Saturday, October 24, 2015

'Captain America: Sam Wilson' No. 1 review

It's tough being Captain America. It's even more challenging being a superhero of the people. Just ask Sam Wilson.

The first issue of CAPTAIN AMERICA: SAM WILSON reveals that the still relatively new Cap gets it from all sides.

Much like Charlie Brown, Wilson's Cap can't win for losing. It's tough enough to make any man bearing the mantle of the Star-Spangled Avenger -- which Wilson does with grace fortitude while still remaining true to his roots -- say "Good grief."

Take the expense of being in the superhero business. With not enough money in whatever account Wilson pulls from, taking an Avengers quinjet to Phoenix is much too expensive, so he has to fly coach to follow a tip about the racist Sons of Serpent.

Sure, the party-going college dudes sitting on either side of him are geeked when they recognize Wilson as Captain America.

But the flight attendant isn't impressed; she huffily tells Wilson "you're sure as heckfire not my Captain America."

"You're no the only one," Wilson tells her.

He gets even less respect from SHIELD's Maria Hill -- if that's even possible. She barely tolerates his existence. Given Cap's revoked security clearance, she's only willing to thank him from bringing in Crossbones "once he's stepped out the front door."

Cap holds a press conference to unify the American people, be straight with what he's doing and let them know "I am still working for you" since he's no longer working for SHIELD or the U.S. government. He encourages people to report "injustice in your community" -- only to receive a slew of the most inane and petty complaints.

But that's when Wilson gets a tip from an elderly woman about her missing grandson, whom she believes has been kidnapped by the Sons of Serpent.

It's as Cap reflects on the current state of the country that we see he's the right kind of Captain America, even though the American people seem to have little respect for Wilson.

Like Steve Rogers, Wilson believes in ideals, standing up for the oppressed and taking a stand on issues. (This issue is a way for Cap to take on immigration abuse -- and gets called "Captain Socialist" for his efforts.) This monologue also shows that writer Nick Spencer has a great handle on the Star-Spangled Avenger's character.

Cap is spot on when he says "the country is as divided as it's ever been."

"Even if we don't agree on what to do in our communities, we could at least unite in fighting common enemies," says Wilson, sounding very much like Rogers, the original Captain America and his former partner.

That's spoken like a man who knows what it takes to do and believe in the right thing om tough situations. Wilson embodies the spirit of what Rogers brought to Captain America.

So -- mild spoiler alert!! -- what's with Commander Steve Rogers showing up at the end of this issue to arrest Wilson?

Grade: B

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