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Captain America and the Falcon #14: Review

Jun 2005
Christopher Priest, Dan Jurgens

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American Psycho, Part 2

Review & Comments

3 stars

Captain America and the Falcon #14 Review by (January 3, 2013)
Review: The final issue is a political debate framed as a fistfight (or vice-versa, it’s hard to tell sometimes). Really, the entire issue is people arguing over politics while Captain America tries to do stuff. The best part of the story is the four-page roof top fight; why? Because it is almost entirely silent—but soon the chatter starts up again. So let’s get down to it: Omoro lectures Cap on American Imperialism (while citing the fictitious statistic that 63% of American oil comes from Baud Olan—it was never that bad). Ali Morales mocks Cap for trying to impose his views on the Falcon. Jimmy Westbrook argues for a ruthless policy of realpolitik (while calling moral absolutes a “liberal” viewpoint—it doesn’t work that way where I’m from). Joe Robertson talks about knowing where to draw the moral line. Anti-Cap holds a “political ends justify the means" ethos. And the French don’t like Americans. Where does Cap stand? America’s strength lies in her ideals, not her weapons. And using the weapons to impose the ideals is wrong. Biggest shortcoming of the debate: there are moral absolutes—but where do they come from? God? Natural law? The U.S. Constitution? The consensus of “right-thinking” people (i.e. people who agree with the speaker)? Do we each get to make up our own set? Until that question is addressed, all talk of morality is ultimately like jogging in quicksand. So how about the rest of the issue? Confusing; what exactly is going on in the Falcon’s head? How was he “using” the Anti-Cap? Did he really intend to lead Cap to the meeting with Westbrook? Does giving stolen money to charity really constitute justice? For a book titled CAPTAIN AMERICA AND THE FALCON with such a heavy presence for the latter, we don’t get a good handle on the “new” version.

Comments: Last issue in series.


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Captain America and the Falcon #14 Synopsis by Peter Silvestro

As the story opens, Captain America is following Redwing through the streets of Paris until he arrives at a cemetery….

The story then goes back six weeks, to Cap’s apparent death on a hospital operating table. He suddenly sits up, his healing abilities having shut down his metabolism to make him appear dead. He is met by SHIELD Agent Ali Morales who tells him Falcon is controlling the Anti-Cap and using him for his own purposes. Cap demands that she help or get out of the way…. Soon they arrive at the Wakandan Embassy where Omoro gives the codes enabling them to track the Falcon’s whereabouts—while making a speech denouncing America’s imperialism and dependence on foreign oil. The trail leads them to Baud Olan where they find they have been tricked—but they run into Admiral Jimmy Westbrook who tries to cut a deal with Cap—one that would leave the Anti-Cap dead and the Falcon in prison; Cap refuses. Later at Sam’s apartment, Steve runs into Joe Robertson, who reveals that the money Falcon has been extorting from the powerful has been used to fund programs at a community center, and asks that he give Sam the chance to prove himself. Joe also has a note from Leila about a French doctor who has synthesized AVX, the Anti-Cap’s drug. Cap goes to Paris where he finds the Anti-Cap and the two battle it out in a fight/chase that carries them over the rooftops and into the subway. While debating the issues they bash each other around on the tracks. When Anti-Cap finally gets the upper hand, telling Cap the Falcon is dead, the baddie is attacked by Redwing and overpowered by the hero. Seeing he has lost, Anti-Cap stands in front of an oncoming train and is killed. Cap then follows Redwing to a cemetery where he finds the Falcon’s empty costume….

Dan Jurgens
Tom Palmer
Transparency Digital
Dan Jurgens (Cover Penciler)
? (Cover Inker)
? (Cover Colorist)


Listed in Alphabetical Order.

Captain America
Captain America

(Steve Rogers)

(Sam Wilson)
Robbie Robertson
Robbie Robertson

(Joe Robertson)

Plus: Admiral Jimmy Westbrook, Alisande Morales, Anti-Cap.

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