Monday, July 11, 2016

Captain America: Sam Wilson #11 Review and *SPOILERS* - Marvel Mondays

The Choice is Yours... 

Written By: Nick Spencer
Art By: Daniel Acuna
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: July 6, 2016
Publisher: Marvel Comics

*Non-Spoilers and Score At The Bottom*

It's time to get back to our favorite winged avenger in the midst of Civil War II. Last issue, Sam Wilson gave the eulogy to the Avenger who died at the beginning of the event, which made for a very nice send off for our hero. As he is wrapped up in these events, a new threat has been growing on the streets... and it wears a badge. No, I'm not talking about recent events in the news, I'm talking about the new initiative that Senator Tom Herald and CEO Paul Keane created to protect the streets: THE AMERICOPS. Yup, were covering THIS topic. As you can guess, the cops are brutal, and it's causing unrest. At the end of the last issue, the hero known as Rage tells the neighborhood tormented by the Americops that he will lead them against these new oppressive protectors. How will Sam deal with this along with the Civil War? Let's dive in and find out... 

After a quick recap of the events of civil war so far, we find Sam Wilson watching a bunch of video requests for him to take down the Americops. Misty Knight gives him the lowdown of the people in charge, but also tells him that they really have no proof that the Americops are being brutal. The new Falcon tells him that they need to intervene before more people get hurt. Sam, who has been in the political spotlight since the beginning of the series, says that they need to be extremely careful, especially with this new Civil War brewing. This makes perfect sense. It shows that not only is Sam growing as a character, but knows that unless they have actual proof they can't do much.

We then flashback to two instances with Captain Marvel and Iron Man, each trying to get Sam on their side of the war while fighting the Chitauri and cyborg ninjas. While Marvel is making a good case, Iron Man pulls out the sad truth that this future sight that Ulysses has could possibly be: profiling. 

This makes sense to why Sam is against Captain Marvel's side of the argument… BUT we don't get a logical response from Captain Marvel. Instead, she goes on to state that she knows that she looks like the villain of this war and it doesn't matter who she gets on her side because she believes in this. Seriously though, if she actually believed in this, you'd think she would have a much easier time to logically explain it to both Sam and The Reader. Instead, we get a woman who hopes she's doing the right thing, when we should get a woman standing tall, believing in her cause. Can it get any worse? Yup. When we cut back to the conversation with Iron Man, we see Tony offering Sam some money to join his side.  In about five pages, Nick Spencer just made the leaders of the Civil War look like a pair of bickering children. 

When we come back to the present, Sam is in the middle of making a video stating his side in the war, when his team calls him in to see Rage on TV, ready to fight the Americops. Sam decides enough is enough and suits up.

We end the issue, not in America, but in a classified location. We watch as a man with a circular shield beats down a group of terrorists with the American military. When he takes down the last one, a soldier approaches him saying the senate is calling him... To which the U.S.Agent replies that he's busy.

Bits and Pieces: 

If I had to describe this issue in a single word, it would be unbalanced. On the one hand, you have a very promising and topical story with a nice tie to the current event, while on the other you have some messy character interactions that leave a little bit of a bitter taste in your mouth about both sides on the conflict. As expected, the art of Daniel Acuna still makes the book look unique and awesome. While I might not have liked the Civil War parts, I can't wait to see where this story goes.

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