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Captain America: Sam Wilson #10: Review

Jun 2016
Nick Spencer, Angel Unzueta

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4 stars

Captain America: Sam Wilson #10 Review by (June 26, 2016)
Comments: War Machine James “Rhodey” Rhodes died in FREE COMIC BOOK DAY 2016 CIVIL WAR II. Attendees at Rhodey's funeral include Steve Cap, Ms Marvel (Kamala Khan), Captain Marvel (Carol Danvers), Spider-Man (Miles Morales), Nova (Sam Alexander), Vision, Beast, Rogue, Deadpool, Thor (Jane Foster), Iron Fist, Tigra, White Tiger. Rage was introduced in AVENGERS #326 and spent most of the 1990s as a member of either the Avengers or the New Warriors; his appearances have been sparse of late. Senator Herald was introduced last issue; Paul Keane makes his debut here. Mother Bethel A.M.E. Church is very much a real, historic place in Philadelphia, Pa.

Review: Tie-in to CIVIL WAR II is kind of odd as the whole issue is dedicated to the funeral of a character who rarely had anything to do with Captain America. Rhodey was first, last, and always associated with Iron Man and it's strange that he isn't memorialized there. And yet, the issue works, with Sam giving a nice send-off to a beloved character—who Marvel claims will not be back. Right, we've heard that before. The funeral is the centerpiece of the issue, leaving the beginning and ending parts about the Americops to tide us over until the next issue.


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Captain America: Sam Wilson #10 Synopsis by Peter Silvestro

Captain America Sam Wilson is having a tough time. First, with the return of Steve Rogers, the calls for Sam to resign as Cap are becoming even stronger. Then oil millionaire Paul Keane creates a private police force called the Americops to clean up crime, supported by Senator Tom Herald of Texas, who is also a leader in the anti-Sam movement, despite charges that the Americops are violating civil liberties....

Sam arrives at Mother Bethel A.M.E. Church in Philadelphia for the funeral of James “Rhodey” Rhodes, War Machine, who was recently killed in action. Misty Knight leads him to a meeting with the other major heroes of African descent: Black Panther, Brother Voodoo, Luke Cage, Nick Fury Jr., Spectrum (Monica Rambeau), and Storm. After greetings, they fill Sam in on the circumstances of Rhodey's heroic death and when they begin to debate the issue of Ulysses, Sam shuts them down, wanting to know who will speak. As it turns out, everyone was assuming he (Sam) would. Outside, Misty convinces the reluctant Sam that he needs to give the eulogy, offering hope that black children still have a role model in the superhero community....

In costume, Sam addresses the assembled mourners, describing Rhodey as a true hero, one who readily took on the mantle of Iron Man when Tony Stark needed him, keeping his identity a secret so as not to endanger the mission. And so he inspired all of them to carry out the mission, stand by their friends and to demonstrate what being a hero really means....

In an inner city, a group of teens are worried about the brutal presence of the Americops, then the ex-Avenger Rage shows up to tell them they are going to start fighting back....

Angel Unzueta
Angel Unzueta
Cris Peter
Daniel Acuna (Cover Penciler)
Daniel Acuna (Cover Inker)
Daniel Acuna (Cover Colorist)


Listed in Alphabetical Order.

Black Panther
Black Panther

Captain America
Captain America

(Steve Rogers)
Iron Man
Iron Man

(Tony Stark)

(Ororo Munroe)

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