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Captain America: Sentinel of Liberty #6: Review

Feb 1999
Mark Waid, Ron Garney

Story Name:

Iron Will

Review & Comments

Rating:
3 stars

Captain America: Sentinel of Liberty #6 Review by (September 13, 2010)
Comments: Story 3: Illustrations come from the original story and Steranko’s cover to CAPTAIN AMERICA Vol. 1 #111. Story 4: The story of the Revolutionary-era Captain America was first revealed briefly in CAPTAIN AMERICA Vol. 1 #193-200.



 

Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Captain America: Sentinel of Liberty #6 Synopsis by Peter Silvestro
Hypnotized by alien invaders, Iron Man pursues Captain America through the streets of New York, intent to kill. Shellhead fires his Repulsor Rays and Cap deflects them with his shield to destroy one of the enemy robots. Cap leads Iron Man away from the crowds with acrobatic daring, taken aback when the vacant lots he remembered from twenty years earlier are now a superhighway. Cap leaps into the air and grapples with his pursuer, steering Iron Man into a barrel of tar at a work site. While Shellhead is confused, he uses his shield to shred Iron Man’s Repulsor Rays but is seized by the leader robot and hypnotized as well. It orders Cap to hurl his shield to see if it can shatter Iron Man’s armor. Cap flings it, misses and it ricochets off several surfaces to smash the robot’s chest. As Iron Man snaps out of the enemy’s spell, Cap explains to the dying robot that the thought of Earth giving in to tyranny forced him to overcome the hypnosis and fight for his planet. Iron Man tells Cap that he now realizes Captain America is not a relic of the past but can stand up to any modern threat and welcomes him to the Avengers.

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Story #2

Double Danger

Writer: Mark Waid. Penciler: Dougie Braithwaite. Inker: Robin Riggs. Colorist: Kevin Tinsley.

Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Captain America is battling the inmates of the asylum’s violent ward released by the Chameleon so he can escape with his prisoner Randall Jefferson. Cap is trying not to hurt any of the patients, though they have no scruples about attempting to kill him. Cap uses his acrobatic skills to leap clear of the psychotic mob and manages to get Jefferson away from his captor. At this point Cap realizes that Jefferson is not insane but a telepath, panicking at the storm of information in his head and overwhelming Cap with his broadcast. Chameleon slugs Cap from behind, seizes Jefferson and makes it to his escape copter. Cap follows and, with a mighty leap, catches hold of the copter’s landing struts. Entering the craft he sees two Jeffersons before him; his foe has pulled this trick to slow Cap down long enough for the pilot to shoot him in the back. Cap thinks the word, "Duck" which only a telepath could pick up: the real Jefferson ducks and Cap clobbers Chameleon and the pilot. Later, as Jefferson is getting help from SHIELD’s scientists, Nick Fury explains that the man’s latent mutant abilities were unlocked by being in close proximity to SHIELD’s telepaths; with his mind opened to the Federal Ethernet, the sudden influx of classified intel threatened to drive him mad. Fury thanks Cap for his handling of the mission.


Story #3

American Life: The Sordid Story of Captain America's First Non-Appearance

Writer: Polly Watson.

Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Text article takes a wry look at the comic classic STRANGE TALES #114, wherein the Human Torch faces a Captain America impostor.


Story #4

Come the Revolution

Writer: Roger Stern. Penciler: Ron Frenz. Inker: Roger Langridge. Colorist: Tom Smith.

Synopsis / Summary / Plot

1781: Captain Steven Rogers of the Continental Army is facing British aristocrat Sir William Taurey in a duel at dawn. His mind goes back to how his path led him to this pass. Five years earlier he had been a humble blacksmith; when a British soldier cheated him out of payment, he appealed to the passing William Taurey for justice and was rebuffed. When word came that the colonies had declared independence, Steven and his friends joined the fight—but a stranger named Ulysses Bloodstone warned them that democracy inevitably spawns a new dictatorship. Steven disagreed, voicing the belief that America will be different, a nation that will hold to its ideal. As the war progressed, Steven distinguished himself in the Continental Army, rising to the rank of Captain. Recently Steven was assigned to unmask a traitor to the patriot cause, requiring him to go undercover in the home of the spy’s contact, loyalist William Taurey. At a masked ball at Taurey’s home, Steven watched as the aristocrat had his nephew dress in a red, white, and blue uniform, and calling himself Captain Yankee Doodle, Andrew parodied the patriots as buffoons. When Taurey was called to a secret meeting of loyalists, Steven stole the Yankee Doodle costume and infiltrated the meeting as Taurey’s nephew….

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Ron Garney
Dan Green
Jean Segarra-Rosa
Ron Garney (Cover Penciler)


Characters

Listed in Alphabetical Order.

Captain America
Captain America

(Steve Rogers)
Human Torch
Human Torch

(Johnny Storm)
Iron Man
Iron Man

(Tony Stark)

Plus: Captain America (Revolutionary War), Ulysses Bloodstone, William Taurey.