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Captain America: Symbol of Truth #5: Review

Sep 2022
Tochi Onyebuchi, R B Silva

Story Name:

Homeland Part 5

Review & Comments

Rating:
4 stars

Captain America: Symbol of Truth #5 Review by (September 28, 2022)
Review: So what’s the difference between Wakanda and Latveria? Doctor Doom was more reasonable (see issue #3). In a surprise move, hero goes against hero and one of them comes off looking like a fascist dictator—and it’s the popular Black Panther, still connected in readers’ minds to the late beloved actor Chadwick Boseman (or, more specifically, his nation). The issue would obviously be spun differently in BP’s own titles but for Marvel to allow things to get to this point makes for a shocking move. As well as portraying two Black men as enemies, not obvious allies, coming off a bit differently in these days of “diversity and inclusion.” And the words hurt more than the punches here. And the two guys do not make up in the end, though it is T’Challa’s views that are tempered upon reflection. Very strange issue closes out the story arc.  

Comments: Sam Cap gets to say, “I can do this all day,” Steve Cap's famous line. A letters page debuts in this issue.





 

Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Captain America: Symbol of Truth #5 Synopsis by Peter Silvestro

Black Panther orders Captain America (Sam Wilson) out of Wakanda; Sam replies not until he gets what he came for. There is a fight with T’Challa’s citing Wakanda’s national sovereignty and Sam asserting the threat to both their nations. Cap has birds attack Panther while asking T’Challa about all of the advantages, wealth, technology, and power Wakanda has enjoyed—but what did they ever do for the neighboring countries as they were colonized and enslaved? Together they go over a waterfall but Sam is caught by Falcon who supplies him with his costume and shield. Shuri and a team of soldiers arrive to place them under arrest. Cap asserts that he was preventing a terrorist attack against Wakanda. Shuri shows that they have Crossbones in custody—after Cap defeated him. Shuri cites this illegal, American-led incursion on Wakandan territory as grounds for expelling all of the American immigrants to the nation. With bad grace, Cap and Falcon fly home….

Later, Sam and Misty Knight chat about his recent mission and she asks, “What was on that train?” Sam tells her, “Just folks trying to find a home.”

Falcon talks with Luisa and she describes the bad guy in charge (the White Wolf) and mentions she smuggled part of a big rock out of the lab. He mentions how he thinks of Sam as family.  Falcon takes Luisa to his abuela’s (grandmother) house where she is reunited with her brother Paco and other refugees….

As Sam sits on the rooftop after Misty leaves, he is approached by Black Panther who tells him he thinks Shuri’s decision was uncalled for. Sam insists he meant what he said about Wakanda’s privileges. T’Challa says they are alike in the they will do what it takes to protect their countries—but this does not make them friends. He leaves….

White Wolf, learning of the failure of his scheme, is annoyed so he makes plans to return to his homeland, Mohannda….



R B Silva
Julian Shaw
Jesus Aburtov
R B Silva (Cover Penciler)
R B Silva (Cover Inker)
Jesus Aburtov (Cover Colorist)
Letterer: Jose Caramagna.

Characters

Listed in Alphabetical Order.

Black Panther
Black Panther

(T'Challa)
Captain America
Captain America

(Sam Wilson)

Plus: Black Panther (Shuri), Falcon (Joaquin Torres), White Wolf (Hunter).

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