Written By: Nick Spencer
Art By: Javier Pina
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: July 27, 2016
*Non-Spoiler and Score At The Bottom*
Well, it's time for Captain Hydra to throw his shield into Civil War II! While I may not be the biggest fan of the main series(though I really haven't met anyone a fan of the main series), I've been pleased with the Tie-Ins so far. The Ultimates second Tie-In and Patsy Walker's have been my favorite of the bunch, and when I saw that the next three issues of this series were going to be tie-ins, I was excited and nervous. Excited because we can see how HYDRA plans to play both sides against each other while they grow, and nervous because the story for this series is already pretty big in scope... What if it adds way too much way too quickly? Let's not try to think about that and dive on in...
We open to Sarah Rogers packing with Steve to go on a 'trip' out of the city. See in last issue's flashbacks, Elisa, the HYDRA supporter who has been trying to make Sarah and Steve's lives better through her cause, decided to take the next step in helping them... BY MURDERING STEVE'S FATHER! While young Steve is oblivious to this fact, thinking he finally has left them, but Sarah pieces it together and tries to get them out of there. Before they can leave the apartment, however, they get a visitor: Elisa... and the two goons who threw Papa Rogers off a bridge.
Meanwhile back in the present, Steve is showing the very alive Dr. Selvig around the lab that he will be using for the coming weeks. He explains that he found the lab of Ivan Kragoff, the old Fantastic Four villain known as The Red Ghost, and he procured it from him. If you thought that this whole HYDRA thing was an act for Steve Rogers, I hate to say this flashback confirms his HYDRA lifestyle more. Red Ghost sends his apes at him, and Steve just DECAPITATES ALL OF THEM. I know they're villainous, but Steve would never flat out kill anything. To add to the brutality, when Red Ghost tries to escape, Cap lasso's him as he tries to phase through the wall, making him lose his arm and leg... After Cap uses his hand for the access to the lab, he KILLS Red Ghost.
After that very violent flashback, Eric points out that they have enemies on all sides as they try and build Hydra. Steve comforts him by explaining they all will tear themselves apart. This is where the book gets confusing, as it begins to fire off on many different plot points. It ranges from the sidekicks in the hospital, the new Quasar getting her first set of visions, and the villains of Baglia... and to be perfectly frank, I found it very boring and very pointless. It felt like all of the storylines that were going to be made were just jammed into one issue because Marvel wanted to start over with Steve Rogers.