Hitting comic book stores and shelves this week after the BIG TWIST they delivered last month with the first issue of the new ongoing series, Captain America: Steve Rogers #2 does away with the mystery and explains exactly why Steve Rogers shifted gears and uttered the words “HAIL HYDRA” in the final page of the previous issue.
SPOILERS AHEAD. READ BELOW AFTER THE JUMP ONLY IF YOU WANT TO FIND OUT.
In issue #2 of Captain America: Steve Rogers, it’s been revealed that Cap’s recent turn to Hydra’s cause was the result of his restoration to youth by the sentient Cosmic Cube entity known as Kobic… Which was manipulated by none other than Johann Schmidt, aka The Red Skull. That’s right, Cap’s longtime nemesis from World War II had a hand in altering the Sentinel of Liberty’s history and making him into a Hydra agent.
Marvel Editor-in-Chief Axel Alonso had an interview with Comic Book.com on the recent revelation, and now it makes perfect sense from a story standpoint why writer Nick Spencer executed the change. Despite the public outcry and backlash after what went down on issue #1, this follows very much after the Avengers: Standoff story that put Rogers back into his prime. The Red Skull was there at Pleasantville, and he was biding his time as always until it was the perfect moment to strike – namely making Cap believe he’s had a long history with Hydra.
Captain America: Steve Rogers #2 is now in stores worldwide and through digital reading.