Captain America and Falcon #1: Review

May 2011
Rob Williams, Rebekah Isaacs

Story Name:

Spikes

Review & Comments

Rating:
4 stars

Captain America and Falcon #1 Review by (August 24, 2013)
Review: The Falcon is showcased in a tale that could have come from the 70s—except for the dark and realistic take on the subject. Old comics, intended for kids, would have framed the “we all have choices to make” message in brighter and more optimistic terms. Here the overwhelming mood is despair and hopelessness—perhaps recognizing that the readers of the comic are more likely to be guys in their 30s. Thus there is no cheery ending wherein Bradley gets a job at the local grocery store and decides to go to community college. No, the lasting image is of the underage punk earlier in the issue who just wanted to kill him an Avenger. No false hope here. Or any kind really.

Comments: One of a series of one-shots issued in connection with the 70th anniversary of Captain America. Includes an abridged version of CAPTAIN AMERICA #144, introducing Falcon’s red and white costume and showing his split from Cap. Collected in a trade edition under the title CAPTAIN AMERICA: ALLIES & ENEMIES.



 

Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Captain America and Falcon #1 Synopsis by Peter Silvestro

The Quinjet is flying out of control over New York as the Grey Gargoyle battles a few Avengers inside. As Spider-Woman tries to steady the craft, the villain turns Hawkeye to stone and hurls Captain America (Bucky) through a window. The hero plummets down only to be caught by the Falcon and brought gently to the ground. The Grey Gargoyle leaps from the ship and crashes to the street; Falcon summons a flock of pigeons to bombard him with guano, driving him off a bridge into the river. Thor and Iron Man arrive but find the situation well in hand….

As Sam Wilson, Falcon is called by Louise, one of his girls when he was the pimp Snap Wilson. Her high-school football star son is missing and his gang involvement jeopardizes his chances of a college scholarship. Falcon takes to the air to search for Bradley but finds a hostile reception from the local gangs. As the former Snap he uses his connections to find the gang leader who directs him to an abandoned house. There he finds Bradley injured in a gang hit gone wrong. When Bradley recovers, Sam meets with him to tell him his life isn’t over, that he can still escape the ghetto if he makes the right choices….


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Rebekah Isaacs
Rebekah Isaacs
Andrew Dalhouse
Greg Tocchini (Cover Penciler)
Greg Tocchini (Cover Inker)
Greg Tocchini (Cover Colorist)


Characters

Listed in Alphabetical Order.

Captain America
Captain America

(James "Bucky" Barnes)
Falcon
Falcon

(Sam Wilson)
Hawkeye
Hawkeye

(Clint Barton)
Iron Man
Iron Man

(Tony Stark)
Spider-Woman
Spider-Woman

(Jessica Drew)
Thor
Thor

(Odinson)