Captain America: Sentinel of Liberty #8-9
Issue(s): Captain America: Sentinel of Liberty #8, Captain America: Sentinel of Liberty #9
It would have been interesting to get a modern take on the 1970s Cap/Falcon status quo that attempted to tackle social issues, but this story is pretty generic. Even that wouldn't be too bad if the art was consistent, but, possibly due to deadline problems, the art on these two issues were farmed out to different art teams, resulting in major errors. One character, Ajani Jackson, de-ages about 20 years in between books.
The main villain of the first book disappears in the second. The script tries to make up for this by giving all of his dialogue to the Wizard and having everyone refer to the Wizard by the main bad guy's name. This is a real problem because we're dealing with a white supremacist group. The Wizard makes it clear in the first issue that he's not interested in their agenda, only their cash.
In the second, he is spouting racist dialogue.
Even judged individually, the artwork in each issue isn't very good. Issue #8 features some of the weirdest facial expressions i've seen.
In the second issue, the Falcon, wearing Cap's costume, looks like a 70 year old man.
A terrible botch-up overall.
Quality Rating: D
Chronological Placement Considerations: Marvel Chronology Project places this between Avengers #88 & #93 and Captain America #143 & #144. Steve Rogers currently has a job as a policeman, which was his status quo starting in #139.
Continuity Insert? N
My Reprint: N/A
These issues really are a mess. The character who looks like the Wizard in issue 9 is actually John Mason from the previous issue (he's referred to many times by name, including one of the scans featured here), but Braithwaite mistakenly drew him as the Wizard, instead of the heavyset guy with glasses and no facial hair that he was in the previous issue. Mason dies at the end of the story.
Posted by: Andrew | November 17, 2017 7:47 PM
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