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Captain America: Sam Wilson #2: Review

Oct 2015
Nick Spencer, Daniel Acuna

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4 stars

Captain America: Sam Wilson #2 Review by (November 1, 2015)
Comments: For background on the Armadillo, see CAPTAIN AMERICA #308 and 316, elsewhere on this site. More on Karl Malus next time.

Review: The flashback within a flashback organization of this issue threatens to derail the story but with patience it can be untangled (I did my best to help), nicely wrapping up the situation with Sam and Steve and SHIELD for the ensuing series. It’s an interesting new direction—and I’m guessing the controversial political stuff will move into the background as we go into some Cap versus a mad scientist adventure moves to the forefront. And who expected the Armadillo to show up yet again (after having appeared in last year’s ALL-NEW CAPTAIN AMERICA, Sam’s debut in the colors)?


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Captain America: Sam Wilson #2 Synopsis by Peter Silvestro

Sam Wilson, current Captain America, is still en route from Phoenix to New York as he continues to review his recent history for his annoying seatmates….

Six months ago, a hacker known only as The Whisperer leaked SHIELD documents revealing the existence of a top secret program called Kobik, using fragments of the Cosmic Cube to alter reality for national security purposes. SHIELD Director Maria Hill issued a statement defending Kobik, instead determining to identify The Whisperer. Captain America Sam Wilson immediately denounced the project, demanding it be shut down. Former Cap Steve Rogers publicly defended Sam’s right to define his mission as he sees fit. Steve also declined to criticize Sam’s positions other than to go on record as also opposing Kobik…. Afterward, Sam and Steve split, with Steve believing his country would always do the right thing and Sam merely hoping. SHIELD tracked down The Whisperer and Cap helped him get away, which the informant repaid with secret information on Hydra’s doings (leading to the defeat of that group and Sam’s break with SHIELD seen in issue #1)….

Now, Steve Rogers and a SHIELD team are asking Sam Cap to stand down, while they arrest the Sons of the Serpent terrorists. The Serpents fight back with a rocket launcher and Old Cap and New Cap stand together against the baddies. A serpent takes one of the immigrants hostage, then uses a short-range teleporter to get away. Steve criticizes Sam Cap for interfering with an ongoing investigation; Cap takes off to follow up, sending a flock of birds to mess on the SHIELD Agents….

Using his avian network, Cap trails the escaped Serpent to a nearby diner—where he finds him palling around with his “hostage.” Cap confronts them over the teleporter and the Armadillo enters, reveals that he gave the teleporter to the terrorists, and immediately begins bashing Cap around, accusing Cap of lying to him when he said he was going to help find a cure for the misshapen monster. (Sam informs us that he tried but all the scientists he talked to said a cure was impossible). Redwing shrieks, stunning Armadillo so Cap can push him in front of a moving train (he doesn’t get hurt much). Cap questions the phony hostage and learns that he and his cronies were hired to procure males for scientific research in New York—and Sam recalls Misty Knight and her anger that he had dragged her out to New Mexico when the real mystery was in New York….

Now on the plane, Sam gets a message from The Whisperer revealing that the bad guy behind the kidnappings is Dr Karl Malus. After several people stop by to offer support for Sam, he puts his gear together, activates the teleporter and he and Redwing fly away, leaving the jet behind….

Daniel Acuna
Daniel Acuna
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Daniel Acuna (Cover Penciler)
Daniel Acuna (Cover Inker)
Daniel Acuna (Cover Colorist)


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Captain America
Captain America

(Sam Wilson)

Plus: Sons of the Serpent, Steve Rogers (Old self).

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