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Captain America #190: Review

Oct 1975
Tony Isabella, Frank Robbins

Story Name:

Nightshade is Deadlier the Second Time Around!

Review & Comments

3 stars

Captain America #190 Review by (January 5, 2011)
Comments: Part two of a two-part story. Nightshade says she was born in 1957, making her only 18 at the time of this story. The Wild Bill robot first appeared in STRANGE TALES #142.


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Captain America #190 Synopsis by Peter Silvestro
Captain America and his still-amnesiac partner the Falcon find themselves surrounded by the male SHIELD agents whose minds are under the control of Nightshade. She announces her plans to use the security agency to conquer the nation and offers to make Cap her king. He refuses and asks how she survived her fatal leap from the castle wall in issue #164; she reveals that it was a planned escape: she opened a secret hatch in the ground by remote control and plunged into water and swam away as the door slid shut behind her (her werewolf followers were expendable). She then turns her attention to the Falcon but when Cap pushes her away she order the enthralled SHIELD men to attack. Falcon responds by instinctively working in tandem with Cap to make their getaway, as the captive Contessa also flips her guard and heads off. Cap and the Falcon come face-to-face with the security robot "Wild Bill" with its guns a-blazing. Again, Falcon subconsciously orders Redwing to distract he deadly machine, allowing Cap to destroy it with his shield. At this point Nightshade and her mind-slaves catch up to the heroes, resulting in a heroic stand against the high-tech weaponry of the agents. An energy blast hits the Falcon, restoring his memory—and the realization that he is two men in one body. Meanwhile, the Contessa has studied Nightshade’s file and discovered her weakness; she broadcasts a message to Cap to come to the solarium. The heroes fight their way to that room pursued by the enemy. When they are all assembled, the Contessa turns on direct sunlight, breaking the mind control spell on the SHIELD agents. The villainess is taken prisoner and the Falcon now knows that the Red Skull did not lie: he is both gangster Snap Wilson and the hero Sam Wilson…and that Snap can be sent to prison for life.

Frank Robbins
Vince Colletta
Michelle Wolfman
Gil Kane (Cover Penciler)
Joe Sinnott (Cover Inker)


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