Today, S.H.I.E.L.D. dispatches Captain America, Black Widow and Agent Rumlow to reclaim the mysterious “Zodiac” device at any cost. Tensions run high with the threat of terrorist reprisal in downtown Chicago, but Cap remains just as unnerved by his own handlers and their refusal to divulge the true nature of the weapon. What does Zodiac do and why does S.H.I.E.L.D. want it?
Written by Peter David, with layouts by Daniel Govar and art by Rock-He Kim, the CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER PRELUDE Infinite Comic—available now—bridges a divide in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Editors Bill Rosemann and Emily Show worked closely with Marvel Studios to highlight an especially stormy period just prior to the events of April’s “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” film. Rosemann then tapped David, who previously adapted “Captain America: The First Avenger” as a comic, to headline this latest project.
Here, David explores a key theme of Steve Rogers’ cinematic journey: the evolution of his patriotic zeal, from the scrappy young man bent on joining the war effort to a more thoughtful leader ever mindful of his minders. The hunt for the Zodiac device leaves Captain America all the more concerned about the intentions behind his marching orders. That not everyone under his command shares those concerns makes for a compelling ensemble piece.
“They know what S.H.I.E.L.D. has told them: that they’re looking for the Zodiac, but they know little to nothing about it,” explains David. “To the Black Widow and Rumlow, that’s fine. They’re okay with doing what they’re told. Cap, however, is way more suspicious and wants a clearer idea of what’s going on, and is annoyed that S.H.I.E.L.D. isn’t big on being forthcoming.”
If he doesn’t quite trust the brass, then can Captain America at least depend on his fellow Avenger, Black Widow?
“I think he sees her as a valued ally,” says David, “But [he] tends to be suspicious of the outfit that she works for. He trusts her as someone to have his back in a fight, but I think also believes that if S.H.I.E.L.D. told her to put a knife in his back, she would do so without hesitation, and that can be problematic.
“Rumlow, meantime, is an eager partner, but Cap doesn’t trust him at all. First, there’s the suspicion aspect. And second, I think Cap is still gun-shy because the last time he had a partner. Bucky wound up dying—or at least so he believes—and he’s not anxious for history to repeat itself.”
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