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Captain America Vol. 2: Captain of Nothing

(Captain America by Ta-Nehisi Coates #2)

3.67  ·  Rating details ·  618 ratings  ·  85 reviews
Superstar artist Adam Kubert joins Ta-Nehisi Coates for the next dramatic development in the life of Marvel's Super-Soldier! Captain America - wanted for murder! And the victim is a familiar face in the Marvel Universe! How? Why? You'll have to read to fi nd out!

Paperback, 144 pages
Published October 8th 2019 by Marvel (first published September 25th 2019)
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Nov 10, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2019
Coates is definitely getting better as a comic book writer, but this is severely decompressed. It probably should have been three issues as opposed to six. I do think he's doing more interesting things with the garbage from Secret Empire than Nick Spencer ever did. I also like how Coates is pulling a lot of elements in from Ed Brubaker's run on Cap. If he ever gets his pacing correct, he's going to be a damn fine writer of comics.

Kudos to Adam Kubert for actually meeting a deadline for 6 months
James DeSantis
Dec 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Captain America is now in jail for a crime he didn't commit. But isn't that life?

Steve is framed for the murder of General Ross. Instead of running he decides to turn himself in. While he does that the people who conspire against him begin their plan to frame him as a murderer and the cause of many people's death. On the flipside you have the ladies of liberty whooping ass and taking names as they used their powers to free Steve...but will it be that easy?

I love the multiple threads going on.
Paul E. Morph
Feb 04, 2020 rated it liked it
It’s undeniable that there are some great moments in this collection, and I did enjoy it, but I can’t help but question how many ‘Captain America No More!’ stories we really need. At this point, this is just a tired rehash of what was already a tired rehash the last time they did it.

On the plus side, they genuinely surprised me with the identity reveal of ‘Dryad’; I was so sure it was going to be (view spoiler)! As a forty year comicbook veteran, it’s really nice
Aug 19, 2019 rated it liked it
If you like tons of action and a fast-paced plot, you might get frustrated with this volume. Steve gets put in prison and he just kind of sits there for several issues having deep thoughts.

I still like where Coates is going with this series, though. Cap is living in a post-Cap world that has not only moved on from him, but actively distrusts him. It's an enemy that Cap can't just punch in the face.
Chris Lemmerman
Nov 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Captain America is a wanted man – and he’s not about to go on the run again. Trapped in a prison filled with supervillains and run by one of his deadliest foes, Cap must navigate the ins and outs of prison life so that he can survive long enough for Sharon to assemble a team to rescue him. It’s political intrigue and backroom machinations galore in this second volume of Ta-Nehisi Coates’ Captain America run!

Captain America may be a superhero, but he really shines in these kinds of political stor
Nov 09, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: comics
Similar to his Black Panther run, there are elements of Coates' writing that I enjoy, but it also falls short in other areas.

Coates' is putting a mirror on society, examining what America(ns) have become in regards to freedom, rights, etc. Excellent topic, especially for a character like Captain America. The subject matter elevates comics, giving an entertaining story while providing food for thought. However, the general plot is a tired trope: hero is accused of a crime and put in jail, next to
You can't go wrong with a prison escape story, but I'm still not fully into this series, the way everyone views Captain America as a traitor to the country feels as forced as it did with Phoenix Cyclops, everybody knows it wasn't really them back then, and it feels like a cheap gimmick to fill up more story arcs, I would rather have Steve Rogers becoming a whole new superhero. Adam Kubert's art was fairly enjoyable throughout the whole volume, and the covers continue to be freaking amazing. ...more
Jun 13, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Those Who Know Liberty Doesn't Need a Sentinel
Shelves: hoopla, marvel
Coates does what he can but I feel I have seen too many "heroes in the Big House" as well as "Captain America disgraced and on the run" stories in recent years and before.

The Daughters of Liberty angle in interesting, though. Interesting enough to get me to want to come back for the next volume, anyway.

