Writer: Jamie McKelvie
Art: Marika Cresta and Matt Milla
Letters: VC’s Clayton Cowles
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Release Date: May 25th, 2022
Captain Carter #3 amps up the plot, as the shadow group operating in the highest echelons of the STRIKE, the British spy agency, makes their move (and they’re far deadlier than Hydra), Lizzie Braddock cuts loose, and this universe’s Tony Stark debuts.
Captain Carter #3 picks up immediately after the end of the last issue, as Lizzie Braddock is attacked in her apartment by STRIKE’s rogue agents. It’s one hell of a fight, and Lizzie reveals there’s more to her than just a great right hook (hint: mutants just don’t exist on Earth-616).
The entire issue is steeped in paranoia, as Captain Carter tries to continue working for STRIKE while trying to find out more information on who’s behind the group of rogue agents. She doesn’t know who’s rogue and who’s not.
Amidst all this intrigue, Tony Stark arrives. It’s a Stark that’s a lot different from the Earth-616 Stark. He’s still cocky but not quite as cool and laid-back, fawning over Carter like a kid in the 1950’s meeting Mickey Mantle. It’s an interesting difference from the grudging friendship that Earth-616’s Tony Stark and Steve Rogers have. Carter seems to enjoy Stark’s presence, since she knew his grandfather. It brings back a lot of nostalgia for her as she asks Tony questions about him. The two make a great duo.
Harley Davis, another supporting character in the book and an expert computer hacker, gets more time devoted to her also, as she and Lizzie work together. It’s great seeing Peggy Carter’s supporting cast being expanded and developed further. Even though this is just a mini-series, I hope this comes back as a regular series eventually, so we get to see more of these characters after this initial story.
The story’s similar to the film Captain America: The Winter Soldier, with subversive agents, lots of action, and a world that doesn’t operate in black and white.
Marika Cresta’s art on Captain Carter #3 is crisp and the architecture and characters are all drawn perfectly. Captain Carter is especially drawn well, seeming to tower above the other characters in the book.
The fight scenes are visceral, with one fight scene with Captain Carter especially fun to read, as the art captures the powerful one-two attack of Carter’s shield throw and kicks as it decimates her opponents in close quarters. Carter is as masterful with her shield as Steve Rogers is with his, and it shines through in the art.
Captain Carter #3 pulls us deeper into Captain Carter’s Earth and the story. There are some great fight scenes, a few revelations, and a great cliffhanger at the end. I can’t wait to see how the story continues next issue.