U.S.Agent no 1

série: Marvel various
dessinateur / scénariste: Collectif
éditeur: Marvel USA
genre: Série Noire
classement: carton131
date: 1993
format: broché
état: TBE/N*
valeur: 4 €
critère: *
remarques: U.S.Agent, volume 1/No. 1 June 1993

>> this issue being a representative sample of the serie

- U.S.Agent, road to redemption
by Mark Gruenwald and M.C. Wyman

>> not the best U.S.Agent

- cover USAgent 1993
- cover USAgent 1986

U.S.Agent is a fictional comic book superhero
appearing in books published by Marvel Comics,
usually those starring Captain America and the Avengers,
he was created by Mark Gruenwald and Paul Neary
and first appeared in Captain America #323 (November 1986) as Super-Patriot,
he was later redesigned as a new incarnation of Captain America
and just a few years later, as U.S.Agent,
in 2012, U.S.Agent was ranked 29th in IGN's list of "The Top 50 Avengers

John Walker was born in the fictional town of Custer's Grove, Georgia,
he grew up idolizing his older brother, Mike,
a helicopter pilot who died in the Vietnam War
John wanted to honor his brother's memory by enlisting
in the military, becoming a soldier himself

Walker is the second Super-Patriot character in the Marvel Universe,
the first Super-Patriot debuted in Nick Fury:
Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. #13 in July 1969 and would never appear again

the original Super-Patriot's costume bears
no resemblance to that used by John Walker
Walker soon resurfaced as an adventurer, the U.S.Agent,
wearing a variation of the costume that Rogers had worn as the Captain
and using his vibranium disc as a shield,
Walker continued to work for the Commission,
he was first seen as the U.S. Agent,
battling an Iron Monger as a test for the Commission,
he was placed as a watchdog of West Coast Avengers
and the Vision by the Commission,
as a condition to possibly get their government clearance reinstated,
some time later, he rescued Battlestar from the Power Broker and reconciled with him;
Walker learned that his memories had been altered and that his parents were dead

the manner of his appointment to the West Coast Avengers team
and his own abrasive attitude, saw U.S.Agent frequently
come into conflict with his colleagues,
in particular the headstrong Hawkeye (Clint Barton)
which culminated in a battle between the two that saw them both suspended,
he later almost killed Spider-woman (Julia Carpenter),
an ex-employee of U.S.Agent's employers Commission for Super Human Activities,
hesitating over delivering the fatal blow before collapsing in grief,
his guilt over his long history of violence catching up with him

while under the employ of the Commission for Superhuman Activities,
U.S.Agent was charged with the responsibility
of taking down the Punisher (Frank Castle),
U.S.Agent locates the Punisher and after some hand-to-hand combat,
the Punisher discloses that he is attempting
to take down the Maggia; U.S.Agent agrees to help the Punisher,
vowing to take him into custody once they had done so
Agent takes down the superpowered mercenary Paladin
who had been employed to kill the Punisher by the Maggia,
breaking both of his legs with his shield,
ultimately the Punisher upon completing his mission escapes U.S. Agent
by dressing a deceased henchman in his uniform
and leaving him in a burning building,
convincing U.S.Agent that he had perished in the fire
U.S.Agent is berated by his employers who inform him that his job is to act,
not think and declaring that it is no wonder that he failed as Captain America,

U.S.Agent was once more forced to choose between following the rules and laws
of the nation he had dedicated himself to serving,
or ignoring them in favor of doing what he personally believed to be right,
when he investigated a series of gruesome murders
of illegal immigrants on the Mexico/U.S border
who he later discovered were being committed
by a corrupt law enforcement official

U.S.Agent investigates the killer "the Scourge of the Underworld"
and discovers that Scourge is not an individual at all,
but is in fact essentially a franchise of killers
trained towards the singular purpose of wiping out the menace
posed by the world's various super-villains,
U.S.Agent attempts to infiltrate the organization but is captured,
tortured and interrogated until he is released by a masked operative
who reveals himself to be none other than Mike Walker,
U.S.Agent's older brother who he had long thought to have died in the Vietnam conflict,
Mike tries to convince U.S. Agent to join the Scourge program
before letting him go in order to think it over
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