Captain America: Return of the Asthma Monster #1: Review

Jan 1989
Howard Mackie, Mark Bagley

Story Name:

The Return of the Asthma Monster

Review & Comments

3 stars

Captain America: Return of the Asthma Monster #1 Review by (October 29, 2018)

Review: It is what it is (same as the last one): another nicely put together educational pamphlet for kids who may have been diagnosed with the ailment (like my son). This comic has a very specific purpose and it meets its goal better than could be expected.

Comments: A free giveaway comic book “compliments of your physician and Allen and Hanburys.” Allen and Hanburys was the respiratory division of the parent company Glaxo. Inside front cover provides a summary of CAPTAIN AMERICA MEETS THE ASTHMA MONSTER. The back cover features an asthma-related crossword puzzle.


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Captain America: Return of the Asthma Monster #1 Synopsis by Peter Silvestro

The Asthma Monster escapes from prison with the help of his Allergen Gang of furry little creatures who have smuggled his costume and Aller-Gun to him. He gives the Warden a message: he is seeking revenge against Captain America and John and Ruth, the two kids who helped Cap catch him....

John and Ruth are at school and discover their friend Davey is having trouble breathing and suggest he be checked for asthma. Captain America arrives to lecture the kid on the condition and (with his mother) takes him to the doctor. Diagnosis: yes, Davey has asthma and it can be controlled. Cap then tells John and Ruth about the Asthma Monster's escape and threat and intends to escort them home....

Arriving at John's house they find the front door open; they enter and the villain suddenly teleports in and shoots Cap with his Aller-Gun, forcing the hero to use his inhaler. Asthma Monster explains that he has John's parents prisoners upstairs to test his new super allergen on as part of his plan to make everyone on Earth into incurable asthmatics so he would be the only healthy one. The villain teleports out, leaving Cap and company to make their way upstairs, battling the Allergen Gang, each one representing the various triggers for asthma: Rugburn (tobacco smoke), Dust Dragon (dust in vents), Feather Boa (feathers), Furball (pet hair), Mold Patrol (mold and pollen), and finally Allergen Al (all of them); by this time the doctor has joined them in the final confrontation with Asthma Monster. Cap punches the Monster's lights out and the doctor tells the baddie his asthma can be controlled....

Months later, Cap and the kids meet Daniel Tyler, no longer the Asthma Monster but an ordinary person living a full life helped by medication.

Mark Bagley
Kim DeMulder
Paul Becton
Mark Bagley (Cover Penciler)
Kim DeMulder (Cover Inker)
? (Cover Colorist)
Letterer: Janice Chiang.


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