With the backdrop of the second Civil War of the Marvel Universe going on, Sam Wilson has his own problems. His acting as Captain America, especially since Steve Rogers was restored to health, isn’t popular in some circles. Now, some of these people have gotten together behind the scenes and provoked US Agent into confronting Sam and trying to get him to give up the shield and costume. US Agent apparently benefitted from the sorta-reboot Marvel did during Battleworld, since not that long ago he was missing at least an arm and one leg, but now seems completely whole.
Sam and the Agent have an ugly fight, which Sam is losing badly until he gets smart and takes advantage of a few things he has that his foe lacks. Sam eventually wins, and makes no one happy. US Agent is still not convinced Sam should have the shield. Rage, who helped start this chain of events, thinks Sam sold out. Sam takes care of some business with Tony Stark and then makes one of the video addresses he’s been doing since he took on the mantle of Captain America. He takes a reasonable, calm approach that will probably alienate people on both side of the issue with the Americops.
The final scene is some backroom dealing I’m really not happy about. US Agent reports back to the men that talked him into going after Sam and tells them he’s done. Unfortunately, Steve Rogers himself show up and talks the Agent into going after Sam again. I can only presume this is more of the stupidity from the “rewrite” Steve underwent in his own book.
Plot: I’ll give this a 4 out of 5 for plot. Heroes fighting is nothing new, so no points for that. But Sam is a man of principles who is trying so hard to do the right thing in an increasingly murky world. The twist at the end I don’t like but was clever.
Art: I’ll give the art a 3 out of 5. It was decent. Nothing great, nothing bad, nothing that really wowed me.
Positives: Sam sticking by his ideals no matter who comes after him is nice. Spencer is doing a great job talking about the racial tension in the country without being preachy about it. I like that US Agent reconsidered his position.
Negatives: Hero versus hero is old. And I loathe “Steve” (not the real one as far as I am concerned) doing this hidden negotiating with US Agent.
Captain America: Sam Wilson 13
Writer: Nick Spencer
Artist: Daniel Acuna
Letterer: VC’s Joe Caramagna
Cover: Daniel Acuna