This run tied in with the whole Avengers Disassembled thing where Wanda went nuts. It did not do good things for Sam. I had to revisit this for roleplaying reasons, so…
Sam and Steve have been tasked with bringing in the Anti-Cap, a super sailor who never even gets a name. Bad luck, kid. He’s like Steve, if Steve was in the Navy and inspired by the Oklahoma City bombing instead of WWII. Oh, and kind of nuts.
Anyway Sam tried to fly in a hurricane and tore his wings the fuck up, so right now he doesn’t have them. He does have guns. Yeah, that’s a little off. And yes, he did just jump off a building onto the top of Steve’s taxi.
I kind of love how Sam’s just sitting there casually reading the newspaper through this whole conversation. “You’re a dick, Steve, looks like we’re having rain this weekend. You think this rifle’s over the top enough?”
When the guy who broke the Anti-Cap out of jail, stole 30 (300?) grand from the Rivas and blackmailed a senator just in the last week accuses you of having blatant disregard for someone’s safety you know you’re in trouble.
Semi-automatics: the perfect accessory for any outfit, or no outfit at all. (I don’t know guns, okay?)
Anyway, at around this point Sam’s ex’s current (the guy who’s house Sam basically stole) turns up to kill Sam. Sam dares him to and Steve accidentally gets shot. Oops.
…And Sam disappears, never to be seen again until the Winter Soldier turns out to be Bucky Barnes. At some point in the intervening time, he’s gotten sane again, which is probably a relief for everyone.
It’s cool though. Steve was just sleeping, he woke up a few minutes later.
He of course doesn’t have the memo about the Winter Soldier thing so he goes looking for his disappeared insane buddy with wings that come with a pre-installed GPS jammer. Luckily they do have T’Challa’s own transponder in them and the embassy sighs and gives him the code. Unluckily, the transponder is now on a goat’s collar. Bad luck, Steve.