As of this writing we are a little more than two weeks away from the 2016 general election. The country stands poised to make a selection that could have serious consequences on domestic and foreign policy. It’s on the minds of every American citizen and weighs on the hearts of countless citizens around the world. Change is in the air.
You would expect to encounter debate fodder in the headlines of national newspapers or prominent political websites; you wouldn’t expect the same rhetoric to be found in the pages of a comic, yet here Nick Spencer has decided to bring the country’s attention to the issues of terrorism, the no-fly list, immigration, trade, mass deportation, nuclear armament, the NSA files on civilians and climate change denial.
The issue centers on the group known as Ultimatum and its leader Flag-Smasher. Ultimatum is a high-tech home-grown terrorist cell that has infiltrated and taken hostage a fundraiser for a group of New York Republicans. The Donald Trump proxy of the story is a right-wing conservative named Tom Herald, while there are just enough differences to blur the lines of fiction and reality, the senator of the comic does share the exact same beliefs of the Republican front-runner.
By the end of the issue Sam Wilson has failed to save the day and is being dragged through the mud by the media for the death of a political big-wig. All of this on top of the brow beating that Wilson has had to withstand as Steve Rodgers has returned to share the mantle of Captain America.
Final Thoughts: The current climate of politics is volatile to say the least. I’m surprised that Marvel is wading into the mix with this title. As always with politics you’ll lose half your audience when you take a stand. It’ll be interesting to see just how committed Marvel is to continue down this current path.
Final Grade: 3 Stars
Writer: Nick Spencer
Penciller: Paul Renaud
Cover Artist: Marcos Martin
Colors: John Rauch
Letters: VC’s Joe Caramagna