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, July 7, 2017

Captain America: Sam Wilson: Standoff by Nick Spencer (Writer), Jesus Saiz (Artist), Daniel Acuna (Artist and Colorist), Paul Renaud (Artist), Angel Unzueta (Artist), Matt Yackey (Colorist), Dono Sanchez-Amlara (Colorist), VC's Clayton Cowles (Letterer) and VC's Joe Caramagna (Letterer)

In this comic we learn the identity of the Whisperer, the person who revealed sensitive SHIELD information to the press and that Sam protected because he thought one piece of that information a dangerous piece of alien technology they held should be destroyed. Steve Rogers agreed with him on the part about the tech needs to be destroyed but not about the protecting of the guy who leaked the information.  He believed he should stand trial and that he would get a fair trial. Sam wasn't so sure about that which is why he helped him escape.  The Whisperer has been helping him by getting him info on HYDRA and other bad guys to take down, including the Green Skull, an environmental bad guy who wants to destroy humanity to protect the earth.

The Whisperer gets Sam to meet in person because the info he has is so important. At the same time, Bucky Barnes has dropped in from outer space where he has been hanging out protecting the earth to raid some SHIELD posts to discover the same thing the Whisperer has and is telling Stever Rogers what the Whisperer is telling Sam. Kobik, SHIELD's secret plan to use the cosmic cube fragments to alter reality has not been destroyed. Maria Hill, head of SHIELD is using them in some way.

Hill arrives to pick up Steve Rogers and Bucky makes himself scarce. She shows him what she so proudly has done with project Kobik, or rather Kobik herself.  The town of Pleasant Hill is perfect in every way and Hill is the mayor.  It's a beautiful town with nice friendly people.  The only thing is those people are criminals with enhanced abilities SHIELD didn't know what to do with.  Kobik, the entity of a little girl that appeared once the pieces of the cosmic cube fragments had been put together was able to alter the reality of those living in the town and change their memories of who they were.  Some members of the town are agents of SHIELD of course.

The problem is that some of the criminals have managed to regain their memories and therefore their abilities and have been waiting for the right time to strike. They want to take control of the Kobik and use it to change the reality of the world to suit their needs.  Now with Steve Rogers, the former Captain America who put quite a lot of them in jail in the first place the opportunity for revenge is too great to not take advantage of this moment.  Sam and Bucky are on their way in to help and have called the Avengers for backup but they could be awhile. With the help of a kickass SHIELD agent, they make a pretty good team.

The paneling in this book is just amazing. There's a two-page section where Steve's life is flashing before his eyes and it's just beautiful and perfect.  The panel where Steve is getting his face smashed in is incredible in that the coloring and the artistry are so realistic.  Also included in this book are parts of three old Captain America comics, "Presentation", "Catch Me If You Can" and "Pas de Doux". It's interesting to see how the artistry has changed over the decades.  This book is a worthy follow-up and even better than the last volume of Sam Wilson Captain America comic book.

Link To Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Captain-America-Wilson-Standoff-2015-2017-ebook/dp/B01LVXUYWV/ref=sr_1_5?ie=UTF8&qid=1499444215&sr=8-5&keywords=captain+america+sam+wilson

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