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Preview: United States of Captain America #4 (of 5)

United States of Captain America #4 (of 5)

(W) Christopher Cantwell, Alyssa Wong (A) Ron Lim, Jodi Nishijima (CA) Gerald Parel
Rated T+
In Shops: Sep 22, 2021
SRP: $4.99

John Walker (A.K.A. the U.S.Agent) and Bucky Barnes (a.k.a. the Winter Soldier) join the fight against a vicious Captain America impostor and his shadowy patrons. As the chase leads them to interrupt a break-in at one of the most secure facilities in the country, the true magnitude of the forces arrayed against them finally becomes clear. But are they too late to stop what’s already been put in motion?
Also introducing Arielle Agbayani, the campus Captain America! When her college turns a blind eye to rich kids behaving badly, she springs into action – and she’s not afraid to fight dirty.

United States of Captain America #4 (of 5)

Preview: The United States of Captain America #3 (of 5)

The United States of Captain America #3 (of 5)

(W) Darcie Little Badger, Christopher Cantwell (A) Dale Eaglesham, David Cutler (CA) Gerald Parel
Rated T+
In Shops: Aug 25, 2021
SRP: $4.99

The shield thief targets a cultural landmark in Kansas, hoping to put a permanent stain on Captain America’s image. Sam and Steve are hot on his trail – and aided by Joe Gomez, the Kickapoo Tribe’s own Captain America!
But there’s more to the thief’s agenda than meets the eye. Are the three Caps headed straight into a trap? And do they have any other choice?

The United States of Captain America #3 (of 5)

Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

Amazing Fantasy #1

Wednesdays (and now Tuesdays) are new comic book day! Each week hundreds of comics are released, and that can be pretty daunting to go over and choose what to buy. That’s where we come in

Each week our contributors choose what they can’t wait to read this week or just sounds interesting. In other words, this is what we’re looking forward to and think you should be taking a look at!

Find out what folks think below, and what comics you should be looking out for this week.

Amazing Fantasy #1 (Marvel) – There’s some cachet when it comes to the title of this series so we want to see what Marvel brings to the table with this series which brings together classic versions of popular characters.

Barbaric #2 (Vault Comics) – The first issue caught us off guard. It took the classic barbarian type story and delivered a nice twist to it. Add in great art and this is a series we’re excited to read more of.

Black Beacon #1 (Heavy Metal) – An intergalactic space station sounds great to go to, it sounds like utopia. But, when Niko gets there she finds it’s anything but.

Black Widow #9 (Marvel) – The series has been a blast with every issue mixing humor and action. One of the consistently fun Marvel comics on the shelf right now.

BRZRKR #4 (BOOM! Studios) – The series has been surprisingly good so far. While it delivers bloody action, it also is a fascinating exploration of its character B and the destruction he’s delivered through his lifetimes.

Groo Meets Tarzan #1 (Dark Horse) – Groo is always entertaining and this crossover has so much potential. We’re excited to see what these two properties together are like.

I Am Not Starfire (DC Comics) – The highly anticipated graphic novel about Mandy, the superhero Starfire’s daughter.

Icon & Rocket: Season One #1 (DC Comics/Milestone) – Milestone launched with a fantastic debut and we’re excited to see more and this new take on this iconic duo.

The Last Book You’ll Ever Read #1 (Vault Comics) – Cullen Bunn’s writing so we’re interested in checking it out just for that. A hit book is being blamed for violence and bloodshed around the world and the writer is determined to conduct a book tour.

Lucy in the Sky (First Second) – Lucy discovers her father’s collection of Beatles records and is inspired to form an all-girl rock band.

Mirka Andolfo’s Sweet Paprika #1 (Image Comics) – Mirka Andolfo is one of the hot creators out there right now so any debut gets a look from us.

The Other History of the DC Universe #5 (DC Comics/DC Black Label) – The series started with Jefferson Pierce so it’s fitting that it ends with a focus on his daughter Anissa Pierce.

Runes #1 (Source Point Press) – A prisoner escapes after a shipwreck and must fight for his life in hopes of revenge.

Shadow Doctor #5 (AfterShock) – The series has been amazing with every issue. It’s the true story of a Black doctor in the 1930s who has to turn to Al Capone to get his medical practice up and running.

