|Former Iron Man James Rhodes meets Josiah X, heir to the Super Soldier|
legacy in The Crew, Issue #1.
|War Machine, James Rhodes, on|
the cover of issue #1 by
|Josiah X's secret is exposed in|
issue 6, with art by Joe Bennett.
In the current Marvel Comics Universe, the highly publicized change of shield-bearer from Steve Rogers to former partner Sam "The Falcon" Wilson would seem to subtly put forward the notion that he is the first African-American "Cap." Not so. Just over a decade ago, Marvel Comics fans were given some disturbing new insight into the U.S. government's efforts to recreate the project that resulted in Steve Rogers becoming Captain America.
The Crew as depicted on
the cover of issue #6 by
|The hero-in-full revealed at last|
in the series final issue, #7.
|Dannny "Junta" Vincent and Kasper |
"White Tiger" Cole are the other two
members of the Crew, seen here in issue #4
It should be clear that I enjoyed the plot and characterization inherent in Priest's work with The Crew, and in a medium where the artwork is an equal contributor, Joe Bennetts' work is also worthy of note. I had previously been unfamiliar with Joe Bennett's pencils. which possess a Bart Sear's vibe. Bennett's backgrounds effectively evoke the somber sadness of Little Mogadishu, while the panel blocking communicates both the frenetic energy of our more active superheros, Junta and White Tiger (above, left), as well as the stoic posturing of Rhodey and Josiah X. The infrequent splash pages also serve to establish striking iconic superhero poses for the relatively new heroes on the scene (see Josiah X below).
Though forgotten as a team following the seven issue "Big Trouble in Little Mogadishu" storyline, some events in The Crew have echoed into the current Marvel Universe, such as the later emergence of Josiah X's nephew as The Patriot of the Young Avengers, but this tale of the cast of the Crew has unfortunately fallen once again into the realm of urban myth and back issue longboxes.
The moments during which Rhodey dons armor
exist only on the series' covers such as this one for issue #4.