Maybe this read better spread out over months. Reading it in one sitting made it kinda monotonous.
Oct 08, 2019 rated it liked it
It got better as the issues went on. Spent alot of time within the prison. I feel like Coates is improving as a comic writer but he's still not there yet. ...more
kristen ♡
Feb 08, 2021 rated it really liked it
Love Sharon Carter
Oct 24, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: comics, superhumans
This strikes me as the kind of storyline that I'm going to have to see fully completed before I'm really sure how I feel about it. I liked the Daughters of Liberty, I especially liked Sharon being such a badass, and I liked that this particular problem Steve finds himself in both naturally follows from previous stories (of course people are having a hard time trusting him!) and isn't easily resolved by punching. That said, this could get really convoluted, and I'm not sure I want to see this str ...more
May 26, 2020 rated it liked it
A very reluctantly given 3* rating.

Basic plot is a good- thriller/conspiracy story to get Steve out of the picture (and out of jail)- and so are the dialogues. Good action scenes and an inspired Adam Kubert draws the series with nice colors by Frank Martin.

So why reluctantly? The team Sharon calls up to help Steve comes so far out from left field it just pissed me off. (view spoiler)
Oct 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
Coates again uses Cap for what he's always been for, editorially; holding up a mirror to the condition of being an American in a time when country and ideals - to say nothing of government - seem so completely fractured and meaningless. What does Cap represent at a time like this? Coates's answer is brilliant, and I can't think of the last time something has excited me on the page like the Daughters of Liberty. Good follow up, and an important read. ...more
In some ways, I liked this more than the first volume. Captain America being in prison and having to compromise his values to escape is a lot of fun to read. However, the sillier elements of this one didn't work as well. For example, I like all-female superhero teams but this time it felt a little too self-congratulatory.

Overall, I enjoyed reading this and would probably read another of Coates' comics again but I doubt I'll go searching for them.
Kris Ritchie
Dec 23, 2019 rated it liked it
Reviewing this a week ortwo late, and all I can really remember is that Steve was in jail and has to abandon being a 3.
B. P. Rinehart
So we get Steve Rodgers in a deep situation as most people think he is Hydra and the real antagonists wanting to BE the next Hydra. While Rodgers is being institutionalized, we learn more about the folks who put him behind bars and the folks who have become his only salvation now that his official-rank is temporarily on ice.

I have to say that between this, The Water Dancer, and The Black Panther series, Ta-Nehisi Coates likes his badass women--both as protagonists and antagonists. In a comic bo
Travis Duke
Nov 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
A good follow up to vol.1 Coates is crafting a deeper story but it also feels very familiar at the same time. Captain is still dealing with the aftermath of the Hydra Supreme. It is clear now the ripples after the Hydra event are just beginning and Steve has a hard road, but he wont be alone! The Daughters of Liberty are a rad bunch of women who kick ass and take names and they are gonna help Steve out. The end of this book ramps up nicely with a big fight and some big ideas. Captain America is ...more
Oct 12, 2019 rated it liked it
It was good but a little long and confusing. While the art was nice some of the layouts were difficult to read. There were too many double page spreads where you couldn't tell which direction to read. ...more
Scott Lee
Oct 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
Coates does solid work here, exploring what it means for Steve to be Captain America with the MU's America being in the state it's in following the events of the Secret Empire storyline, and frame-up for murder with which this volume opens. The story's a slow build, with most of the action left to the "Daughters of Liberty," a group of superheroines that includes, Sue Storm, Mockingbird, Jessica Drew, and a few others. (Natasha would be a natural, but isn't there.)

Our primary villains here are
Feb 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
So all the conspiring the enemies did against Cap in the last issue have paid off here. He is framed an put in jail. Nice watching Cap trying to survive in there and really awesome watching the Daughters of Liberty kick ass and save the day. I have really been digging the pacing of this whole series so far. Sometimes you don’t need to rush your way to the end. I love Coates slow steady pace. Then that reveal of the Dryad?!?!?! So ready for vol 3!!
Alex Sarll
"You don't serve any government, Steve, you serve a country. And a country needs ideals. It needs dreams."
"And what are the contents of those dreams? Freedom. Democracy. The right of people to choose. This is the world they've chosen. This is the world they wanted."

