Serpent Squad

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CAPTAIN AMERICA: SAM WILSON #1-6

When Steve Rogers was restored to his natural age, he chose one of his closest and most trusted allies to take up his shield. Now Sam Wilson, formerly the Avenger known as Falcon, carries on the fight for liberty and justice as the all-new, all-different Captain America! Danger on Wall Street…It’s the venomous return of THE SERPENT SQUAD!!! Witness the birth of the All-New, All-Different FALCON! Showdown on Wall Street! Team Cap’s final showdown with Serpent Solutions.

  • Published: October 2015 - February 2016
  • Writer: Nick Spencer 
  • Cover Artist: Daniel Acuna 

//my touch is black and poisonous//

-slytherin/wampus aesthetic
requested by @slytherinsmbc

~ro

//It’s time to let go of this endless summer afternoon//

-slytherin lesbian aesthetic
((requested by @imjustyourproblem666))

~ro

//memories turn into daydreams, become a taboo//

-emo trans slytherin aesthetic
((requested by @shapeorderfromchaos))

~ro

SPEEDPAINT

Mini: I’m cold, lonely, and I’m far from home, but on the bright side I always wanted to see the ocean. I never imagined I’d be in this position really. I didn’t ever imagine I’d be living like this. I didn’t choose this life, I was destined to have it. I was destined to survive.

Floating Alone.

{Please do not repost my work}

//It hurts until it stops, we will love until it’s not//

-artsy slytherin with panic at the disco aesthetic
requested by @editingmyownappearance

~ro
How good are Sisters of Silence as Fighters?

Having read nearly all the Horus Heresy and 40k era books containing them, I feel that the Sisters of Silence really struggle when taking on enemies who do not derive their strength from the Warp.

-In “Serpent Beneath”, a squad of Alpha Legionnaires wipes out about a dozen Sisters of Silence with no losses to themselves. Now, while this is an top squad of Alphas, the fact remains that such a one-sided battle remains at odds with the “Emperor’s elite” the Sisters project.

-In “Nemesis”, Erebus and a group of Word Bearers easily capture a Black Ship and kill all the Sisters of inside without much resistance. The Sisters are even unable to prevent Erebus from getting his hand on a super-powerful null which he later sends on a mission to kill the Emperor.

-In “Thousand Sons”, Ahriman is able to pick off individual Sisters of Silence with his bolter and. weaken the advancing Imperial line. Again without any significant pushback,

-In “Gathering Storm 3″, while they do negate Magnus’ psyker abilities they don’t really put on much of an impressive fight against the Primarch, dying very quickly to him.

-In “Dark Imperium”, the Sisters of Silence assigned to Guilliman are dispatched rather quickly by a greater demon of Nurgle, despite their supposed expertise against such warp creatures. In fact they would have all been killed had Guilliman not intervened and killed the demon with the Emperor’s Sword.

I feel the SoS are given the “Worf effect” ie: killed off by others to show how badass and dangerous the said character is. (Which occurs quite a bit with Custodians as well). This really degrades the Sister’s status as “elite” warriors of the Emperor himself and reduces them to their status as nulls.

Thoughts? @sisterofsilence @ask-tribune-ra @askjenetiakrole

SPEEDPAINT

I’ve seen you in the daylight, and at first I didn’t understand why the others called you a monster. You warned me, told me not to stay after dark. You mentioned monsters that roamed after the sun went down, hunting for there next meal like starved animals. At first I listened and went back to Utopia before dark like you instructed me to do, but then there was a day I stayed with you for far to long.

And then I understood…you’re a monster too.

Part 2/2

As I wrote about last time, it was getting a pair of Marvel comics that put me off of the brand for several years. One was an issue of THOR, and the other was this issue of CAPTAIN AMERICA. I should mention, for context, that this is the final part of Steve Englehart’s long Watergate/Secret Empire/Nomad sequence, an absolute classic in the character’s history. But with that said, I hated this comic book, and didn’t quite understand it–and I don’t think it’s too difficult to see why.

