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Captain America: Sam Wilson #25: Review

Aug 2017
Nick Spencer, Jesus Saiz

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4 stars

Captain America: Sam Wilson #25 Review by (August 12, 2017)
Comments: Final issue of series. Retitled simply CAPTAIN AMERICA for this tie-in to SECRET EMPIRE. “Warning: Read this issue before SECRET EMPIRE #8.” Art is credited to Jesus Saiz with Joe Bennett & Joe Pimentel. Brian McAllister was previously seen in SECRET EMPIRE #1.

Review: Barf! Seriously, dude? Wait, we'll get back to him. So what's up in this final issue of Cap's comic? Nothing that major. The story is organized by the speeches made by Sam Cap and Steve Cap but they don't have a confrontation as implied by the cover, they don't even meet. It's just another installment of the serial, setting up events in the main Secret Empire series. Back to Barf: this as to be one of the strangest superpowers in comics history, beating even DC's Matter Eater Lad, whose abilities go in the, er, opposite direction. It's a creative touch standing in the midst of the grim goings-on to offer a light-hearted reprieve, as with the Mole Man's appearance in issue #23. We could have used a few more of these.


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Captain America: Sam Wilson #25 Synopsis by Peter Silvestro

The tale opens with the Tony Stark AI trying to blow out the candle on a birthday cake. He can''t so he shoots it with a repulsor ray, which really wasn''t the solution either....

Supreme Hydra Steve Rogers announces to the world that the US will be going to war with its two enemies, Wakanda and New Tian, casting them both as aggressors and his response as justice....

Kraken, Hive, and Viper lead the invasion of New Tian; their secret ruler Emma Frost agrees to negotiate a ceasefire with Steve Rogers, turning over their Cosmic Cube fragment as a gesture of goodwill—but they will never surrender....

Black Panther, leading the defenses of Wakanda against the Hydra invaders, is shocked when his soldiers refuse to obey his orders. It turns out that Dr Faustus has exerted his mind control powers over them, leading them to surrender while Baron Zemo seizes the Panther as prisoner....

In the Nevada desert, Captain America Sam Wilson rallies the surviving members of the Underground leading them in an assault on the prison camp for Inhumans at New Attilan. When they arrive they find the prisoners are already rising up against the guards, thanks to a new inmate: Barf. Brian McAllister (as he prefers to be called) has the ability to vomit anything he can visualize—in this case, the guards'' keys. Tony Stark has an idea and asks Brian if he can disgorge a working fragment of the Cosmic Cube—and Brian can. Later, after Tony has tested it—by “wishing” for a birthday cake and being given one by a refugee child—he reveals that a fragment of the Cube has limited power in itself, realizing that Steve Rogers survived his encounter with Spider-Man (in SECRET EMPIRE #7) by the same means. He and Sam start making plans to use it to obtain more fragments—and take the fight to Hydra''s doorstep....

In Atlantis, Prince Namor the Sub-Mariner is frustrated that he is looked on as a coward by his people for giving up his fragment of the Cosmic Cube to prevent war with Hydra. His mysterious aide is revealed to be Bucky Barnes---who also has a plan....

Jesus Saiz
Rachelle Rosenberg
Jesus Saiz (Cover Penciler)
Jesus Saiz (Cover Inker)
Jesus Saiz (Cover Colorist)

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