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Preview: U.S.Agent #5 (of 5)

U.S.Agent #4 (of 5)

(W) Christopher Priest (A) Georges Jeanty (CA) Marco Checchetto
Rated T+
In Shops: Apr 28, 2021
SRP: $3.99

“American Zealot” concludes with the former U.S.Agent struggling to save an impoverished mining town from an unhinged SUPER-PATRIOT who happens to be his own sister suffering a major psychotic break. But can he place the town’s lives over hers? And can Walker survive a smackdown against his replacement, the murderous SAINT? Which U.S.Agent will retain the shield?

U.S.Agent #4 (of 5)

Preview: U.S.Agent #4 (of 5)

U.S.Agent #4 (of 5)

(W) Christopher Priest (A) Georges Jeanty (CA) Marco Checchetto
Rated T+
In Shops: Mar 31, 2021
SRP: $3.99

Conflicting visions of America intersect in a small mining town where long-buried S.H.I.E.L.D. secrets are unearthed, forcing a confrontation between John Walker and his own sister, who has commandeered powerful weaponry she is poised to unleash on the townsfolk Walker has sworn to protect.

U.S.Agent #4 (of 5)

Preview: U.S.Agent #3 (of 5)

U.S.Agent #3 (of 5)

(W) Christopher Priest (A) Georges Jeanty (CA) Marco Checchetto
Rated T+
In Shops: Feb 24, 2021
SRP: $3.99

Having abandoned his mission to assist the skeleton crew guarding a long-abandoned S.H.I.E.L.D. facility in Appalachia, JOHN WALKER heads to Washington to confront the politicians who engineered his firing. Meanwhile, the ruthless and enigmatic new U.S.AGENT has arrived to take over Walker’s mission and is willing to destroy anything and anyone who gets in his way.

U.S.Agent #3 (of 5)

Review: U.S.Agent #2

U.S.Agent #2

While I can see what writer Priest is going for in his take on the controversial character U.S.Agent, the series in two issues has been a mixed result. There’s concepts within that are great but there’s far too many distractions. The result has been a choppy narrative that at times doesn’t quite make sense. U.S.Agent #2 continues the frustrating series that has me longing to read other works of Priest.

U.S.Agent #2 feels like it’s serving a few too many bosses. Priest takes us to the past and back again. The second issue fleshes out John Walker’s past while also trying to deliver some sort of conflict in the present.

John Walker is an interesting character. He’s the conservative “Captain America” driven my “Red State” ideals and that includes wearing his racism and bigotry on his sleeve. But, he does stand to fight for America and what he believes. He’s the bigot that’s right part of the time, as long as your “right” is a basic understanding of American ideals.

This miniseries has attempted to flesh out Walker’s history introducing us to his sister and giving us more of his trauma. We can see the beginnings of a troubled human being and with that some sympathy. Just some. He’s truly a horrible human being. And that’s part of the issue with the series and character. There’d be a great juxtaposition in having us cheering on his justified mission but at the same time questioning his other beliefs and him as a person. He’d be a horrible person doing what’s right. But, the series is taking too long to set that out. We’re getting too much of a character to dislike and that’s about it.

There’s also issues with how the issue is generally presented. The art by Georges Jeanty is nice and improved over the first issue. But, there’s not enough definition between the past and present making it confusing at times to determine what scenes take place and when. Joined by Karl Story on ink, Matt Milla on color, and lettering by Joe Sabino, the comic is fine to look at. There’s some really solid moments. But, the art doesn’t quite hook the reader enough to justify the sub-par story. There are some details that are great to the story visually. The use of confessionals, U.S.Agent being greated by the town, these stand out. The art fits more of the comedic tone of the series but the series doesn’t quite know if it wants to be a comedy or something else.

U.S.Agent #2, like the first issue, is a bit of a letdown. The creative team is top-notch and it might be high expectations that this series feels like a letdown. It’s possible by the end it’ll all come together for something greater than its individual parts. But, it hasn’t gotten to that point yet and as individual issues, the series has been rough. There’s so much better from the creative team that’s been or being, released, it’s better to spend your time reading those instead.

Story: Priest Art: Georges Jeanty
Ink: Karl Story Color: Matt Milla Letterer: Joe Sabino
Story: 5.0 Art: 7.0 Overall: 5.0 Recommendation: Pass

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Review: U.S.Agent #1

U.S.Agent #1

U.S. Agent has always been a bit too much of a B-lister for me to care much about. I do feel he worked best as a haywire version of Captain America, one not afraid to get his hands too bloody to save the day. I’m also a bit of a fan of Christopher Priest from his Quantum & Woody stuff and his more recent Deathstroke work. So, I wanted to see Priest’s take on the character in U.S.Agent #1.

