REVIEW: More Caps Arrive in The United States of Captain America #3
In The United States of Captain America #3, with a main cover by Alex Ross, we get two more stories about the Captain America network! With another new Captain America and more interesting developments in the main storyline, this is another solid entry in this series that begins in the beautiful mesas of Northern New Mexico!
“Lookin’ for Uncle Sam”
In the first story, “Lookin’ for Uncle Sam,” by Christopher Cantwell, Dave Eaglesham, Matt Milla, and Joe Caramagna, we get more details about the ongoing storyline that sees Steve Rogers and Sam Wilson going on a cross-country trip to retrieve the stolen shield.
And along the way, Sam and Steve meet five different individuals, all of whom have been inspired by Cap to pick up their own shield!
One of the new Caps that Sam and Steve meet is Joe Gomez, the Captain America of the Kickapoo Tribe, and according to the back matter, Marvel worked with Kickapoo consultants Keith Bluecloud (pictured below being honored as an Eastern Regional Bureau of Indian Affairs employee) and Mosiah Bluecloud (an expert in Kickapoo and Indigenous language) to develop the new hero.
This week, BIA is recognizing its 197th anniversary & the many ways it has changed since it was established! Eastern Regional employee, Keith Bluecloud, is in Florida helping the Miccssukee Tribe of Indians w/ removing invasive species & noxious weeds. pic.twitter.com/lh0jdOQEdO
— Bureau of Indian Affairs (@BureauIndAffrs) March 13, 2021
Plus – no spoilers – but another character joins up with Steve, Sam, and Joe Gomez, the Captain America of the Kickapoo Tribe, over the course of this issue… and if you’re anything like me, reader, you’ll gasp with delight when he appears!
“People Like Us”
In the second story, “People Like Us” by Darcie Little Badger, David Cutler, Roberto Poggi, Milla, and Caramagna, we get to find out what Gomez meant when he said that Steve didn’t remember the first time they met.
This story offers an answer to the question raised in the text, which means that there’s a self-contained question and answer within this issue, between the first and second stories – what else could you want from the middle issue of a five-issue series?
On top of that, it is especially interesting to see how and why Gomez decided to adopt the mantle of “Captain America,” which is especially interesting considering, as an Indigenous man, Gomez (and many members of his community) are skeptical of the American flag.
The United States of Captain America #3
Finally, I really enjoyed the letters column in this issue, which included a note from a queer person who had experienced homelessness themselves and found Aaron Fischer to be an especially meaningful character.
This issue has been another solid chapter in this series, and the addition of new members of the Captain America network continue to be a highlight, with Gomez being an especially cool addition.
Have you had a chance to pick up The United States of Captain America #3 yet, Marvel Blog True Believers? Which one of the members of the Captain America network is your favorite? Let us know what you’re thinking in the comment section!