SPOILER WARNING: This article contains spoilers for “Captain America: Sam Wilson” #13, which is on sale now.
Sam Wilson’s tenure as Captain America has not been an easy one. He’s had to fight the Sons of the Serpent, the villains of Pleasant Hill, the Americops, cable news pundits and the hashtag #GiveBackTheShield. Last month saw a number of political figures take decisive action against the new Captain America by enlisting another shield-slinger, the U.S. Agent, to take back Sam’s shield up close and personal.
“Captain America: Sam Wilson” #13 from Nick Spencer and Daniel Acuna picks up with the battle underway, with the super strong former-Cap John Walker clashing with Sam. Captain America only got the drop on U.S. Agent by taking him into his own territory: the air. Sam flew Agent Walker into a dark tunnel where the former Falcon used his mental connection with birds to see in the dark and get the drop on his adversary. But, it turns out, the more consequential battle was still to come.
After leaving the scene, Wilson was confronted by Rage — a superhero and ex-Avenger, one who thought having a black man as Captain America would really change the system. But after Wilson stopped Rage from fighting the Americops currently using profiling techniques in Brooklyn, the young hero felt that the new Cap wasn’t doing anything differently than the old one.
So, that’s when Sam Wilson decided to get a power upgrade.
Thanks to a tiny brain implant from Tony Stark, the brain signals that Captain America gets from the point of view of the birds around him will be transmitted to a data storage facility.
Yep, wherever Sam Wilson now goes, he now turns the area around him into a densely monitored and surveilled area — thus allowing him to keep track of the Americops and have evidence of their wrongdoing.
But that wasn’t the only major reveal in the issue. The chapter concludes with a flashback to the previous issue when U.S. Agent was hired to take on Sam Wilson. We now see the rest of that scene, revealing that John Walker initially turned the mission down. He only accepted it when a new player entered the conversation: Steve Rogers.
It turns out that yes, the original Captain America asked John Walker to take the shield back from Sam Wilson. Of course, this is the current Steve Rogers that’s had his mind reconstructed by a Cosmic Cube into thinking that he is — and has always been — a HYDRA agent. We just saw in this week’s “Captain America: Steve Rogers” book that HYDRA Cap is a master manipulator; this issue proves that Rogers is also manipulating matters in Sam Wilson’s book, setting Rogers and Wilson on a collision course.
“Captain America: Sam Wilson” #14 arrives in stores on October 19.
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