Challenging the current political climate in the US, with Sam Wilson taking a stand against the prevalence of right-wing fear and hate mongering, thisChallenging the current political climate in the US, with Sam Wilson taking a stand against the prevalence of right-wing fear and hate mongering, this comic tackles some tough issues- and the crazy reaction from elements of our society proves that Sam/Cap's points have validity- and harkens back to great storylines in the past when Steve Rogers stood up against the establishment. However, this storyline suffers from making Steve into a rather unsympathetic character. The artwork is good, and they bring back D-Man, so that's awesome! I really like Sam as Falcon and wish he could have been brought into prominence as an iconic character in his own right as opposed to taking the mantle of Cap. There is a strange element here that could be read as saying that African-American characters can't stand on their own- with their own identities- and need to assume the mantle of an established Caucasian character to earn legitimacy and be marketable. A black Captain American forces certain preconceived notions to be addressed, however, and it makes logical sense that Steve would trust the mantle of Cap to longtime friend and ally Sam- so maybe this is a bit hyper-critical. If so, it probably stems from the fact that even though this particular move for these particular characters makes sense, I read it as part of an ongoing trend of having more culturally diverse characters assume the role/name/title of pre-established characters. And that trend is actually the target of my skepticism not Sam/Cap.
I am also a bit peeved about the Misty Knight romantic sub-plot mainly because Iron Fist/Misty Knight was the first inter-racial romantic subplot in comics (as far as I can remember) and the Sam/Misty romance seems forced and out of the blue. Ultimately, this is a good comic, but not phenomenal. It is sad that less than a year later, Steve Rogers is back as Cap with a headlining grabbing twist that might just bury what Spencer was trying to accomplish with Sam.
Brilliant art work, great characterization. The return of Steve Rogers, Sharon Carter, and, for long-time readers great third tier characters Free SpiBrilliant art work, great characterization. The return of Steve Rogers, Sharon Carter, and, for long-time readers great third tier characters Free Spirit/American Spirit and Jack Flag! Has a modern feel but classic tone with the creation of a "Cap Family" type group. The hype over the twist ending and big shocker plot is undeserved- read issue 2 and find out why!...more
Bursting with characterization and a sense of positive growth, this rebirth of the DCU would have gotten 5 stars if not for the "big reveal" at the enBursting with characterization and a sense of positive growth, this rebirth of the DCU would have gotten 5 stars if not for the "big reveal" at the end. It wasn't necessary and raises my fear that Geoff Johns will fall back into his pattern of great starts but muddled middles and horrendous endings....more