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Captain America #194: Review

Feb 1976
Jack Kirby, Jack Kirby

Story Name:

The Trojan Horde

Review & Comments

2 stars

Captain America #194 Review by (June 21, 2010)
Review: Kirby’s return to his earliest creation is a ridiculous affair. Instead of the usual mad adrenaline rush, we get an interesting plot marred by absurd episodes, silly dialogue, bizarre characterization, and heavy-handed thematics. What a disappointment.

Comments: “The Madbomb”: part two of eight. “Taurey” and “Heshin” deliberately sound like Tory and Hessian, terms for the colonists loyal to Britain during the Revolution and their German mercenary troops, respectively. Subtle, Jack! The details of the Revolutionary duel between Steven Rogers and William Taurey are revealed in CAPTAIN AMERICA, SENTINEL OF LIBERTY #6-7.


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Captain America #194 Synopsis by Peter Silvestro
To prepare for their mission to uncover the source of the Madbombs, Captain America and the Falcon are subjected to brain-blasts designed to render them immune to the sinister weapons. Meanwhile, mastermind William Taurey explains to his military commander General Heshin that he seeks to obliterate American democracy and return the nation to an aristocracy such as prevailed when it was a set of British colonies. His motive? To avenge the killing of his ancestor in a duel by Captain Steven Rogers of the Continental Army, and part of his revenge will include tracking down and murdering Rogers’ sole descendant, the WW2-era weakling, Steve, who has been missing for thirty years (ha!). Elsewhere, an undercover Steve and Sam fly out to the barren area where numerous SHIELD agents have disappeared on the same mission. Their plane is brought down when it crashes into a giant and lands amidst an expanse of foam-rubber boulders. They are confronted by (normal-sized) guards and, after a brief but intense scuffle, are knocked out by a mindwave blast. Taken into an underground complex, headquarters of the Royalist Forces of America, they awaken to find themselves penned with a mob of freaks and monsters, who turn out to be the missing SHIELD agents after a trip to the "Treatment Room." Steve and Sam change into their hero costumes and take action to end this operation....

Jack Kirby
Mike Esposito
Janice Cohen
Jack Kirby (Cover Penciler)
Frank Giacoia (Cover Inker)


Listed in Alphabetical Order.

Captain America
Captain America

(Steve Rogers)

(Sam Wilson)

Plus: William Taurey.

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