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Captain America #233: Review

May 1979
Roger McKenzie, Don Perlin

Story Name:

Cross Fire

Review & Comments

Rating:
3.5 stars

Captain America #233 Review by (December 28, 2013)
Review: Don’t know what to say about this issue: the story moves forward, there’s a lot of action and mystery (who is that stalker in Steve’s apartment?) and a minimum of silly—other than Cap flirting with the abrasive nurse at the hospital. Okay tale.

Comments: Part three of six. Last appearance of Sharon Carter until issue #445 (November 1995). As far as I can tell, the mystery spy in Steve’s apartment (seen briefly last issue as well) never shows up again.



 

Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Captain America #233 Synopsis by Peter Silvestro

On a Harlem street, Captain America is caught between the forces of gang boss Morgan and his gunmen and the fanatical National Force—one of whom is the brainwashed Sharon Carter. Cap tries for a peaceful resolution but neither side will listen to reason; Cap’s only recourse is to fight both gangs to distract them from killing each other. Soon the National Guard arrives to restore order but when the commander tries to take Cap into custody, Cap disarms him and heads off. Not far away, the captive National Force gang members kill themselves with a touch of their belts; Cap tries to learn whether Sharon was one of them but no one can tell him….

Realizing that his only lead now is Peggy Carter, Cap heads to the hospital. As he passes his apartment, he is spied by a mysterious villain hiding inside who has just concluded that Captain America is Steve Rogers. Cap arrives at the hospital to discover that Peggy has been discharged and taken away—by a Dr Steven Rogers. Confused, Cap heads to the address listed, where the villainous mastermind Dr Faustus and the insecure Grand Director are setting a trap. Cap enters the building to be greeted by a robot double of Sharon Carter firing a machine gun; he destroys it, evades a booby-trapped elevator, then confronts illusions of the Red Skull and MODOK to come face-to-face with Dr Faustus. The villain easily punches out the hero who has finally succumbed to Faustus’ mind-gas—and the Grand Director unmasks as…Steve Rogers….


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Don Perlin
Don Perlin
Nel Yomtov
Keith Pollard (Cover Penciler)
Al Milgrom (Cover Inker)
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Characters

Listed in Alphabetical Order.

Captain America
Captain America

(Steve Rogers)

Plus: Grand Director, National Force, Peggy Carter.