>WARNING: The following contains spoilers for U.S. Agent #3, by Christopher Priest, Georges Jeanty, Karl Story, Matt Milla and VC's Joe Sabino, on sale now.
>John Walker, a.k.a. U.S. Agent, has always been a warped mirror image of Captain America, seeing the world through a murkier and less old-fashioned lens than the Sentinel of Liberty. This made him analogous to several "dark rival" characters of the '80s and '90s in mainstream comic books, such as Thunderstrike, Azrael and Venom. He eventually calmed down a bit from his original antagonistic persona, but this hasn't stopped the mantle itself from representing something far removed from anything that Steve Rogers ever believed in.
>The character, soon to make his MCU debut in the Disney + series Falcon and the Winter Soldier, is currently returning to the comic book limelight in his own mini-series. US Agent #3 has John Walker grappling with family issues and a new individual taking his title. Ironically, the "new" U.S. Agent seems to have a much bigger beef with Battlestar, John Walker's former sidekick. Bristling with hate and cynicism toward America, the violent new U.S. Agent bears more than a passing physical and proverbial resemblance to the Comedian from Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons' Watchmen.
>First shown at the conclusion of the second issue, the new government-sanctioned U.S. Agent, who's also known as Saint, makes his raucous full-scale debut in US Agent #3, attacking a vehicle that Battlestar happened to be riding in at the time. Battlestar, also known as Lemar Hoskins, briefly served as Bucky when the John Walker U.S. Agent served as Captain America. When the unintentionally offensive connotations of this name were brought to the attention of writer Mark Gruenwald, his moniker was changed to Battlestar.