I do not think that there can ever be enough books about anything and I say that knowing that some of them are going to be about Pilates.The more knowledge the better seems like a solid rule of thumb, even though I have watched enough science fiction films to accept that humanity’s unchecked pursuit of learning will end with robots taking over the world.-Sarah Vowell

Friday, June 30, 2017

Captain America: Sam Wilson: Not My Captain America by Nick Spencer (Writer), Daniel Acuna (Artist), Mike Choi (Aritst), Paul Renaud (Artist), Romuld Fajardo (Colorist), and VC's Joe Caramagna (Letterer)

This first comic opens with the former Falcon, Sam Wilson, who Steve Rogers passed down the mantle of Captain America too not to long ago, flying coach on a plane going somewhere and the story is told in flashbacks beginning with his takedown of Hydra.  Something really bad has happened between him and SHIELD that has caused the two of them to break off with the Hydra job being the last thing he seems to have agreed to do for them and then leave.  

Sam decides to go to the press and offer up his ideas on what can be done to make things better and gets raked over the coals for it.  His reputation is in tatters.  He still wants to help people so he sets up a hotline for people to call him if they need him. This turns out to be a bit of a mistake in a way because he gets calls from people who want him to do something about a cheating husband, a canceled TV show, and noise complaints.

But one of them is from a grandmother whose grandson, Joaquin is missing. He would go out into the desert to leave water and supplies for those who cross the border and he went out to do just that and hasn't come back home. The police won't help and the grandmother believes that he has been taken by the group the Sons of the Serpent.

Misty Knight his work partner (do not think of calling her a sidekick) refuses to go to the Mexican border because she thinks it's dangerous and a waste of time and money they don't have.  Dennis Dunphy, his pilot, mechanic, and field backup does not have much to do since there's no money for this mission. Sam's brother, a pastor, raises enough funds for him to take a plane trip to and from there (coach of course).

When he gets there he runs into SHIELD and discovers that the men he meets aren't the real power behind the Sons of the Serpent.  There is a doctor who has been taking some of the men who cross the border and using them for experiments.  The Sons of the Serpent are a corporation now run by Viper the criminal who now preaches hate and intolerance and has a hidden agenda. Of course, the once evil Diamondback makes an appearance, whom Steve Rogers dated for a while when she went straight.

The story is really great and Misty and Dennis are just fabulous characters.  Misty is a total kick ass and a smart ass, who takes no crap from anyone--including Sam.  Dennis is a sweet guy who has been through a lot in life and survived it and at the same time can just absolutely take down the bad guys.  The paneling for the fight scene at the end is very creatively done.  The colors are mostly glorious reds and oranges due to Sam's wings and the fight scenes. But some of the non-fight scenes are done up in those colors too to show the emotions of the scene. Overall this is a great start to the Sam Wilson Captain America.

Link to Amazon:  https://www.amazon.com/Captain-America-Wilson-Vol-2015-2017-ebook/dp/B01DCJIW8C/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1498835336&sr=8-1&keywords=captain+america+sam+wilson+vol+1        

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