U.S.Agent #1 is comprised of Priest’s writing style, lots of black box panels to move the reader along. Story-wise, U.S. Agent is holed up in a mining town punching out pizza deliverymen until one comes to his house and hands him a slice of his ass and sends him toppling down the stairs. Then the mystery pizza man hangs out with him and they fly off to fight some bad people.

I wanted to like this but I did not like it much at all. U.S. Agent doesn’t work as some jobber just getting beaten down by randos. Maybe I have not paid enough attention to the character history to know what’s up but this guy was Captain America’s replacement and here he just kinda sucks. And it stink because I like Priest’s work but this just felt like the scrap ideas of a bunch of better books that he’s done. I liked Georges Jeanty’s art a bit more than the writing on this book. Nothing special with the panels but his detail is solid. He deserves a better project than this.

Overall, U. S. Agent seemed quite a bit mediocre and I don’t see the appeal of a weak knock-off going on this kind of adventure. It lacked the humor and action that I expect from a Christopher Priest book. Instead of buying this, go get one of the Deathstroke trade paperbacks because that’s a better use of your money.

Story: Christopher Priest Art: Georges Jeanty
Ink: Karl Story Color: Matt Milla Letterer: Joe Sabino
Story: 4.0 Art: 6.0 Overall: 5.0 Recommendation: Pass

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Christopher Priest Talks about the Complexity and Relevance of U.S.Agent

U.S.Agent, the Super-Soldier you love to hate is back in an all-new series by writer Christopher Priest and artist George Jeanty! When John Walker is stripped of his official status as U.S.Agent, the former Super Patriot goes independent and gets caught up in a conflict between a small town and the corporate giant trying to destroy it. With a brand-new partner and a dangerous new enemy, Walker’s mission will force the unconventional “superhero” to confront hard-hitting questions about himself and the nation he serves. This journey of self-discovery will dive into the character’s past and set U.S.Agent on course for an exciting new place in the Marvel Universe.

Marvel Host Ryan Penagos recently sat down with Christopher Priest to discuss the acclaimed writer’s views on the former Captain America. Find out what makes U.S.Agent tick and check out never-before-seen art from the series in the below video interview!

John Walker’s high-stakes adventure is now underway! Pick up the debut issue, on sale now, and don’t miss U.S.Agent #2 when it hits stands on December 23rd.

Review: U.S.Agent #1

U.S.Agent #1

There’s a lot I like about U.S.Agent #1. There’s also a lot I struggled with in a mixed debut issue. John Walker is back but he’s no longer an official agent of the government. Instead, he’s a government contractor hired out to do whatever his employer wants. The conflict of this debut revolves around a small town and a conflict with a mega-corporation that has moved in. There’s a lot of potential with just that but with some twists and turns what should be a simple commentary on the state of Middle America turns into a rather muddled and confusing debut.

Written by Christopher Priest, U.S.Agent #1 has a premise that should be easy. It’s themes are an easy layup and its focus should be clear. The concept of a small town having to deal with a mega-corporation destroying their life is something that is well worth discussing. It’s a real-world event that happens over and over and there’s so much material to mine. Instead, Priest mixes in former S.H.I.E.L.D. operation centers, Walker having a partner to tag along, and kidnapping pizza boys!? Yeah, the last part is a bit over the top, even for a character such as Walker.

But, where Priest really drops the ball is Walker himself. The man is beyond bigoted and racist. As depicted, he has absolutely no redeeming qualities. He’s completely unlikeable. I’m given no reason to cheer for him in succeeding or even redeeming himself. He’s a complete asshole and at this point I would love to see him just take a bullet and get it over with.

Georges Jeanty‘s art delivers a little pep to the debut with a style that fits the more comedic tone of the debut. A lot of the art leans on to stereotypes, especially when it comes to the small town. Joined by Karl Story on ink, Matt Milla on color, and Joe Sabino on lettering, the opening few pages features individuals who live in the small town. Each is a bit too similar to each other with the same positioning of their head and even mouth and teeth that look like they’re repeated. I’m not sure if this is done on purpose to make a point or if it’s just the style. But, we’re told they’re small town folk by their hats, clothes, and the slightly dirty look to them all.

But, not all of the art is frustrating. The action has its moments and when the comic wants to play for laughs, Jeanty’s style really fits the moment and the pacing delivered with each panel plays a comedic action comedy beat. If the comic went more in that direction and stuck with it, the art might pull the comic up to a point I’m more excited about it but there’s just too much that doesn’t click in both narrative and visuals.

