Gabriel Jones

Captain America: The First AvengerFinally, Captain America: The Winter Soldier has been released (in my country at least), and there’s quite a lot of people to speak about. Since many other countries, US included, will have to wait another little bit to see it, we’ll start from the old acquaintances. In the movie, Steve Rogers visits the Smithsonian Museum, where a permanent installation about him and his old team, the Howling Commandos, is displayed. There’s a picture for everyone, Gabe Jones included: he was portrayed by Derek Luke in the first movie, and he accompanied Rogers in his missions after being saved by him from a prison camp. The character already appeared in a much older version in Nick Fury: Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D., portrayed by Ron Canada; in the movie, he acted as one of Nick Fury‘s oldest friend, and one of the leaders of S.H.I.E.L.D. The comics version is somewhat a fusion between the two: let’s see together.

Gabriel Jones was born and raised in New York City, in the late 1920s. He became an orphan when he was still young, and was raised by his uncle, Bill Jones. Bill was a jazz lover, and he transmitted his passion to his nephew, who became a great trumpeter, trained by one of Bill’s many friends, Louis Armstrong himself. His talent soon reached a peek, and Gabe was invited by his uncle to play in his nightclub, becoming renowned as one of the most accomplished trumpeters in town, often paired up with his best friend, Danny Bellam, a drummer. When the war engulfed Europe, Jones decided his dreams of being a musician were less important than saving lives, and joined the Army. He couldn’t leave his trumpet, however, and his talent with music got the attention of some officers, who had him study classic German gabejonescomics1music in order to better understand the enemy. An expert in a very peculiar field, Jones was also a capable and brave soldier, who earned the respect of one of his supervisors, Captain Sawyer. Sawyer chose him to be part of a team he was putting together, the First Attack Squad, an occasion that Jones, being an Afroamerican often discharged because of racial issues, just couldn’t miss. Serving in the Squad, Jones met his on-field commander, Sgt. Nick Fury, who would have transformed the First Attack Squad into the legendary Howling Commandos. Gabe Jones became close friend with his teammates, and learnt another kind of music: the machineguns’ one, which he proved to be quite capable with as well. However, his trumpet was still his favourite instrument, and he often played to cheer up his friends during marches or after-battle parties, or even during the battle itself, proving the versatility of music.

Jones fought many Nazis, including the infamous Baron Zemo and Baron Strucker, but his nemesis soon became Otto, a flute player chosen as his doppleganger in the Nazi Blitzkrieg Squad. Near the end of the war, Jones was assigned with a personal mission: he had to find Danny Bellam, his old drummer friend, who apparently had escaped holding a dangerous, experimental virus from a Nazi lab. After some researches, Gabe found his band companion, but Danny, not wanting any of the two sides have the bio-weapon, had swallowed the virus: the only thing Jones could do, was to stand by his friend until he closed his eyes forever. Back in Paris, Gabe met Carla Williams, a singer, who he fell in love with: at the end of the war, the two of them came back to the States, but eventually their engagement broke up for unknown reasons. Gabe started gabejonescomics2his career as a jazz player once again, but when he knew his fellow Howling Commandos were enlisting for the Korea War, he joined as well, reuniting with his old friends. Back from yet another war he managed to survive to, Jones was called by his leader and friend, Nick Fury, to serve with him into S.H.I.E.L.D., the intelligence organization Fury soon became the director of. Some of the big bosses had some doubts regarding Gabriel Jones being a high-ranking officer from the very beginning, but when a new subversive organization, the Secret Empire, was born, Jones single-handedly infiltrated it and dismantled it from the inside. Now enjoying the favorable opinion of the S.H.I.E.L.D. big names, Jones was ready to fight the likes of HYDRA and other world menaces.

Gabriel Jones is a carefree a cheerful man, despite war has somehow hardened his natural attitude. As a professional soldier and spy, Gabe is a skilled hand-to-hand combatant and a good marksman, whose weapon of choice is the machinegun; he’s also an excellent sharpshooter, and a good tactician. His main and most advanced skill, however, is his musical one, being one of the best trumpeters ever born. Loyal and honorable, Gabe Jones is one of Fury’s best friends and most trusted agents, a man who’s always ready to risk his life for his country and the ideals he believes in.

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  1. […] delicate for a country alone. Fury accepted, and enlisted his fellow Commandos Dum Dum Dugan and Gabe Jones as his personal assistants. While Fury was giving birth to S.H.I.E.L.D., Baron Von Strucker […]

  2. […] for the security of the Helicarrier, the floating headquarter. Along with another old Howler, Gabe Jones, Dum-Dum was among S.H.I.E.L.D.’s best operatives, and, above all, Fury’s most trusted […]


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