Captain America is discredited, smeared by association with his Hydra double and a death which looks a lot like it was caused by the shield. Meanwhile the likes of von Strucker, lifelong Hydra who only left because it wasn't racist en
Bonnie McDaniel
Mar 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
I've been following Ta-Nehisi Coates as a writer for some time--I've read his essays and purchased his novel, The Water Dancer--and I also have the first two volumes of his Black Panther run. The difference between Black Panther: A Nation Under Our Feet and this volume is considerable. He has found his feet as far as comics writing goes, and this is the best I've yet seen from him.

This volume is pretty introspective, with many of Steve's interior thought bubbles decorating the panels, but given
Dec 30, 2019 rated it liked it
Ta-Nehisi Coates returns to the political drama surrounding his run on Captain America with the second volume under his direction. Wanted for the murder of General Thunderbolt Ross, Steve Rogers decides his best option is to turn himself in. As he learns to survive in the Myrmidon prison for super criminals, his female allies rally together to get at the heart of the conspiracy. These Daughters of Liberty - which include Invisible Woman, Spide-Woman, Mockingbird, Echo, White Tiger, Misty Knight, ...more
Adam Fisher
Dec 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
After the whole events of Secret Empire AND the fact that Steve Rogers is currently under arrest for the murder of General Ross, the outlook doesn't bode well for Captain America. When you add sending him off to The Myrmidon, a prison for people with powers, that is being run by Baron Von Strucker, it seems like a recipe for disaster. But we all know Steve can handle himself.
Who can help get him out of jail AND prove his innocence? Enter "The Daughters of Liberty", a team consisting of The Dryad
Paul Swanson
Apr 27, 2020 rated it liked it
Coates gets a stronger plot going and continues to add his special touch of golden truth. Solid art and coloring. Good layout.
CAPTAIN OF NOTHING. That is so metal.

Also introduces (to me at least) Marvel's Daughters of Liberty:
"You can get the whole history another day. The thing to know is this 'crew of chicks'-- the Daughters of Liberty...We've been fighting for the dream since the dream was conceived."
"We're as old as America. Older in some ways. Governments come and go. But the dream..."
Dakota Morgan
Nov 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
Captain America is in true Winter Soldier form here (the movie version, at least) with government conspiracies abounding and the Captain on the run. Largely, Captain of Nothing is a prison break story and it's hard to ruin one of those, especially when the Ladies of Liberty are the ones coordinating the break-out. I could have used far more of them.

Ta-Nehisi Coates continues to reign in his excessive verbiage, and in this volume, the voiceover text actually makes sense. Adam Kubert's art isn't a
Jun 14, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: comix
I've never been a fan of serialized superhero comics. They make me feel like I'm dropping into the middle of a soap opera, I don't know who half the characters are, and they don't actually end. They just lead from one cliffhanger to the next.

I felt that way while reading this, Vol 2 of Ta-Nehisi Coates's run on "Captain America." I enjoyed Vol 1, which I read a few months ago, but Vol 2 introduces so many new characters who are probably familiar to long-time readers, that I had trouble keeping t
Rob McMonigal
Jul 26, 2020 rated it liked it
Cap continues to be stuck in a trap set by some old enemies (one of which is deeply hidden, in a nice touch that is a familiar Cap trope, but it works) and he ends up in Baron Von Strucker's prison. Can Steve inspire villains the way he does heroes in order to escape and clear his name? Plus, we learn that Marvel's women have their own covert group and they aren't about to play by the rules. All this and a cameo by the Kingpin make it clear that Coates understands how to move around in the Marve ...more
Nov 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novels
It's a heist at the Myrmidon, and Cap is the quarry! But given that he's wanted for murdering a general, and oh, that whole world conquest thing (fake news!), who is left to save him? Bucky? No, he's in hiding. Fury? No, he's actually trying to arrest him (before the government sends somebody worse). Give up? Here's a hint, if I may borrow a line from Elastigirl in a parallel universe: "Girls, come on. Leave the saving of the world to the men? I don't think so."

Again, Coates foresees the current
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Ta-Nehisi Coates is 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." He lives in New York with his wife and son. ...more

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