U.S.Agent #1 feels like it doesn’t know what it wants to be. There’s part of it that’s action/comedy starring a racist. Part of it is a spy/action story… also starring a racist. Then, there are hints there are some psychological things at play and it’s an exploration of John Walker himself. It can be any of those things and if it focused on one of them it might be really good and interesting. As presented, it comes off as a choppy debut that never quite gets its bearing or finds its voice.

Story: Christopher Priest Art: Georges Jeanty
Ink: Karl Story Color: Matt Milla Letterer: Joe Sabino
Story: 6.0 Art: 7.4 Overall: 6.0 Recommendation: Read

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Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

U.S.Agent #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.

Black Widow #3 (Marvel) – The first two issues have been fantastic and we’re expecting more as we figure out what exactly is going on with a now domestic and married Black Widow.

Crossover #1 (Image Comics) – We’ve read the first issue and it lives up to the hype. Comic characters have crossed over into the real world and caused a seismic shift in everything. Read our review then make sure to get this comic this week.

Happy Hour #1 (AHOY Comics) – It’s a future America where everyone has to be happy… it’s the law. The concept is intriguing and unique. We’ve read the first issue and it definitely stands out as something different from everything else on the shelf.

La Diabla #1 (Albatross Funnybooks) – It’s Eric Powell… that alone has us wanting to check this out. Who’s La Diabla? She’s a “fuel injected Latina suicide machine sent to strike down the unroadworthy!” Yeah… sold.

Mighty Morphin #1 (BOOM! Studios) – It’s a whole new era for the Power Rangers… Unlimited Power! Who’s the new Green Ranger? Find out!

Origins #1 (BOOM! Studios) – It’s a thousand years since artificial intelligence killed humans but they’ve brought back to life the person who created the technology that destroyed humanity. Can he restore humanity and stop the AI overlords he created?

Pantomime #1 (Mad Cave Studios) – Kids committing crimes seems to be a popular theme for comics lately and this latest entry has some unique aspects to it, like it taking place at a school for deaf children, has us wanting to check it out.

Red Atlantis #1 (AfterShock) – It’s election day and violence has popped up in various locations across the United States. What’s behind this mystery? Is it the Russians!? The first issue has a very X-Files vibe about it.

Savage Circus #1 (Heavy Metal Magazine) – A gang of criminals descends into a town on Christmas Eve but in their escape, they let loose dangerous circle animals who now terrorize a town!

Sweet Tooth: The Return #1 (DC Comics/DC Black Label) – Jeff Lemire’s beloved series is back with a whole new volume! It’s a fresh start for new readers and of course long time fans can dive in and return to the characters they love.

Tales From the Dark Multiverse: Batman: Hush #1 (DC Comics) – These “what if” stories have been great so far and in this one, Bruce goes to live with his friend Tommy Elliot instead of being taken care of by Alfred.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Jennika II #1 (IDW Publishing) – Jennika has been a hit character and the breakout character is getting a second miniseries. The first was a solid read and we’re expecting much of the same for this.

U.S.Agent #1 (Marvel) – Christopher Priest is writing with Georges Jeanty art in this miniseries that has John Walker now operating as an independent contractor. Priest writing this makes it a must-read and buy for us.

Victor and Nora: A Gotham Love Story (DC Comics) – A new graphic novel about a young Victor Fries meeting Nora Kumar. It’s a tragic tale about living life to the fullest and what it truly means to love…and to let go. These graphic novels from DC have been amazing so far and this one has us really excited to read it.

The Walking Dead Deluxe #2 (Image Comics/Skybound)The Walking Dead is back and now in color with extras but it’s reading this series in the age of COVID that’s the most intriguing thing about it right now.

Wolverine: Black, White, & Red #1 (Marvel) – We’ve read the first issue of this anthology and it’s a fantastic start. It’s definitely mature and full of action but each story is a top-notch read. Well worth picking up and a solid comic you can just read and enjoy and not have to read anything else. Check out our review.

Get Ready for U.S.Agent #1 with the “Marvel US Agent Sale”

The much anticipated U.S.Agent #1 is out this week and comiXology has you covered with the “Marvel US Agent Sale.”

There’s 140 items on sale including collections that are 60%, 65%, and 67% off and single issues are just $0.99.

Get U.S.Agent’s adventures in West Coast Avengers, Captain America, Avengers, U.S.Agent, and more.

The sale runs until November 5, 2020.

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