Released: April 25th 2017
Received: Marvel Unlimited
Issues: Steve Rogers 7-11
This volume didn’t hold up as well as the first one, but I also suspect there’s a lot of setting up going on. This would explain why the plot was a bit more on the dry side, with lots of exposition. That being said the artwork was beautiful – the main cover image being one of my favorites (admittedly this is partially because I love the chosen palette for it).
There’s a lot going on in volume two. For one thing, the flashbacks to Steve’s past continue -admittedly not my favorite type of storytelling, so I’m a bit biased on that count. I found the flashbacks to be pretty boring and dry, despite the message they’re trying to convey. I’m not sure we (the readers) needed our hands held quite so much.
Alongside this we have the namesake of the volume: the trial of Maria Hill. Because nothing will spice up a series like a court trial! It’s not like it’s the first one to occur because of the events in Civil War II…oh wait. But seriously while I don’t dislike Maria Hill I found myself seriously struggling to care about the whole thing. I’m sure I’ll regret that later, because likely Maria Hill not being in charge of S.H.I.E.L.D. is going to come back to bite everyone in the butt (especially because of who they appointed in her place).
Meanwhile Rogers is trying to resolve all of his “loose ends” so to speak. First there’s Jack, and then there’s his little hidden scientist (aka Selvig), but obviously he’s planning on keeping him around (a fact that I love, in case you were curious). I’ll admit my heart broke a little during the funeral, especially at the line: because they always come back. That he was a character I didn’t really know doesn’t change the impact of that statement.
I have so many questions about Zemo. I would be absolutely shocked if Zemo believe the alternate history that Captain Rogers spewed at him. I mean, after all – why should he? I sincerely think that Zemo is playing Rogers. Now, granted I could be wrong on that count, but it just seemed too easy. I’m sure it’ll be revealed either way in volume three or four.
Despite my concerns about the series, I think I’ll continue reading it for now. I’ll give volume three a chance; hopefully there will be an upswing after all this set up. If not, well at least I tried it!