" fellow, Coates has received the National Magazine Award, the Hillman Prize for Opinion and Analysis Journalism, and the George Polk Award for his Atlantic cover story "The Case for Reparations ...more

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