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America is currently in a firestorm of politics with news seemingly focused on the election every other minute.

Enter Sam Wilson, AKA Falcon, whose series has been very political (just look at the Fox News hubbub a few months ago) and when you add Captain America’s new allegiance to Hydra that makes a lot of sense. Both characters (original Captain America, Steve Rogers and Sam Wilson) join forces in this issue, ramping up the drama, but is it good?

Captain America: Sam Wilson #14 (Marvel Comics)


So what’s it about? The Marvel summary reads:

The world has received an ULTIMATUM: Peace in our time…or face the fury of The Flag-Smasher! Amid cries of “#TakeBacktheShield”, Sam Wilson stands against a rising tide. But he is not alone! Guest-starring in this issue – Steve Rogers: Captain America! Only, Steve has a secret…

Why does this book matter?

This issue ties deeply into the Captain America storyline — which makes it practically a must read of fans of that series. It also deals with the Captain America shield (literally and figuratively), hence the cover, and this issue delves into what could spin Sam’s life as Cap into a tailspin.

Fine, you have my attention. What’s good about it?

Although there’s a lot of dialogue in this issue, writer Nick Spencer nonetheless manages an exciting issue, as he balances the bad guys’ speech, Rick Jones’ computer hacking, and the drama of Cap and Sam as they beat on the bad guys quite well. Spencer is certainly laying down some big ideas about global politics, immigration, and a lot more, but it is easy to digest as there’s some respite in how the comic cuts away. This issue is also compelling due to the complexity of Captain America’s secret agenda. Spencer is detailing a lot of political elements some folks might not agree with, but hell, that’s nothing new at this point, right?

Leading up to the bad guy confrontation, Spencer has a sweet elevator scene between Cap and Sam as they patiently wait to reach the right floor. This section deals with the media outcry for Sam to give the shield back to Cap, which is fueled by racism (or at least hate).


Recap time!

The art by Paul Renaud with colors by John Rauch have a realistic real world feel. The lighting, while a senator speaks in the opening pages, is practically lifelike and enhances the richness of the penciled details. There’s a sequence later in the issue that is expertly choreographed to enhance a mistake that will carry over next issue. You get the sense of the speed of the shield, the mistake, an immediate reaction and finally the results in quick succession.

It can’t be perfect can it?

In the closing pages of the issue, Cap gives a very long speech which explains his entire plan when it comes to Sam. The sequence runs a bit long; although it contains an important message about how the media can destroy someone, it could have been spread out or used more visual stimulus.

Though much of the villain’s speech is broken up well, it remains to be seen why the heroes would simply stand there and let him talk. Cap may not be acting for a specific reason (avoiding spoilers here), but still, it’s your cliched bad guy postulating forever scene and its length will make you roll your eyes.


Oh sure, he gets the fancy font.

Is It Good?

Captain America: Sam Wilson remains an interesting story that deftly weaves in political issues and this issue is a solid start to a new story arc that sets up the media – and public appearance – as potential future enemies for Sam.

Captain America: Sam Wilson #14 Review
Makes it quite clear who Sam Wilson's new enemies areCompelling ideas about politics - with well written dialogue - that's balanced well
Cap gives a speech at the end that runs on and onSo the good guys just let the bad guy go on and on? Where have I seen this before.
8.5Great
Reader Rating 1 Vote
8.6
  • Pascal Gorter

    “Spencer is detailing a lot of political elements some folks might not agree with, but hell, that’s nothing new at this point, right?” Maybe I missed that, but I remember something like the right wing eqauls a limitation too immigration and other stuff, and although he is right in the case of Trump it generalize all his voters. “Compelling ideas about politics.” Sounds a bit the opposite of what you said earlier.
    What you mention about Cap’s speech, I didn’t notice. What I do notice is that there are a lot of speechballoons, sometimes they are so big that they can’t cover the panels and it doesn’t look that well. This is also what happens when the villian talks to both captains.
    I think Spencer could rewrite those balloons and make it shorter, while still keep the message. So I think having to much text each page is a problem he has over the whole series and sometimes it is just too much.
    The dialogue is written well I agree. But I would give a seven. This issue is full of action and stands alone, and also the summary with Sam’s Twitter account is still fun. And how Spencer build up suspece, in the case of hacker Rick, is just brilliant. The rest felt so-so. It didn’t leave a strong impression, despite the fact that Sam made a mistake and I think this a great thing, since we always see the hero win. It is good that some rules are broken.
    I have the idea that Spencer’s writing skills are improving, because in the beginning I was losing intrest halfway.