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Captain America: Sam Wilson #4: Review

Dec 2015
Nick Spencer, Paul Renaud

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4.5 stars

Captain America: Sam Wilson #4 Review by (December 27, 2015)
Comments: Claire Temple, then a nurse, was introduced in LUKE CAGE, HERO FOR HIRE #2 and appeared frequently in Cage’s various series over the years; at some later point she became a doctor. A variation on the character is played by Rosario Dawson in the DAREDEVIL Netflix series. Diamondback was introduced in CAP #310 and a became a frequent guest through the late ‘80s and early 90s, becoming a romantic interest for Cap starting in ish #371; after several appearances in AVENGERS: THE INITIATIVE and CABLE AND DEADPOOL, Ed Brubaker bought her back into Cap’s life as a nondescript SHIELD agent in CAPTAIN AMERICA (2011 series) #11-15. Oh and the scene on the cover does not appear inside the issue.

Review: Status quo: after scaring us with the news that Captain America would be more politically active, Marvel turns it into a comic romp—which generates a worry of its own, that the series will be mostly played for light comedy like the recent Hawkeye and She-Hulk series. The new Wall Street Serpent Society is a clever idea (and Viper is a hoot in golfing attire) and it’s really nice to see Diamondback again. For now, the writing is sharp, the art enjoyable, and the reading experience is a lot of fun.


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Captain America: Sam Wilson #4 Synopsis by Peter Silvestro

The Serpent Society under the original Viper (Jordan Stryke, returned from the dead) has reinvented itself as Serpent Solutions, offering to do the dirty work that major Wall Street corporations need done but are unwilling to do themselves—and any executive who has a conscience is eliminated by the Serpents to keep business running smoothly….

The mysterious informer known as the Whisperer has filled new Captain America Sam Wilson in on the company’s dirty dealings. Meanwhile, Sam Cap has his own troubles: since being turned into Capwolf last issue by the evil Dr. Karl Malus he is having trouble such as barking at noises, eating out of garbage cans, howling at the moon…and shedding. They have called in Dr. Claire Temple to deal with the problems: Redwing is now a vampire (bitten by Baron Blood in ALL-NEW CAP #5-6) and Joaquin Torres has been transformed into a bird-man. While Cap’s condition is temporary, Joaquin’s looks to be permanent and he is enjoying the power of flight, annoying his keeper Misty Knight….

Looking for inside information on the Serpent Society, Cap heads to the sleazy side of town to look up Diamondback (Rachel Leighton), formerly a Society member turned hero for hire but now reduced to being an exotic dancer. [On a golf course, Viper is reassuring a nervous client that he has taken steps to deal with their Captain America problem.] A truck crashes into where Cap and Diamond were sitting and it disgorges three Serpent agents: Black Racer, Cottonmouth, and Constrictor. Rachel joins Sam in fighting them off but she is knifed by Black Racer. A ferocious Cap takes them all out and tends to Rachel’s wound—then she stabs him with a poisoned diamond. When he recovers consciousness he finds he is a prisoner in the boardroom of Serpent Solutions….

Paul Renaud
Paul Renaud
Romulo Fajardo
Paul Renaud (Cover Penciler)
Paul Renaud (Cover Inker)
Paul Renaud (Cover Colorist)


Listed in Alphabetical Order.

Captain America
Captain America

(Sam Wilson)

(Rachel Leighton)

(Joaquin Torres)

Plus: Black Racer, Claire Temple, Cottonmouth, Serpent Society, Viper (Jordan Stryke).

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