Major changes took place in this week’s Captain America: Sam Wilson #21 heading into Secret Empire #0 on April 19. Writer Nick Spencer set the stage for what could be a major upheaval for Sam Wilson, while artist Daniel Acuna’s art sneaks some hints at the rise of a new hero.
Spoilers ahead for Captain America: Sam Wilson #21.
As Sam Wilson recounts his life both before becoming Captain America and after in a letter to Misty Knight, we’re given a tour of his current status quo and what’s going on with his allies.
With Rage still in a coma, Joaquin Torres/Falcon swears revenge against both the court system that railroaded him and the criminals who attacked him. Meanwhile, D-Man helps rebuild the church of Sam's brother Gideon, and it’s revealed TV pundit Harry Hauser is an operative of Hydra working for Steve Rogers.
In light of all that’s occurring around him, Sam announces on television that he is retiring as Captain America - something teased not just on the cover of this issue, but future issues of Captain America: Sam Wilson as well.
Inspired by Sam's retirement, Rayshaun, the teenager who has been seen wearing Rage make-up while rioting, is seen working on a design for a new costume labeled “Patriot.” A character named Patriot with a similar costume is set to appear in Secret Empire: Brave New World, and has appeared in previews for Secret Empire #1.
Captain America: Sam Wilson #22 is due out May 31, which Secret Empire #1 comes out April 19.