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Captain America: Sentinel of Liberty #1: Review

Jun 2022
?, Carmen Carnero

Story Name:

(No title given)

Review & Comments

Rating:
3.5 stars

Captain America: Sentinel of Liberty #1 Review by (June 15, 2022)

Review: A classic cover heralds the return of Steve Rogers, the original Captain America, in a new volume, again facing threats to the American Dream. Herein, we have another mysterious group that means the end of everything Steve Cap stands for which by this point is exceedingly familiar ground but let’s hope that this group is better written than the previous one, the Power Elite. Otherwise, the writing is fine, with the usual “What Cap stands for” intro going over well; Steve’s attempts to reconnect with the American people is also a tired idea. The art is very good, with the standard Steve Epting/Butch Guice vibe from back in the day. Despite being a bunch of familiar tropes strung together, this first issue makes me look forward to next issue, if only to see if something wholly original happens.   

Comments: Steve gives his age as 104, making him born on July 4, 1918. Bucky makes a rare reference to being the Man on the Wall, as seen in BUCKY BARNES: WINTER SOLDIER (2014). Roger Aubrey was an authentic Golden Age hero known as Dyno-Mite; revived in THE INVADERS, he became the (second) Destroyer in issue #26 of that book and most recently appeared in MARVEL VOICES: PRIDE as one of the company’s chronologically earliest homosexual characters. Written by Jackson Lanzing & Collin Kelly.





 

Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Captain America: Sentinel of Liberty #1 Synopsis by Peter Silvestro

Story begins with the forging of Captain America’s shield, followed by Cap listing what he stands for and over and above all is the American Dream. Desiring to be close to the people he defends, Steve moves into the Brooklyn apartment he grew up in and jogs 32 miles around Manhattan daily, carrying the shield for all to see. He studies computer-generated art at a community college and makes friends wherever he can. At night, he is part of the Radio Company, a group of older folks meeting via radio; one of the gang is Roger Aubrey, the WW2 hero called the Destroyer. Suddenly they pick up a strange numerical broadcast and set to work deciphering it. It’s a message, announcing an “opening move,” a terror attack on New York City during the July 4th parade which is the next day….

The following day, Captain America and Winter Soldier stand guard, watching the parade go by. They spot a fireworks barge on the River and detect an antimatter explosive on board and a man dressed like the Destroyer. Cap slings the shield and conks the guy before swinging down to face him head on. He fires a deadly form of lightning at Cap whose shield protects him. The bad guy leaps to the top of a dirigible where Bucky was standing guard with a sniper rifle and he battles Bucky; Cap orders the balloon carriers to release the dirigible. The villain’s strength and energy weapons are taking a toll on Bucky but when Cap arrives, the baddie turns his attention to him and Bucky shoots at him but Cap intervenes because he doesn’t want anyone to die. Cap punches him out and finds a strange crystal on him; the baddie announces he’s dying and tells him the shield is not Cap’s symbol but “theirs.” And then he dies from a flare-up of internal energy. Cap goes home in a grim mood but Bucky returns to an apartment where he colors in one point on a pentagram and notes, “four more to go….”

A caped mystery villain records a message for his opponents in the “game” that he has put Captain America on the board and his goal is revolution….



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Carmen Carnero
Carmen Carnero
Nolan Woodard
Carmen Carnero (Cover Penciler)
Carmen Carnero (Cover Inker)
Alejandro Sanchez (Cover Colorist)
Letterer: Joe Caramagna.

Characters

Listed in Alphabetical Order.

Captain America
Captain America

(Steve Rogers)
Destroyer
Destroyer

(Roger Aubrey)
Winter Soldier
Winter Soldier

(Bucky Barnes)



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