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Captain America: Forever Allies #4: Review

Nov 2010
Roger Stern, Nick Dragotta

Story Name:

In the Hall of the Gods

Review & Comments

Rating:
3 stars

Captain America: Forever Allies #4 Review by (November 17, 2010)
Review: Nice wrap-up to the miniseries: nothing particularly deep or memorable just a well-crafted, entertaining story.

Comments: The history of the Celestials was revealed in THE ETERNALS; Sersi, a Celestial herself, was the source of the Avengers’ information. Black Widow’s exclamation on page 6 translates roughly as “Damn this!”



 

Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Captain America: Forever Allies #4 Synopsis by Peter Silvestro

1943: The Young Allies, hypnotized by Lady Lotus and sent to bomb Muroc Army Air Field, have recovered from the trance and are trying to formulate a plan to stop her evil scheme….

Now, many decades later, Captain America, the former Bucky Barnes, is still looking for a way to stop Lady Lotus. His ally Texas Jack Muldoon has refueled his plane for pursuit of the foe and contacted Black Widow. The Widow has researched Avengers’ files and believes that Lotus’ gem is an artifact of the Celestials who visited Earth millions of years ago. The tracking device hidden in the villainess’ plane leads Cap to the Andes where Lady Lotus has found the Celestial Temple, location of the matching gem which will give her unstoppable power. As Cap flies overhead, she causes his plane to break apart in midair and gently levitates him to the ground. She takes control of his mind and orders him to follow her into the temple to achieve her destiny….

In 1943, the Young Allies return to Lotus and, pretending they are still under her spell, report that their mission was a success. Toro’s absence is explained by claiming he was killed in the attack. A messenger arrives by motorbike with an urgent communiqué; he is really Toro in disguise and seizes on the distraction of the message to flame on. A struggle to seize the gem from Lotus results in her triggering an earthquake to destroy her enemies. Toro fires a flame bolt, knocking the gem out of her hand and it is lost down a crevice….

Inside the temple, Lotus orders the enthralled Cap to remove the gem from the wall; he does so, nimbly evading the booby traps. As he presents the gem to the villainess, he suddenly crushes it in his cyber-hand, revealing he was never hypnotized. Her original gem floats away from her and lodges itself in the second gem’s setting on the wall. As the entire temple starts to collapse, Cap seizes his foe and carries her to safety, protected by his shield. She manages to slug Cap and escape—into the arms of the Falcon, who has arrived with the Black Widow and Texas Jack.

In the aftermath of the 1943 battle, Lotus gets away but her gem is lost to her. Bucky vows that if she shows up again, they will stop her….

Decades later, Cap explains to the Widow how, before he accepted the mantle of Captain America, he asked Tony Stark and SHIELD to rewire his brain, to prevent anyone from ever controlling him again. He—and the spirits of the Young Allies—can now rest easier, knowing that he has finally closed their last open case.


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Nick Dragotta
Marco Santucci
Andrew Crossley
Lee Weeks (Cover Penciler)
Lee Weeks (Cover Inker)
Dean White (Cover Colorist)


Characters

Listed in Alphabetical Order.

Black Widow
Black Widow

(Natasha Romanoff)
Captain America
Captain America

(James "Bucky" Barnes)
Captain America
Captain America

(Steve Rogers)
Falcon
Falcon

(Sam Wilson)
Iron Man
Iron Man

(Tony Stark)
Toro
Toro

(Thomas Raymond)

Plus: Lady Lotus, Texas Jack Muldoon, Young Allies.