A lot of characters have worn the mantle of Captain America over the years. And although no-one quite does it like Steve Rogers, Sam Wilson definitely comes a very close second. With the way that the MCU looks to be developing, it seems that Sam will take up the Captain America mantle on the big screen.
‘Not My Captain America’ paints a rather grim picture where America isn’t happy about the stance that Sam Wilson is taking as Captain America. As he investigates a kidnapping of a samaritan at the American/Mexican border, he discovers that the Secret Serpent Society are responsible. Following his lead, he discovers that this time the Society have rebranded themselves and are getting involved in corporate business in order to make their mark on the world. Naturally, Sam has to get involved and with the help of Misty Knight, he tries to bring the Society down.
I rather enjoyed this story. I think it was quite interesting to see the open disregard that people had for this Captain America and I wouldn’t be surprised if this viewpoint is portrayed in the Captain America and Winter Soldier TV show coming out. There wasn’t much in terms of actual character development, but I didn’t hold that against the novel.
I thought the artwork in this novel was quite good and the distinct style really made the characters pop in the scenes. The covers on the other hand weren’t great, the one above only being picked because I liked how it showed the disconnect between Sam and Steve. Overall, not a bad novel at all, and given that it was the first Captain America novel I’ve ever read, it sets the bar.
Glad to see that there’s still love there!
Sam. He’s actually a really good Captain America!
Story Arc: ★★★
Character Development: ★★