Monthly Archives: November 2015

Captain America: Civil War Trailer Finally Relvealed!

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Last night on Jimmy Kimmel Live Chris Evans and Robert Downey Jr. both appeared and with them came our first look at the newest entry into the Captain America movie franchise, Captain America: Civil War!

Unfortunately I can’t post the video (I’m embarrassingly bad at anything tech related) but you can view the video here on youtube!

Civil War was always one of my favorite stories from the comics, and it’s often recognized as (one of) the best cross-over events in comic history, so I’m naturally excited that this is the theme for Cap’s next trek into film. To be honest I would have preferred the Serpent Society or maybe a take on US Agent, but I’ll take what I can get, especially when it looks as cool as Civil War.

The trailer shows us a lot in the way of Steve and Sam, Steve and Bucky, Steve and Natasha, and, of course, Steve and Tony- clearly the idea here is that despite the ENORMOUS cast of characters, Steve is still the focus. Which is a plus since many of us were afraid the movie was going to be overcrowded with Avengers.

What the trailer shows us:
– Bucky remembering who he is (was)
– General Ross lecturing Steve (welcome back, Mr. William Hurt)
– Sam kicking ass with his new red wings (but not his new Redwing)
– Steve and Black Widow on opposing sides
-BLACK PANTHER! He looks amazing!
– The New Avengers (for about a second)
– A beaten down War Machine in the arms of a bruised Tony Stark
– Steve and Bucky tag-teaming Ironman
– Tony breaking our hearts with his “So was I” line

What we still haven’t been shown:
– Crossbones
– Agent 13
– Baron Zemo
– Redwing
– Vision
– Antman
– Spider-Man
– That funeral scene we saw being filmed

Clearly there are still plenty of surprises in store for us, since so much is left out of the trailer. I, for one, am glad they aren’t showing everything yet so we can all get some killer shocks along the way.

I hope the movie itself is as cool as the trailer, though we all have seen trailers that made horrible movies look amazing. Cautious optimism, people. It’s pretty much my life motto.

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Captain America: Sam Wilson #3 Review (Mostly Spoiler Free)

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Well that was fast. Just two weeks ago I posted a review for Cap #2 and here we are again ready to dive into the newest issue. It’s good to have a new book to read so often, but I need to keep reminding myself that Marvel’s Captain America: Sam Wilson returns to its normal monthly schedule starting this month so I shouldn’t get used to it. And it’s a damn shame, too, because the way this issue ends is, well, really fun.

I’m going to do my best to avoid spoilers while still giving a thorough review, but be warned there may be a hint of story or two hiding in this post. Proceed at your own risk.

When we last saw Cap he was heading back to New York after a brief throw-down with the Sons of the Serpent in Arizona. Turns out the evil, racist criminal organization was really working for Dr. Karl Malus, former lead scientist for the Power Broker, who was having the Sons of the Serpent kidnap immigrants for his twisted experiments.

In this latest issue, we enter with Misty Knight tracking down Sam’s location to an abandoned warehouse after he jumped ship (er, plane) to go searching for Malus on his own. By the time Misty finds Sam he’s strapped down to a table in a makeshift lab, and,  if the cover of the comic didn’t give it away already, he’s been transformed into the dreaded, ferocious CAP-WOLF! Well, okay, he isn’t really ferocious. Actually Sam manages to stay 100% in control and the only thing bringing Cap-Wolf back seems to do is provide writer Nick Spencer an outlet for some pent up puns. Aside from adding some levity and nostalgia, this plot point doesn’t do anything for the story. Not gonna lie here- I was pretty disappointed, but since the original Cap-Wolf story was a cheesy gimmick, I don’t really know what I was expecting.

Aside from the inclusion of Cap-Wolf, we get some cool fight scenes between a werewolf and a wereturtle, a hot, sassy cyborg and a wereboar, and Cap vs. Dr. Malus. -all of which are fun and beautifully illustrated. Daniel Acuña’s art really goes well with the spirit of Spencer’s vision for Captain America and even if I wasn’t thrilled with the writing this time out, the art really sells this issue for me.

I’m still annoyed that we keep retreading old villains, and Dr. Malus is no exception. He gets taken out pretty quickly and it seems like he’s just a stepping stone on the way to a bigger and better story, but I guess I’m just holding out for something new. And, to be honest, while I praised Spencer’s humor in the past two issues, it was a little too much for me this month. Dr. Malus was a quip-slinging machine stealing lines from Austin Powers and it got old pretty fast. I think he may have been okay on his own, but coupled with the Cap-Wolf gag and Misty’s encyclopedic slew of 80’s Werewolf references, it was just a bit over-the-top.

