CAPTAIN AMERICA AND THE FALCON #139

Falcon gets a new weapon: Talons.  He still doesn’t have his wings.  I’m not sure why Marvel thought a bird-character should swing on a rope rather than fly.  Also, rather than call it a Falcon Talon, he calls it a hawk hook.

Clearly, they didn’t put enough thought into it.

Anyway, this is a very interesting issue with a very weird concept. There are some corrupt cops in NYC, so Captain America goes undercover to expose them.  Sargent Muldoon, who becomes a recurring side character, asks him to do it.  He’s clearly based on Jack Kirby.

Undercover Cap is high concept, and yet, it works as a platform for his burgeoning identity crisis.  It also makes sense that he would have such a crisis–he’s partnered with a street-level hero who is very connected with his community, while Steve Rogers doesn’t even really exist anymore.  In fact, Falcon’s girlfriend, Leila Taylor, is introduced in this issue.  She feels more authentic than most of the black characters written by white men in early Marvel books–even if she has to have stylized speech patters and a moderately militant agenda….

 

 

 

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