Skybound X #4 (Image Comics/Skybound) – Each issue has been a fantastic highlight of what Skybound has to offer including debuts that are sure to make the issues sought after.

Static: Season One #2 (DC Comics/Milestone) – The first issue was fantastic and was a hell of a debut for Milestone. We loved the first issue which had a fresh youthful feel about it and we’re fascinated to see where it goes after the previous issue’s ending.

Swamp God #1 (Heavy Metal) – At the end of the Civil War, Confederate soldiers call upon ultimate evil to save the South but then must team with Union soldiers to survive the horror they’ve unleashed.

United States of Captain America #2 (Marvel) – The first issue was a bit mixed in quality but at its core is a very interesting exploration of Captain America and what the character stands for and symbolizes.

Preview: United States of Captain America #2 (of 5)

United States of Captain America #2 (of 5)

(W) Mohale Mashigo, Christopher Cantwell (A) Dale Eaglesham, Natacha Bustos (CA) Gerald Parel
Rated T+
In Shops: Jul 28, 2021
SRP: $4.99

Steve Rogers and Sam Wilson are hot on the trail of the shield thief, but their adversary remains one step ahead, and he has friends in low places. Some of Captain America’s oldest enemies are behind this scheme, but can Sam and Steve figure out who these enemies are and what they want, in time to stop them?
And in a story by Mohale Mashigo (MARVEL VOICES: LEGACY) and Natacha Bustos (MOON GIRL & DEVIL DINOSAUR): Who is Nichelle Wright, the Captain America of Harrisburg? And will her community stand up for her when the shield thief frames her for a terrible crime?

United States of Captain America #2 (of 5)

Five Local Captain Americas Unite on Leinil Francis Yu’s United States of Captain America #5 Cover

Marvel is currently honoring the 80th anniversary of Captain America by reflecting on the iconic hero’s legacy and future in the groundbreaking limited series The United States of Captain America. Written by Christopher Cantwell with art by Dale Eaglesham, the series sees Steve Rogers teaming up with three former Captain Americas—Sam Wilson, Bucky Barnes, and John Walker—when Captain America’s original shield is stolen. Along the way, they’ve met brand-new Marvel heroes who have been inspired by Captain America to defend their own communities. Introduced in each issue as Captain America travels the country, these “local Caps” come from all walks of life and writer Chris Cantwell co-created them alongside a diverse group of all-star talent. These teams then explored the new character’s origins and motivations in thrilling backup tales.

Together, these five heroes proudly make up the new Captains Network, and fans can see them together for the first time on Leinil Francis Yu’s variant cover for The United States of Captain America #5.

  • Aaron Fischer, defender of the destitute, co-created by writer Josh Trujillo and artist Jan Bazaldua
  • Nichelle Wright, vanguard of a brighter future, co-created by writer Mohale Mashigo and artist Natacha Bustos
  • Joe Gomez, champion of the overlooked, co-created by writer Darcie Little Badger and artist David Cutler
  • Arielle Agbayani, a bully’s worst nightmare, co-created by writer Alyssa Wong and artist Jodi Nishijima
  • Jeremy Merrick, protector of soldiers, created by the series creative team, writer Christopher Cantwell and artist Dale Eaglesham

Be there for the grand finale of this historic moment in the saga of Captain America when The United States of Captain America #5 hits stands in October!

Review: The United States of Captain America #1

The United States of Captain America #1

The United States of Captain America #1 is a comic I’ve been looking forward to reading for some time. The concept of exploring what Captain America “means” and “stands for” is a comic that interests me. This debut issue lays out some of that as the adventure begins and the result is a bit mixed.

Writer Christopher Cantwell lays things out pretty well as the issue begins. Steve Rogers, relaxing at home as he thinks about what he stands for. Waxing poetically about the American “dream” he thinks about how dreams are fleeting and that this is a nation of two dreams. One dream involves fences and exclusion while the other is shared. The first dream can become a lie and raw deal and the second dream can become a raw deal. Cantwell nails something and in today’s shifting national narrative, there’s a worthy discussion to be had about America and what it stands for and what it’s made up of.

That interesting thought exercise as Steve is attacked and his shield stolen by an unknown assailant. From there it’s a race and a question as to who is behind it. An attack on a train and an attempted assassination later, and it’s a comic that shifts from an interesting discussion to a buddy road trip.

