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Captain America #218: Review

Feb 1978
Don Glut, Mike Esposito

Story Name:

One Day in Newfoundland!

Review & Comments

Rating:
4 stars

Captain America #218 Review by (September 13, 2011)
Review: Continuing Don Glut’s fill-in run on the title, this issue puts the Corporation plot on hold while shunting Cap off to Newfoundland to investigate some continuity errors in his icy exile. Clearly this has nothing to do with his “Search for Steve Rogers” since it was made clear the memory loss is of his life before his origin. It’s nice that Glut’s issues tie in to the theme of confusion over Cap’s past and in fact they are better than the actual “Search” when it arrives.

Comments: Part four of the ten-part story arc “The Search for Steve Rogers.” First appearance of Lyle Dekker; first brief appearance of the Ameridroid. Revelation: the super-strength from Viper’s injection in ish #157 has long since worn off. “Bonus, the peerless power of Iron Man!” says the cover but he only stands around talking to Cap for a few panels; seems to me that particular power has a lot of peers.



 

Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Captain America #218 Synopsis by Peter Silvestro

Captain America has met a mystery woman named Veda (actually an agent for the sinister Corporation) who claims to know about his missing past. As they head through the night, they are attacked by costumed thugs seeking to capture Veda. Cap easily whips them and asks the police to deliver them to SHIELD HQ. Cap is increasingly suspicious of Veda and her motives and takes her to Avengers Mansion. There she reveals how she knows so much about him: Agent R, the female agent who was present at his origin, was her mother, and she fell in love with Cap from hearing her mom’s stories about him. She reveals the existence of a diary…but they are interrupted by Iron Man, who embarrasses himself by mistaking her for Sharon Carter….

The real Sharon is at SHIELD Headquarters, moping over seeing Steve kissing Veda (last issue); she tracks down the Falcon, who is training the new Super-Agents. She confides in Sam, who tries to reassure her but it doesn’t work….

Iron Man tells Cap he is going to inspect the Avengers’ submarine for possible improvements; Cap decides to join him, asking Veda to stay behind. This is the same sub he was brought back to New York in after the Avengers discovered him floating in the water in AVENGERS #4, and he wonders if seeing it again could jar loose some lost memory of his past. He listens to the tape chronicling the events of that day and is startled to hear he was found off the coast of Newfoundland when all these years he was under the impression he had been pickup up in the North Sea, much closer to the English Channel, where the drone plane exploded and Bucky was killed. Cap has Iron Man fly him to Newfoundland and he drops to the ground in descent-bags. Switching to his Steve Rogers identity he wanders the island’s streets, with a nagging sense of familiarity. Late at night he spies a gang of masked men, similar to the ones who attacked Veda the night before (at the beginning of this issue) and follows them as Captain America. He pursues them to a pier where they are carrying boxes down through a trap door. Cap descends but is quickly spotted by the baddies; he beats them all down and is greeted by a sinister voice from the past. Former Nazi spy General Lyle Dekker informs him he has waited 30 years for Cap’s return, though the hero clearly does not remember being there before. Dekker then shows Cap what he has been working on all that time: a twelve-foot-tall android duplicate of Captain America….


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Mike Esposito
John Tartaglione
George Roussos
Sal Buscema (Cover Penciler)
Joe Sinnott (Cover Inker)
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Characters

Listed in Alphabetical Order.

Captain America
Captain America

(Steve Rogers)
Falcon
Falcon

(Sam Wilson)
Iron Man
Iron Man

(Tony Stark)
Quasar
Quasar

(Wendell Vaughn)

Plus: Ameridroid, Blue Streak, Jarvis (Edwin Jarvis), Lyle Dekker, Texas Twister, Vamp, Veda.