Penciler: Georges Jeanty
Inker: Karl Story
Release Date: April 28, 2021
Reviewed by: Glimmer
U.S.Agent #5 is the final installment of the 5-issue “U.S.Agent: American Zealot” mini-series written by Priest with art by Georges Jeanty. In this concluding chapter entitled “Rockets’ Red Glare,” John Walker has his hands full as he faces off against the newly appointed U.S.Agent April Manning – who goes by the codename “The Saint.” He also comes face to face with the behemoth “Kaiju”, which has been secretly hidden for some time now by the S.H.I.E.L.D. agency. And if that wasn’t enough, John has to deal with his younger sister Kate and her plans to become the next SuperPatriot. It all comes to a rip-roaring conclusion here in this final issue.
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John Walker has been in the spotlight lately with the recent release of the Disney+ series “The Falcon and the Winter Soldier” as well as this mini-series by Marvel. Those of you who have been along for the ride for the first four issues of the series, will not be disappointed with this concluding chapter. I really liked it. The writing by Priest is very well done and the artwork by Jeanty gives the story visuals that are pleasing and complimentary. The issue is filled with battles but don’t forget to develop those supporting characters we have been following throughout the series.
It continues to tell us the overall story from the viewpoint of the people of Ephraim, West Virginia, as well as give us the backstory history of John Walker. The strength of this series is in its characters. My personal favorite was Morrie Watanbe. I hope we see more of him with the U.S.Agent in the future. That being said, this issue wasn’t perfect. I didn’t care for the use of “Kaiju” or its role in the story. I also sometimes found the flashback scenes and jumps in time confusing. I wish Priest had simply given us a time/date post once in a while to direct our minds to the correct period the panels were pertaining to.
This was a very good concluding issue to a fun and exciting mini-series. I enjoyed the writing, artwork, cover, fight scenes, and most of all, the character development throughout the issue. I’m ready and eager for more John Walker, U.S.Agent in the pages of “United States of Captain America” coming in June!