Teaming up with Sam Wilson, Captain America, Steve meets an individual inspired by his actions. Aaron Fischer is a teen runaway who has taken up the mantle of Captain America riding the train rails and protecting travelers. The idea of Captain America inspiring individuals also is an interesting concept. But, the overall concept is a bit fantastic moving beyond a more grounded reality I’d have liked to see. As if putting on a mask you can suddenly take on a group of guards holding you hostage. There’s something that breaks a wall in a way giving us something the reader can no longer connect to. We the reader can no longer connect to Cap ourselves and this new Captain America isn’t a character we can connect to. What was hinted at a trip across America with individuals inspired by Cap that we might see ourselves in feels more like an introduction of the next generation of heroes that has happened in comic annuals over and over.

The art of the two stories within is nice. Dale Eaglesham handles the main story with Jan Bazaldua on the second. The layouts are the most interesting thing about that main story as the pages feel almost like an scrapbook in a way. Panels overlay panels as if pictures are laid over pictures telling the story of a trip. Bazaldua’s art is good with some nice “hero” moments as Aaron’s origin is revealed and he first dons the mask and shield. The visuals are good overall but there isn’t that moment that really pops. They’re joined by Matt Milla on color and Joe Caramagna on lettering and everything together is visually nice.

The United States of Captain America #1 isn’t a bad debut. There’s a lot packed in and there’s a lot that’s fun and enjoyable. The problem is there’s been quite a few deconstruction of heroes stories lately, and there’s quite a few that are just far better. There’s something almost surface-level deep about this start. It feels like it’s attempting to straddle a line of deep look and typical superhero escapism. We’ll see as the series progresses in how it balances those two forces.

Story: Christopher Cantwell Art: Dale Eaglesham, Jan Bazaldua
Color: Matt Milla Letterer: Joe Caramagna
Story: 7.25 Art: 7.25 Overall: 7.25 Recommendation: Read

Marvel provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review


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An Iconic Villain Returns and New Local Cap in The United States of Captain America #4

Launching later this month, The United States of Captain America will celebrate Captain America’s 80 anniversary with an action-packed adventure that explores the iconic hero’s incredible legacy and stars his greatest partners and villains! Written by Christopher Cantwell with art by Dale Eaglesham, the upcoming limited series will see Steve Rogers teaming up with Captain Americas of the past—Bucky Barnes, Sam Wilson, and John Walker—on a road trip across America to find his stolen shield. On sale in September, issue #4 will reveal the true magnitude of the forces arrayed against them, including the return of some of Captain America’s most sinister foes…

In addition to featuring the ultimate Captain America team-up, this groundbreaking series will also introduce a diverse cast of new heroes and spotlight the communities they are part of and the unique challenges they face. Cantwell and Eaglesham are joined each issue by an all-star lineup of creative teams who will dive even deeper into the origins and motivations of these new shield-bearers in special backup stories. In The United States of Captain America #4, fans will meet Ari Agbayani!

Created by writer Alyssa Wong and Jodi Nishijima, Ari is a local Captain America-inspired hero who seeks justice on her college campus. When her school turns a blind eye to fellow students behaving badly, she springs into action—and she’s not afraid to fight dirty. Here’s what Wong had to say about the inspiration behind this new Marvel hero:

See one of the mysterious villains the Captains will be facing off against in Gerald Parel’s The United States of Captain America #4 cover below. And check out Ari Agbayani on Peach Momoko’s variant cover as well as design sheets by Jodi Nishijima. Don’t miss her exciting debut when The United States of Captain America #4 hits stands on September 22nd!

Steve Rogers, Sam Wilson, and More Unite for Carmen Carnero’s The United States of Captain America #1 Variant Cover

It’s the ultimate Captain America team up for the iconic Marvel hero’s 80th anniversary in The United States of Captain America! This June, writer Christopher Cantwell and artist Dale Eaglesham will bring Steve Rogers, Sam Wilson, Bucky Barnes, and John Walker on a grand adventure across the county to recover Captain America’s stolen shield. Along the way, they’ll run into heroes who have been inspired to follow in Steve Roger’s footsteps. These fascinating new shield-bearers will offer an illuminating look at the very concepts that define Captain America and the powerful impact the hero has had on the world outside your window. Get a glimpse at the entire lineup of these new characters on Marvel Stormbreaker Carmen Carnero’s newly revealed variant cover for The United States of Captain America #1. It features color from Alejandro Sanchez.

