Art By: Angel Unzueta
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: June 22, 2016
During the first issue of Civil War II, an iconic member of the Avengers died while helping The Ultimates take down Thanos. This Avenger: James Rhodes aka War Machine. As he was a public hero, with everyone knowing his identity, there is a service for him, which is where our Flying Captain comes in.
Recently there has been more and more people demanding Sam return the shield to Steve along with a new group of "heroes" called the Americops, who many believe will do better than our winged hero. However, Sam pushes all those problems to the back burner as he heads off to attend the funeral of one of their own.
When he arrives at the church, Sam's Girlfriend, Misty Knight, leads him to a back room, where some of the most iconic African-American heroes in the Marvel Universe has gathered: Black Panther, Nick Fury, Luke Cage, Storm, Voodoo, and Ultimate's Member Spectrum. As Sam is greeted by the rest of the room, he learns of what exactly happened from Black Panther and soon the debate begins to arise over the inhuman that can see the future. The heroes are soon turned against one another, but Sam tells them to cut the shit, and that one of this group has to give a eulogy to honor their fallen brother in arms... to which all of them force him to give it.
Sam feels like that there HAS to be someone better than him to give this thing like Iron Man or Carol Danvers. Misty sets the record straight on why it has to be him. He is Captain America AND he is black. War-Machine inspired kids of all races to be like him by supplying hope, and Sam now has to do the same. Sam feels ready enough and goes off to give the speech. He recounts the history of how War-Machine started, how he inspired people, and how everyone can try to be like him.
It really was a great homage to the War-Machine character, and a good send off till he comes back because no comic character stays dead forever. The book ends with Sam saying a farewell to James, thanks him for his service and watching over them, before flying off to join the rest of his "family" to speak of the good times.
Bits and Pieces
This issue felt short, but I don't really think that's a bad thing. This issue was supposed to be a tie-in, but not one of those huge side battle ones. This one was supposed to push the emotion of mourning as the world had lost one of it's greatest heroes. It feels quiet, personal, looks fantastic, and while it was a bit off-putting as the main story of the series was pushed at the beginning and end of the book while the next few issues will be focused on Civil War II I can openly say this was pretty good.