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Captain America #231: Review

Mar 1979
Roger McKenzie, Don Perlin

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3.5 stars

Captain America #231 Review by (December 7, 2013)
Review: This issue spends a lot of time wrapping up the previous arc (“Search for the Falcon”) before getting to the new story. The purpose: to begin distancing Cap from SHIELD to set him up in a new life apart from his role as Captain America. Thus we have a pair of hostile encounters with SHIELD personnel to cause Steve to rethink his close relationship with the spy agency. They will still appear from time to time after this story arc but Cap won’t be so heavily tied to it (the situation will be reversed later, most notably in Ed Brubaker’s run).

Comments: Part one of six. Sharon Carter and the villainous National Force appear only in Peggy’s story.


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Captain America #231 Synopsis by Peter Silvestro

Having been rescued from the villains’ clutches by Captain America (in INCREDIBLE HULK #232), the Falcon takes leave of his former partner with thanks. As SHIELD agents clean up the Corporation base, Cap comes upon an Agent abusing and threatening the traitorous Super-Agent known as the Vamp, whose mind was burned out in the climactic battle. Cap rebukes the Agent and destroys his weapon then has to stand up to a team of his hostile compatriots; Cap gently takes the Vamp with him back to New York. Back at SHIELD HQ, Cap is berated by Lt Stanford of Internal Security over the incident and told he is a security hazard. Disgusted with this treatment, Cap heads back to his apartment (trashed by a Volkswagen back in issue #222) and decides he needs some changes in his life…..

The next day he stops by the office of Sam (Falcon) Wilson where he finds Peggy Carter, who has been trying to get in touch with him. Peggy tells him of the National Force, a fanatical right-wing organization preaching a racist message. Peggy reveals that her sister Sharon was in the audience working with the police. A hostile crowd stood up to the bigots—then suddenly everyone in the crowd was overcome by madness and hate, including Sharon, and a riot broke out. Now she wants Cap to investigate the National Force; he agrees but wants Peggy to stay safely out of the way. He heads off to Sharon’s rescue but as Peggy gets into her car, two National Force goons step from an alley open fire with laser weapons—and Peggy’s car explodes….

Don Perlin
Don Perlin
Bob Sharen
Keith Pollard (Cover Penciler)
Al Milgrom (Cover Inker)
? (Cover Colorist)


Listed in Alphabetical Order.

Captain America
Captain America

(Steve Rogers)

(Sam Wilson)

Plus: Grand Director, National Force, Peggy Carter, Vamp.

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