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Captain America #122: Review

Feb 1970
Stan Lee, Gene Colan

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The Sting of the Scorpion!

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3 stars

Captain America #122 Review by (February 15, 2010)
A rare appearance of a Spider-Man villain in this title.


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Captain America #122 Synopsis by Peter Silvestro
A brooding Captain America walks the streets, weary of his endless battle against evil and the changing attitudes of his country, now cynical about patriotism. He goes home to slam down his shield, pull off his mask and wonder where he can find his soul. Unable to resolve his dilemma, he falls into a fitful sleep where he is troubled by dreams of Sharon Carter in danger from A.I.M. assassins. In another part of town, the leader of a spy ring is informed that SHIELD is on their trail, ready to close in when their Agent Thirteen gives the word; the boss has already hired an out-of-town specialist to eliminate her. A restless Steve Rogers goes out early in the morning and is attacked by the Scorpion, who is testing his powers against a random stranger. Steve swings at his enemy only to slam his fist into a wall, enabling the Scorpion to knock him cold. The sudden arrival of the police prevents the villain from stealing the briefcase containing Steve’s Captain America outfit. Steve dashes back to his hotel to don his costume, then searches the city for his foe. In a surprisingly short time, Cap spots his quarry getting into a car and follows him in a cab to a wooded area near a walled estate. The Scorpion turns out to be the hit man hired to kill Sharon and he has just trailed her to this location. Cap (who doesn't see Sharon) sends the cabbie to SHIELD HQ with a summons for help and he attacks the Scorpion. After a wild battle, Cap knocks him unconscious with a springing tree branch. In the meantime, Sharon has been captured by the spies and is bound and gagged in the cellar. Cap bursts into the mansion and routs the enemy. SHIELD arrives and Nick Fury hustles Cap out of the building before Sharon can call out to him. On his way back to the city Cap wonder if Sharon has forgotten him.

Gene Colan
Joe Sinnott
Gene Colan (Cover Penciler)


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