If you love Steve Rogers as much as I do, you definitely need to read this comic.
Written as a diary, the story follows Steve as he adjusts to the modern world and weighs his options. Will he work for S.H.I.E.L.D. or go to school or draw comics for the rest of his life? The artist Robyn captures the spirit of autobio comics (made famous by the likes of Allison Bechdel and Art Art Spigelman), which are often awkward and grounded in the mundane. They cleverly combine this aesthetic with the epic circumstances of Captain America's life.
Some of the comics are light-hearted and relatable. During WWII, Steve Rogers was frozen and presumed dead on a mission to prevent the Nazis from launching a missile at New York. He was rediscovered in 2013.
Who wouldn't cringe at the thought of almost seventy years' worth of library fees?
Others are more melancholy. Steve is the son of Irish immigrants, who faced disheartening discrimination upon their arrival in America. While the reality of the immigrant struggle has been considered in-depth over the past decades, it doesn't seem as if it's Steve's exposure to the future that is triggering this discovery so much as the growth and introspection that comes with adulthood.
Even though he was born in 1918, physically he's only in his mid-twenties.
Steve is also a war veteran. When he entered WWII, he was placed on the front lines. He went on dangerous missions and saw incredibly traumatizing combat. After the conflict, many soldiers were gradually eased back into civilian life, but Steve didn't have that time to adjust.
It's easy to imagine he would have trouble dealing with the aftermath of the war.
Sometimes, that aftermath will mean nightmares.
One of the best parts of this story is seeing Steve interact with the other Avengers. Many fans have commented that Tony Stark is irresponsible, and has an unhealthy relationship with alcohol. While Tony's relationship with Steve has always been historically fraught, the comic depicts a more hopeful perspective.
Seeing their friendship develop is incredibly touching.
And of course, there's still plenty of light-hearted comics to make you smile.
Prove Steve wrong.
Of course we're interested! You can read the entire comic here, just be prepared for the bombardment of Steve Rogers feels you're going to have by the end of it. I promise I'll be here to sob about it with you when you're ready.