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The time for secrets is over. Steve Rogers has started researching the history of Peggy Carter and he’s found Agatha Harkness. She knows the knowledge that Captain America seeks and she wants to help him on his way. She uses her sorcery to show Steve the history of Peggy, Alexa Lukin, and the Daughters of Liberty. Steve is reeling from the revelations, so Peggy and Sharon Carter themselves confront him. They still have new things to reveal to Steve and he may not be ready for it.
Captain America #19 finally has Steve Rogers discovering the true identity of the Dryad and it will change his world forever. Peggy Carter is back from the dead, but that’s not the only thing Steve learns.
This issue is a bit of an info dump. Peggy, Sharon, Agatha Harkness, Alexa Lukin, and the Daughters of Liberty are all expanded upon in this issue. It’s a story of secret societies, resurrections, and spying. Naturally, it shakes the trust of Steve Rogers, but he does understand why it all had to be this way.
Alexa Lukin and Agatha Harkness are the new surprise players in this. Agatha has a long and mysterious history in Marvel. Alexa, on the other hand, apparently used to help the other side before the fall of the Soviet Union. Also, Peggy’s history may go further back than we knew.
It’s a lot of retconning. I’ll admit that I have a higher tolerance for such things than most, but at least it’s interesting. At the end of the day, that’s the most one can ask for when a comic rewrites its own history like this.
Jason Masters, Bob Quinn, and Lucas Werneck split the artwork on this venture. Each artist is very skilled, and their styles complement one another’s quite well. Matt Milla is the color artist throughout and he ensures that the palette is well-balanced yet popping.
Captain America #19 is a comic full of revelations. Steve Rogers learns far more than he expected and so does the reader by extension. It’s a major retcon to the Marvel Universe, but it’s at least an intriguing one. As such, this comic still earns a recommendation. Feel free to check it out.
Captain America #19 comes to us from writer Ta-Nehisi Coates, artists Jason Masters, Bob Quinn, and Lucas Werneck, color artist Matt Milla, letterer VC’s Cory Petit, cover artist Alex Ross, and variant cover artist Junggeun Yoon.
Final Score: 7.5/10
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