Sam Wilson: Captain America #2 Review

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When Steve Rogers was restored to his natural age, he chose one of his closest and most trusted allies to take up his shield. Now Sam Wilson, formerly the Avenger known as Falcon, carries on the fight for liberty and justice as the all-new, all-different Captain America!

What I thought

Cover- Quite a fitting considering this issue was touted as a big breakaway between Samuel and Steve. Acuna frames the modern versions of each hero walking away from each other while their golden age selves smiles rather stupidly in the background. The American flag colors Red, White and Blue also jump off the cover due to the contrast with the black and white background. Daniel Acuna’s art is on point and at home here with Samuel Wilson. The interiors are on point. Everything looks great! Nick Spencer has taken a page from Al Ewing with how awesome he’s portraying Sam Wilson’s telepathic link to birds. Spencer uses it for surveillance and just straight up comedy. This is one of my favourite new releases because of how much of a conversation piece it can be. This story showed a maturing Samuel Wilson in the mantle of Captain America. He’s not with SHIELD or his mentor which is a good thing because it’s that difference that makes Sam so interesting to read.

The divide is illustrated very well with the line in the sand being that Samuel as a black man in America can only hope his country and government will do right thing while Steve…ever the idealist believes that his country will do the right thing. This is a thought echoed all across my facebook feed as we see many African Americans victimized and brutalized by the agents of the government aka the Police. This book is deliciously political as all hell with Spencer having his characters voice modern day American concerns with Sam as the focal point.

Overall I can’t help but feel that Samuel Wilson despite being only a handful of issue into his run as Captain America feels truly resonant in modern day America, we here at World of Black Heroes simply love it! 4/5 stars

stars- 4 very good

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  • October 31, 2015 at 5:37 am
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    I largely agree with what you say
    The cover was effective and the art was good
    But what I most liked was the story
    I thought it was solidly entertaining and and thoughtful with politics and a touch of humor
    I really did like the idea of an Edward Snowden /wiki leaks type character revealing that S H I E L D was secretly putting together A cosmic Cube was nicely topical and I thought Maria Hill’s denial / justification of the project sounded wonderfully authentic .
    Also re activating the Sons of Serpent as an Amerika First vigilante border patrol that was also fronting / being used for for a wider conspiracy was a great piece of story construction
    Samuel’s interaction with Misty was perfect I really like how she is being presented in this title .I hope we see more of her
    And I really did appreciate the mention of “This American Life ”
    I thought the exchange between Steve and Samuel regarding the “Whisperer ” having to stand trial was pitch perfect .
    But I must say I thought the story pulled it punches a little bit when Samuel , in response to Steve’s ( rather desperate – I thought ) assertion that he” had”to believe that the Whisperer will receive a fair hearing ( and there by addresses the larger point that his country will do the right thing when push comes to shove ), responds( grimly) that he” hopes “it will .
    I thought that sounded a little contrived .At the very least I thought the character should have expanded his statement to include added words/ thoughts to the effect that he would not be surprised if the U S A came up short again ( As a personal side when I first read this part of the story my mind flashed onto a line from a poem by Langston Hughes – America has never been America for me ” )
    But what I liked most of all was the ending where the woman comes up to Samuel thanking him for ” fighting for us” and the way her comment sparked a discussion amongst the passengers
    I thought this was a very hopeful ending for I believe that it is via discussion and interaction among ordinary people unfiltered by the media and the special interest groups and unobstructed by the powerful that problems are dealt with and a way forward is found
    I am beginning to think there might be some hope for Marvel after all

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    • October 31, 2015 at 11:26 am
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      I said it before and I’ll say it again JJ,you should be writing reviews on the website! It’s about time!

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      • October 31, 2015 at 1:37 pm
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        I totally agree!

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