Captain America: Who Will Wield The Shield? #1: Review

Dec 2009
Ed Brubaker, Luke Ross

Story Name:

Who Will Wield the Shield?

Review & Comments

4 stars

Captain America: Who Will Wield The Shield? #1 Review by (February 21, 2010)
Transcription of letter signed by U.S. President Barack Obama during his meeting with Steve Rogers: "The White House, Washington. NOW, THEREFORE, I, Barack H. Obama, President of the United States, pursuant to the pardon power conferred upon me by Article 11, Section 2, of the Constitution, have granted and by these presents do grant a full, free, and absolute pardon unto Captain America for all offenses against the United States which he, Captain America, has committed or may have commited or taken part in pursuant to the Superhuman Registration Act. IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereinto set my hand this day in the year of our Lord two thousand and nine, and of the Independence of America the two hundred and thirty third."

Captain America: Who Will Wield The Shield? #1 Review by (March 15, 2010)
Issue begins with a detailed synopsis of REBORN, surprising in that this appeared before that miniseries was completed. It also includes a lead-in to THE SIEGE, Marvel’s big event of 2010. President Obama’s face is not clearly seen, nor is his name mentioned though his identity is obvious.


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Captain America: Who Will Wield The Shield? #1 Synopsis by Peter Silvestro
Captain AmericaSteve Rogers—recalls his adventures with Bucky during World War 2 and how he had to inspire his men to victory. As he explained to Bucky afterward, he had to live up to the responsibility of being America’s only Super-Soldier. Now, many years later, Natalia Romanova finds Bucky Barnes contemplating a new costume, assuming he will be giving the Captain America position back to the newly returned Steve, and asks why there can’t be two Captain Americas. Elsewhere Sharon Carter comforts Steve who is still trying to recover from his traumatic experiences while "dead." Bucky decides to go out late that night for one final adventure as Cap, meanwhile Steve, who can’t sleep, also dons his red-white-and-blue costume and heads out. Cap/Bucky and the Black Widow track down Mr. Hyde who has escaped from the Raft and battle him and his men. Bucky spots Cap/Steve watching from a nearby rooftop and hurls the shield to him, and Steve takes down the fleeing Hyde. Later, Steve and Bucky have a private chat: Steve is not sure he wants to go back to being Captain America and he hands the shield back to Bucky with his blessing. At home, he explains to the (sleeping) Sharon his belief that if Bucky does not continue being Captain America, he may die, so he has to sacrifice his own future for his friend. A few days later, Steve arranges a meeting with President Barack Obama. The President signs a pardon for Captain America, and Steve explains how he isn’t sure if he can pick up his shield again, but leaves it up to the President. Obama says it’s all right but has a feeling that the country may need to call on him for something much bigger in the days ahead….

Preview Pages
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Luke Ross
Luke Ross
Dean White
Gerald Parel (Cover Penciler)
Gerald Parel (Cover Colorist)


Listed in Alphabetical Order.

Black Widow
Black Widow

(Natasha Romanoff)
Captain America
Captain America

(Steve Rogers)

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