For one thing, the artwork in the issue was done by the idiosyncratic Frank Robbins. He was a master illustrator, but modern super heroes were not his greatest forte. His figures tended to lurch awkwardly across the page, contorted into weird poses, and his style had a scratchy almost dirty look to it–his faces weren’t especially attractive. Robbins was a student of the Milton Caniff school of comics, and that simply wasn’t what I was looking for at the time.

For another thing, the set-up of the series at this point wasn’t incredibly well articulated, so I was terribly lost from the get-go. To make this worse, during this era I routinely skipped over reading the caption boxes–I found them dry and boring, and often like doing work. So I didn’t really get the idea that this Nomad guy was actually the real Captain America, and the guy we would see in a few pages was an untrained substitute. 

So the story opens up with Nomad (who as I mentioned earlier, is actually Steve Rogers, the former Captain America) in battle with one of the most ludicrous Marvel villains ever conceived, Gamecock. This guy makes Captain Boomerang and the Top look like serious players. Nomad is on the hunt for the Falcon, who is missing, but he’s outmatched by Gamecock and his men, and it’s only the appearance of a bazooka-wielding mystery man that ends the skirmish, with Gamecock and his buys escaping over the rooftops.

The Falcon’s tough-talking girlfriend Leila doesn’t have any info to share with Nomad, so it’s back over the rooftops–where Nomad comes across protesters who have gathered in support of the recently-incarcerated Serpent Squad. Nomad drops down and tries to give them the true facts of how the Squad weren’t heroes at all, but the crowd isn’t biting, and it’s a full-on riot before you know it. Nice going, Cap!

Things get worse from there. Peggy Carter and Gabe Jones haven’t got a clue to give Nomad, and neither does Harlem crime boss Morgan (though he does admit to sending Gamecock out to kill the Falcon.) Nomad tries to find Luke Cage on the chance that the Hero for Hire will know something, but not only does he not locate Luke, but Nomad also spends several panels casting aspersions on the fact that he’s a hero for hire, rather than 100% altruistic. Additionally, there are bank runs taking place all across the city. When Nomad intercedes, he has a conversation with a citizen who has bought into the big lie that Captain America was corrupt. Poor, sad Nomad continues on his mission.

Nomad tries calling Professor X for help, but the Beast is similarly of no assistance. Finally, though, just as hop is beginning to look lost, Redwing, the Falcon’s pet bird, swoops down, and leads Nomad across the city, to where the dead body of Captain America is hung from a smokestack.

Now remember, when I was first reading this, I didn’t understand the characters and their relationships. So, for me, I thought that this was the actual Captain America who had been killed and humiliated. This despite what the pathetically trussed up Falcon reveals to Nomad–that the Red Skull, incensed that the person he was battling was merely a stand-in, slayed the substitute Cap Roscoe and hung him up as a warning.

From there, Nomad monologues for two pages about everything that he’s been through, that he doesn’t want to be Captain America any more, that he was a naive fool. It’s a pretty heady climax to this whole situation for Steve and Englehart–but to a seven year old kid with no real understanding of the issues involved, it was boring as hell. 

Coming to the inevitably conclusion, Nomad doesn’t even bother to cut Roscoe down or see to his bodily remains. Instead, he dashes off across the city again, doffs his tattered Nomad costume and resumes his identity as Captain America. And I, as a young reader, was thoroughly dissatisfied. Despite all of the running around, nothing had happened, the story was continued into another issue again (which was vexing in those days) and the artwork was strange and unattractive. From this point on, I was very loud, especially to my parents, about the fact that “Marvel Comics suck”, trying to make certain that they would never again accidentally buy me the wrong brand of comic book. I was so obnoxious about it for so long, in fact, that when I did start reading the Marvel books again several years later, my Dad gave me regular crap for it. I can only imagine how he’d have reacted to the fact that I’ve now worked for Marvel for 27 years…