The military goes about doing notifications to the families of the deceased soldiers. In the Bronx, NY, Faith Bradley is notified by letter, while a minister and a representative from the Army show up at the Canfield door. Meanwhile, in an undisclosed location, we find Colonel Price ordering blood supplies. He is having a problem securing Negro blood, so he asks for Caucasian blood. In observation room #2 of the location, we see one of the Black soldiers strapped to a table and given an injection. The soldier starts increasing in size and musculature, and keeps increasing until he explodes. An adjustment is made to the serum, and Larsen is given the injection. Surviving the ordeal, Larsen returns to the barracks and asks how he looks. Sgt. Evans replies that since he is the first to come back, he looks great! Meanwhile in the Bronx, Faith is making funeral arrangements for Isaiah. After talking to the funeral home director, she demands to see his body. What she sees in the casket startles her. Maurice’s father is very distraught from the news, and after staring out of his window for a while, goes to get his gun. The injection is given to 6 more of the soldiers, and a squad of Super Soldiers is born. The men are loaded onto a ship and into the cargo hold, heading out for a mission. During the trip, Sgt. Evans tells the story of his biggest battle while in the military. One of the soldiers, Jack, takes ill. With Jacks health deteriorating, he starts seeing visions of the remaining men, transformed into African Warriors.
Writer, Robert Morales and artist Kyle Baker turn in an exciting addition to the Captain America legend.
Story– The experimentation is underway. The government has secured itself human test subjects and proceeds with the massive cover-up. The project hits a snag when blood supplies run low. Colonel Price goes about trying to secure blood, and is told that there is no difference between “black” blood and “white” blood. Lieutenant Merritt laments that he would rather die than receive “black blood”. While Sgt. Evan’s friends and Maurice’s parents are distraught, Faith Bradley demands to see her husband’s body. What she is shown has her in shock. Once the experiments are successful, the newly minted “Super Soldiers” are mobilized and are transported to the battlefield for special ops missions. During the transport Sgt. Evans relates the tale of the “Red Summer” and their fellow soldier Jack passes away, but not before he sees himself and the other soldiers as the warriors they had been transformed into.
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Historical Significance- Charles Drew was a black physician who at the start of WWII developed ways to process, refrigerate, and transport blood. He resigned his post as director of the national blood bank when the War Department ordered that blood be segregated by race. The “Red Summer” that Sgt. Evans is referring to, actually occurred in 1919, and descriptions of that race riot can be found in a various research items.
Cover- The image of the black soldier strapped to the red and white stripped table conjures thoughts of America holding down it’s black men.
Things are starting to pick up. 5/5
Review submitted by Black Heroes member Marcus .H. Roberts