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Captain America: Sam Wilson #17: Review

Jan 2017
Nick Spencer, Paul Renaud

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4 stars

Captain America: Sam Wilson #17 Review by (January 15, 2017)
Comments: First appearance of the Bombshells, no relation to the mother-daughter team from ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN or the single-named member of Death-Throws and the Femizons. Third consecutive issue where Sam Cap is not on the cover.

Review: Spencer seems to be dragging this storyline out as he is doing on the Steve Cap title. He's a great writer and adds a depth that many previous Cap writers have not but this one is going a bit too long. At first it looked like it would be a serious look at the hardships of succeeding a legend as Captain America especially addressing controversial issues like immigration but as it goes along it's mostly been a lot of haters pouring abuse on Sam and twisting his every motive. No real debate or discussion: Sam's critics, all conservatives, are totally evil and Sam underestimates the power of truth to win out. This issue switches it up a little, introducing a cartoonish left-wing baddie gang as a sort of tiny balance. What looked like a bold courageous attempt to address real matters of substance in a comic book is, in retrospect, a one-sided political rant. And those get tiresome pretty quickly.


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Captain America: Sam Wilson #17 Synopsis by Peter Silvestro

An issue centering on Joaquin Torres, the new Falcon, has Captain America (Sam Wilson) introducing him (to remind the readers who he is) before going into the plot....

Right-wing/anti-Sam Cap TV host Harry Hauser has as guest Ariella Connor, who has written a strongly conservative book on illegal immigration. During the interview she bashes Sam Cap and singles out the new Falcon as an example of a law-breaking illegal. Joaquin is incensed at her remarks and when he learns that she is speaking that night at Empire State University, he is determined to complain to her face. This, of course, is against Sam's advice. On his way downtown he runs into Rage and persuades him to join the mission. Arriving at the college, they find a crowd of protesters outside....

Sneaking in through a back door, Joaquin heads for the stage to confront Ariella Connor. At this point, a bomb is thrown at Connor and Joaquin throws himself on her for protection. The grenade came from the Bombshells, a left-wing terrorist group wanting to kill Connor for her views. Falcon and Rage defeat the baddies and Cap arrives, praising their efforts. But Ariella Connor condemns them on her newscast, ignoring Falcon saving her life. Joaquin is mad at Connor and at Cap who seems to want him to appreciate Cap's position now. Joaquin leaves but Sam asks Rage to stay behind a moment. Sam tells Rage about learning to compromise with age and thanks him for pushing him into a confrontation with the Americops....

On the way home, Rage comes upon Speed Demon and Man Mountain Marko robbing a pawn shop and fights them. Suddenly the baddies take off, leaving Rage to be arrested by the Americops....

Paul Renaud
Paul Renaud
John Rauch
Daniel Acuna (Cover Penciler)
Daniel Acuna (Cover Inker)
Daniel Acuna (Cover Colorist)


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