March 10, 2004
And again, a comment grows into an entry
I have gots to stop doing that. Here's Priest, on his I'm-hoping still upcoming book, Captain America and The Falcon:
The foundation of the book is the unshakeable friendship between these two men. The friendship is non-negotiable and the trust between them is implicit, despite the rather damming evidence that, in issue #1, The Falcon has violated National Security, and the government has given Cap just 24 hours to bring Falcon in before they go after Falcon with guns blazing. If you use the trust these two men have as a compass, it makes negotiating the many twists and turns of "Two Americas," CAF's inaugural story arc, much easier.
In four issues taking place in just over 24 hours, Cap tracks the fugitive Falcon through rural Cuba as a hurricane slams the island, trying to stay one step ahead of government agents and Columbian drug warlords-- all out gunning for Falcon, who has apparently and inexplicably turned against his own government. Cap's faith and trust in his old partner is put to the test as Falcon leads Cap through a dangerous steeplechase, ending in a major firefight in Miami. Using all the training he's received from Cap to stay one step ahead of his old partner, Falcon comes into his own as a worthy adversary for Cap as he manages to evade not only Cap but the good guys and bad guys as well. Complicating matters is a powerful rogue agent, a mysterious new threat developed by the US Navy, who is determined to stop Falcon from revealing classified secrets and who will stop at nothing-- not even Cap's death-- to achieve that objective.
It's hard to give out too many plot specifics without ringing bells we don't want prematurely rung, but "Two Americas" is an all-out action story pitting Captain America against his old friend The Falcon, with national security secrets and their very relationship at stake. With the clock running down, these two friends must pass through a crucible of plot twists, political intrigue and lies as both men defend the same principle from opposing perspectives.
As a result of decisions The Falcon makes in the "Two Americas" arc, he becomes a wanted man with Federal arrest warrants outstanding. Cap is pressured to bring Falcon in, but because of events in "Two Americas," Cap realizes the Falcon's criminal status is a retaliatory measure against Cap himself, and he refuses to cooperate.
If you read The Crew, or Black Panther, or Xer0 (which you probably didn't, as all of 'em died due to low sales, if I remember a'right), you know that Priest does politics well. Possibly too well for mainstream superhero comics, which would explain why the other books. . . well, Panther ran way longer than anyone expected, actually. And DC didn't exactly do well by Xer0. The Crew, um, the less said, the better, I think.
This is not a comics blog, by the way.
np: The Breeders, Wicked Little Town (Hedwig Version), Wig In A Box
Posted by Aaron at March 10, 2004 11:33 AM
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Captain America and The Falcon is out now. I'm picking it up at the comic book store in just a few minutes. (it came out last week, i'm just lame and ran out of comic dollars then)
Posted by: Jason at March 10, 2004 02:57 PM
. . . maybe I should actually check that link to the New Comic Book Releases List every once in a while. Thanks for the heads-up.
Let me know what you think of it. You liked The Crew, right? So that's two of us. . .
Posted by: Aaron at March 10, 2004 03:24 PM
Not fond of the overblown muscle art, but the story is good. I know, I know, It's a comic book, but jaw muscles shouldn't look they have been pumped to press 500 lbs.
Story for issue 1: Good. I like the timeline notations so you can feel the intensity.
I'll buy issue two, despite the art.
Posted by: dr.nik at March 11, 2004 01:53 PM
Priest has bad luck with artists sometimes; have a look at his Paycheck Comics essay for a few examples.
In fact, think there were a few times on USENET where he felt the need to explain what a sequence was supposed to be illustrating, becaue the art was so, um, at variance with what he'd asked for in the script. . .
Posted by: Aaron at March 11, 2004 02:21 PM
The art is a little hit or miss but the story is strong. Great ending cliff-hanger.
The metaphor and exposition is excellent.
I've never read Captain America in a proper Main Universe book (The Ultimates doesn't count at all) so it's interesting.
I've been enjoying mainstream comics attempts at looking at contemporary political and social culture lately.
This joins my heady reads like Supreme Power.
Posted by: Jason at March 11, 2004 07:10 PM
May you finally be free of pain. Some souls are just to big for this world...
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