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Truth: Red, White and Black #7: Review

Jul 2003
Robert Morales, Kyle Baker

Truth: Red, White and Black #7 cover

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Truth, Part Seven: The Blackvine

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4 stars

Truth: Red, White and Black #7 Review by (October 18, 2010)
Review: Full review of the series will be found under issue #1.

Comments: Celebrities on the Bradley’s wall include Malcolm X, Nelson Mandela, Richard Pryor, Mohammed Ali, Al Sharpton, James Brown, Alex Haley, Quincy Jones, Michael Jackson, Marvin Gaye, Denzel Washington, Spike Lee, Angela Davis, Robert Redford, Arthur Ashe, Colin Powell, ?, Chuck D and Flavor Flav, John Lennon and Yoko Ono, Bono, series creators Robert Morales and Kyle Baker, plus Stan Lee. The grandchild may be Elijah Bradley, now Patriot with the Young Avengers. “In loving memory of June Jordan, 1936-2002”—African-American poet, critic, activist.


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Truth: Red, White and Black #7 Synopsis by Peter Silvestro
Captain America meets with Colonel Walker Price at his brother’s grave in Arlington National Cemetery. Cap asks him about Isaiah Bradley; Price insists that Bradley died at Schwarzebitte. Cap would also like to know how Price ended up as CEO of Koch International—the corporation founded by the mastermind of the Nazi super-soldier project. Price explains that when keeping the racial lines pure was a major goal for both America and Europe, Germany joined the USA in a eugenics project led by Drs. Reinstein and Koch to create a superior soldier; when the War broke out Koch returned to Germany while Reinstein remained in America, setting off a race for the super-soldier. Isaiah Bradley was supposed to steal Koch’s secrets at Schwarzebitte but died instead. Price was disgraced for failing to protect Reinstein and after the war, he became part of the Koch corporation in West Germany, rising to CEO. Cap tells Price that with his back pay (earned while he was on ice) he bought a controlling interest in Koch and will have Price fired—then arrested for the murder of Major Brackett (issue #2) with Lt. Merritt as witness….
A few days later (after Price has committed suicide) Cap visits Faith Bradley, now a burka-clad Muslim, to learn Isaiah’s story. After relating the account found in issue #5, she sends the grandchildren to make Isaiah ready for the visitor. She fills in the rest of the story: Isaiah was smuggled out of the country by the Underground, and returned to the US—where he was court-martialed and sentenced to life in prison for stealing the Captain America costume. On his last day in office President Eisenhower pardoned Isaiah then swore the family to secrecy. The experience left Isaiah broken in mind and body, though he eventually recovered his physical strength. When Faith leaves to check on Isaiah, Cap surveys a wall of photos of Isaiah with many celebrities. Cap plays briefly with one of the grandchildren until he is called in to meet Isaiah. Cap introduces himself to his black counterpart and apologizes for his treatment at the hands of his own country, then presents him with the tattered remains of his uniform; at this the childlike Isaiah’s face lights up. Faith snaps a picture of the two Captains side-by-side, both wearing their colors.

Truth: Red, White and Black #7 cover

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Kyle Baker (Cover Penciler)
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Kyle Baker (Cover Colorist)


Listed in Alphabetical Order.

Captain America
Captain America

(Steve Rogers)

Plus: Captain America (Isaiah Bradley).

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