Overall, though, the comic itself was very fun. While it had plenty of flaws, the story is going in a direction that just keeps calling me back for more. My wife loved it from beginning to end, so that just shows for someone who hasn’t read much Cap in the past (aside from the Brubaker masterpiece) it will definitely entertain, and I suppose that was the entire goal of reinventing Captain America to begin with.

As a long-time Cap fan, if nothing else, the last page of this book made me squee with excitement. Even though I keep complaining about reusing old characters, I grew up in the Gruenwald era of Cap so the fact that I now have to wait four weeks before the next issue is a serious bummer. Funny how nostalgia works, eh? I just hope the pay-off is as big as the build-up.

As a final thought- I wasn’t super thrilled with this latest issue, but man, seeing Sam flying through the city as a werewolf dressed up as Captain America was well worth the price of admission.

Captain America: Sam Wilson #2 Review

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It’s time again to review the latest issue of Captain America! But wait, didn’t we just get a new issue 2 weeks ago? Why yes, dear reader, we did! Both issues number one and two of CAPTAIN AMERICA:SAM WILSON came out in October before it goes monthly. Why? I don’t know, all I care about is that it meant I didn’t have to wait too long in between issues! Huzzah!

If you read issue #1 of Nick Spencer’s Cap book, you know things weren’t looking that great for our “new” Star-Spangled Avenger. He has no money, very few friends, and half the country views him as a bad guy. Even his life-long buddy, Steve Rogers, the former Captain America, seems to be at odds with him. But before we really get to understand what’s going on we are dropped off in the deserts of Arizona to fight some costumed villains and save some people. Oh, and to start a political debate in the real world about the virtues of kidnapping immigrants. Not gonna touch that last one.

With so many unanswered questions this latest issue is sure to have a lot to juggle, and thus seems to be the sort of thing Spencer is really good at.

We start with a bit of backstory answering the question “Why does S.H.I.E.L.D. hate Sam?” Which eventually leads us up to what is going on with Sam and Steve. Here’s the deal- an unknown informant calling himself the Whisperer has leaked some pretty damning info about S.H.I.E.L.D. and Sam is up in arms about what they are doing. Thing is, so is Steve. Where everything goes wrong for Marvel’s greatest heroes isn’t what S.H.I.E.L.D is doing, but rather how they each feel the informant should be handeled.

Steve is playing the idealist again, believing that The Whisperer will need to stand trial for leaking government information. In his mind he should be held accountable for his actions, even if he had the best intentions.

Sam, being the more cynical of the two, feels that the Whisperer would never get a fair trial due to the nature of his “crimes” and therefor it is Captain America’s job to ensure he can escape capture, since all he did was, as Sam puts it “saved us from ourselves”.

After a brief exchange between the two heroes, Sam does the exact opposite of what Steve would have done and beats up some S.H.I.E.L.D agents, rescuing the Whisperer to live and rat another day. This is the action that causes the rift between these two former partners.

One of the things I love about this being the hot issue is that I, myself, am torn. I agree with Steve and stand behind him 100%, but at the same time I totally get where Sam is coming from and understand why he does what he does. There is no good guy/bad guy situation here. Nick Spencer gives us a realistic situation with no clear right answer, and again I feel like he has complete understanding of the characters he is writing. Both of these characters have views that seem natural and in-character for them, and I thank Spencer for keeping that in mind while writing. I do wonder, however, where Sharon stands on the subject – we haven’t heard from her yet.

So with the elephant in the room properly addressed we can move forward on to the white
-power super villains who, as it turns out, are working for a bigger badder…uh…badguy. While I’m not usually a fan of retreading old stories, I’m curious to see what the Power Broker has to do with this plot, and how it relates to Falcapwolf. Oh, issue #3 is going to be “The Return of Cap-Wolf” in case you didn’t know.

Issue #2 is pretty solid and sheds plenty of light on the situation developing with “Everyone vs. Sam Wilson” while still leaving us plenty of time to develop the story behind the Sons of the Serpent. Nick Spencer moves the story forward again in an interesting direction and keeps us wanting more, which is more than I can say for several previous Cap stories. Look for it in comic stores now.

Oh, I can’t believe Sam just left Misty on that plane after her whole “You wouldn’t like me when I’m bored” speech. I’m sure that won’t come back to bite him.