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Captain America #243: Review

Mar 1980
Roger McKenzie, Don Perlin

Story Name:

The Lazarus Conspiracy!

Review & Comments

Rating:
4 stars

Captain America #243 Review by (April 18, 2014)
Review: Cap meets Frankenstein, sort of. Some standard superheroing leads into a weird and wild mad scientist plot and ends with Cap facing a monster. Heavy use of black areas in the second half of the story give this issue a dark and sinister mood that sets it apart from most others. Not a great story but quite well done.

Comments: Part one of two. The cover says, “And Now Adonis!” Fitting, since the story was postponed for two issues. The Master Matrix was at the courthouse as part of a government inquiry into SHIELD activities.



 

Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Captain America #243 Synopsis by Peter Silvestro
Captain America goes against a gang of orange-clad criminals who are attempting to steal the Master Matrix (the device SHIELD uses to create Life Model Decoys) from the courthouse. Cap tries to keep the baddies away from the innocent bystanders but this allows the gang to carry the Matrix away in a helicopter. Knocking down the last crook, Cap runs across the rooftops and intercepts the copter, hitching a ride on the bottom. The copter heads to the headquarters of Cameron Electronics; the head, Eric Cameron, is an evil old man hooked to myriad machines to keep his dying body alive. He wants the Matrix in order to create a new immortal body for himself, which he intends to be an Adonis. What he doesn’t know is that his bitter son Brady is scheming against him to gain control of the company. Cameron’s scientists create an artificial body in the Matrix and transplant the old man’s brain into it; all it needs is an electrical charge. Brady increases the voltage to create an overload. Captain America, having dodged guards and security cameras in the building, arrives and tries to stop Brady but he is too late. The device overloads and explodes and Eric Cameron emerges from the flames, his "perfect" body a burned and twisted monster….

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