Fans have already been introduced to local “captains” Aaron Fischer and Nichelle Wright, who will have their stories told in The United States of Captain America #1 and The United States of Captain America #2. Be sure to stay tuned tomorrow when Marvel reveals the next exciting addition to Captain America’s legacy, set to debut in August’s The United States of Captain America #3!

The United States of Captain America #1 Carmen Carnero variant

Meet Joe Gomez, the Captain America of the Kickapoo Tribe

Next month, Marvel celebrates 80 years of Captain America with an extraordinary new series: The United States of Captain America! Written by Christopher Cantwell with art by Dale Eaglesham, this limited series will be an epic adventure worthy of the iconic hero’s milestone anniversary. Not only will the series see the ultimate Captain America team-up—bringing together Steve Rogers, Sam Wilson, Bucky Barnes, and John Walker—but along the way it will introduce new shield-bearers that have been inspired by the star-spangled Avenger. Created by a diverse lineup of all-star talent, these new Marvel heroes come from all walks of life and will have their thrilling origins, heartfelt motivations, and bright futures explored by their creators in special backup tales each issue.

Fans already got their first glimpse at the likes of Aaron Fischer and Nichelle Wright and now can check out the third new “captain” that Steve Rogers will find in this can’t-miss series: Joe Gomez, the Captain America of the Kickapoo Tribe. Created by geoscientist and Lipan Apache writer Darcie Little Badger and Qalipu Mi’kmaq First Nation artist David Cutler, Joe Gomez will debut this August in The United States of Captain America.

Joe Gomez is a construction worker, a builder in a world plagued by destruction. Every time a spaceship crashes into a bridge or block is destroyed, people like Joe make them whole fixing the mistakes of others. He extends that to helping others, refusing to charge elders for home repair services.

The saga of The United States of Captain America begins when Captain America’s original shield is stolen. And when the mysterious shield thief targets a cultural landmark in Kansas, hoping to put a permanent stain on Captain America’s image, Steve Rogers and Sam Wilson are hot on his trail when they meet the Kickapoo Tribe’s own Captain America. But there’s more to the thief’s agenda than meets the eye and the three Caps may be headed straight into a trap! Look out for Joe Gomez’s action-packed debut this August and stay tuned for the final two new Cap reveals coming your way soon!

Nichelle Wright Suits Up as Captain America to Protect Her Community

The United States of Captain America is exploring Captain America’s legacy around the country and new individuals taking up the mantle to stop injustice in a five-issue miniseries.

Marvel has revealed Nichelle Wright, another young hero inspired by Steve Rogers to protect her community.

Writer Mohale Mashigo:

The thing I can say about Nichelle is that she is working day and night to bring change into a world where she feels defeated. Nichelle is a light in a dark time and she wants to take ownership of her community and space in America.

Artist Natacha Bustos:

There are very few occasions when you have the opportunity to contribute to the creation of a character as genuine and powerful as Nichelle. She is undoubtedly one of the characters that I am most proud to have designed, for all that she represents and what she means for the community.

Below, check out the solicit text, main cover by Gerald Parel, variant cover by Ernanda Souza, and the design sheet by Natacha Bustos.


THE UNITED STATES OF CAPTAIN AMERICA #2 (OF 5)

Written by CHRISTOPHER CANTWELL & MOHALE MASHIGO
Art by DALE EAGLESHAM & NATACHA BUSTOS
Cover by GERALD PAREL
Variant Cover BY ERNANDA SOUZA

Steve Rogers and Sam Wilson are hot on the trail of the shield thief, but their adversary remains one step ahead, and he has friends in low places. Some of Captain America’s oldest enemies are behind this scheme, but can Sam and Steve figure out who these enemies are and what they want, in time to stop them?

And in a story by Mohale Mashigo (MARVEL VOICES: LEGACY) and Natacha Bustos (MOON GIRL & DEVIL DINOSAUR): Who is Nichelle Wright, the Captain America of Harrisburg? And will her community stand up for her when the shield thief frames her for a terrible crime?

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