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More All New, All Different Marvel today with Captain America: Sam Wilson #1.  First, the backstory: During Rick Remender’s recent stint on Captain America, Steve Rogers lost his super soldier serum in a fight with the villain Iron Nail.  Losing the serum caused his body to age to the state that it would be at were he not suspended in the ice for all those years.  His mind stayed sharp, but physically, he just couldn’t keep up with the demands of the Captain America persona.  Realizing this, Steve decided to pass the shield onto the person he trusted most, Sam Wilson, a.k.a. The Falcon.  In this series’ debut issue, which takes place nearly a year after the end of the Secret Wars event, Sam finds himself at odds with SHIELD, and working with super powered P.I. Misty Knight, but Sam will have to rise above it all to combat a hyper-nationalistic terrorist group operating in the American southwest.

Nick Spencer handles the writing duties here, and he tells the story in an interesting fashion.  There are multiple narrative threads in this issue, one that tries to explain how things got to this point, another that tells the story of Cap’s fight with the Sons of the Serpent in Arizona, and a third that shows the results of the fight.  For the most part, they are pretty well intertwined, but there can be some slight confusion in the switching back and forth.  Also, I know it’s only the first issue, but so far I really like the direction that Spencer is taking the book.  I’m definitely a fan of Steve Rogers, but Sam Wilson and his mentality are a breath of fresh air for the Star Spangled Avenger.

Daniel Acuna takes care of the art on the series.  He takes kind of a middle of the road approach as the work isn’t too cartoonish and over the top, nor is it really dark and gritty.  The lines are slightly undefined, which seems to act in conjunction with the stances that Sam takes in the story.  Steve Rogers saw the world in very clearly defined terms of black and white, good and bad, but Sam sees the grey areas.  He knows that the good aren’t always as good as they seem, nor are the “bad guys” really the true enemy.

I know this issue received a lot of controversial press for some of its content, but I think it’s a story we need to read and examine closely.  Spencer takes the the hero in a new direction that reflects where we as a society are going in terms of ideas and mentalities not necessarily being as clear as they may initially seem, and it’s a great story at the same time.  I really look forward to where this arc and extended story are going to go.

The Verdict for Captain America: Sam Wilson #1:
5 out of 5

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Until next time,
Stay nerdy, my friends.

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