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Captain America: Sentinel of Liberty #10: Review

Mar 2023
?, Carmen Carnero

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[The Invader Part 4: Only for Control]

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4 stars

Captain America: Sentinel of Liberty #10 Review by (March 1, 2023)

Review: This issue features an impressive sequence as the Destroyer, Roger Aubrey, breaks MODOC’s mind control and fights back inside the monster’s brain and freeing his companions, both mentally and physically. It covers three double-page spreads and even includes an insight into his childhood and its ramifications in the present. All well and good as it follows the heroes’ individual neuroses but I found these vignettes hard to follow to the point of being enigmatic. This is a common problem I keep hitting in the latest Marvel runs: I have to read the next issue’s recap to understand everything in the previous issue and occasionally clarify my synopsis. And it’s not my fault as I’ve encountered this only in the last couple of years of Marvel reading so I suspect that some of the writers assume their storytelling is more lucid than it really is. Your mileage may vary but I’m letting the good and the bad in this issue even out to a four-star rating.

Comments: Written by Jackson Lanzing and Collin Kelly. Title supplied by reviewer.


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Captain America: Sentinel of Liberty #10 Synopsis by Peter Silvestro

At the bequest of The Power of the Outer Circle, MODOC, Mental Organism Designed Only for Control, has Captain America and his team under tight mental control, forcing them to relive their failures. Cap is asking Bucky not to shoot The Revolution—but he does….

Cap pleads with Sharon Carter to refrain from shooting a villain—but she does, doing Cap’s dirty work for him….

During the War, Roger Aubrey, the Destroyer, and Brian Falsworth, Union Jack, confess their love for one another and then the Nazis burst in and start shooting and the men escape but are separated….

In the Gulf War, Nick Fury Jr. is appalled at the senseless waste of life; MODOC points him to the callous commanders who put soldiers in harm’s way so Fury decides someone needs to be in charge of them…but MODOC questions whether Fury is the man for the job….

Redacted recalls his birth in a lab and his growing sense of humanity….

And Dryad, Peggy Carter, is revealed to be a double agent, secretly working for the Outer Circle. This explains why she refused to have Emma Frost search her mind, as it would have revealed her true allegiance. MODOC informs her that his largesse has expired and he searches her thoughts, showing her Sharon at 13 being injured by a firework….

The Power supervises the removal of the neganite reactor from Arnim Zola’s underground lab. He contacts the new Revolution, Winter Soldier, to gloat over his victory in the big Game….

The mind captives are told to begin again but Roger Aubrey refuses, offended that MODOC has taken on Brian’s face, and he fights back, his treatment by an abusive father and his rebellion, preparing him to fight. He crashes through into all of the other controlled minds, freeing them, and assaulting the giant MODOC and bring him down in reality as well. Roger tells MODOC to inform his masters that the Invaders are coming. The monster instead summons MODOK, Mental Organism Designed Only for Killing, and the newcomer fires his beams, burning Roger Aubrey alive….  

Carmen Carnero
Carmen Carnero
Nolan Woodard
Carmen Carnero (Cover Penciler)
Carmen Carnero (Cover Inker)
Alejandro Sanchez (Cover Colorist)
Letterer: Joe Caramagna.


Listed in Alphabetical Order.

Captain America
Captain America

(Steve Rogers)

(Roger Aubrey)

(Peggy Carter)
Nick Fury Jr.
Nick Fury Jr.

(Marcus Johnson)
Winter Soldier
Winter Soldier

(Bucky Barnes)

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