ďAmerican Psycho: Part OneĒ
Writer: Christopher Priest
Artist: Dan Jurgens (p), Nelson and Pond Scum (i)
Plot: The threat of the Rivas/MODOK combined entity over, Sam Wilson tries to pick up the threads of his New York life, but heís made too many recent enemies.
Somewhat interesting: When Priest is on form his complex plotting (do he and Nicieza have a running bet going or something?) pays off in surprise reveals and tender character-revealing moments. He also wrote the single best issue relating to the Disassembled morass (the only moment in which we actually heard Wanda speaking), and Iíll always laud him for that.
Itís a shame really that he was saddled with Bart Sears for the premier arc of this title. Because I think that was the strongest one, and Searsí flagrantly bad art compromised it. Bennett improved things greatly for his duration (giving a strong personality to the Anti-Cap, who really was more of the Anti-Bucky after all), and now weíve got a beautiful issue from Dan Jurgens, a master of clean, precise storytelling. Too little, too late to save this title.
Itís the plot this issue Iím a bit lost on. I remember Sam humiliating the young guy to get his space; maybe now would be the time to apologize? I know everyone was healed and all bad drugs and infections were countered, but is hooking up with the amoral Anti-Cap really the best of ideas?
Still interesting: I can see some of what Priest is doing. When Cap is injured, we pick up the cinematic flashbacks to portions of his career that have been prevalent since the Witchís appearance. Now we donít know if these are just memories or delusions, or if they come from her or some other source. Theyíre effective insights into Capís personality, but in this story they take focus away from Sam, who is nebulous as well. Angry and violent, but nebulous.
In the end, events are too over the top to make sense. Iím not sure about Steveís fate, but I donít see Anti-Cap (a straight-up murderer) and Falcon lasting long term, and Iím completely non-plussed as to why he needs to recommit to the costume, which weíve seen him happily deploy throughout this series. Is he still cheesed at being framed and betrayed? Well, then go get Ďem already!
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