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Captain America #294: Review

Jun 1984
J. M. DeMatteis, Paul Neary

Story Name:

The Measure of a Man

Review & Comments

4 stars

Captain America #294 Review by (March 28, 2015)
Comments: “Death of the Red Skull” part three. First appearance of the Sisters of Sin. ; Dave Cox survives and makes his final appearance in CAPTAIN AMERICA (2004) #49, where he and Sharon Carter get their aborted relationship all sorted out; at that time it’s Cap who is supposed to be dead, not Sharon.

Review: Another issue clarifying Captain America’s beliefs, as he gives a defense of pacifism and does a good (though incomplete) job of encouraging Dave Cox to stand up for his ideals. However, when Steve falls back on the old hero’s excuse that he can’t endanger his loved ones, Bernie roundly denounces his cop-out (hey, even Doc Savage realized it was just an excuse to avoid women). Way to go, Bernie! Plus the fight between Slayer and Nomad is very well done. And what a spooker of an ending!


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Captain America #294 Synopsis by Peter Silvestro

Captain America is down and Nomad faces the Slayer, pacifist Army vet Dave Cox under the enemy’s brainwashing. He has a difficult time because of his foe’s teleportation cloak which allows him to pluck weaponry out of another dimension. Cap awakens but is trapped in an invisible enclosure from which he can spy Baron Zemo and Mother Superior. Cap tries to talk sense into Dave and at the last minute as he is about to slay Nomad, he relents. Mother Superior sends waves of pain though Dave’ had to force him into a choice; he chooses: he refuses to kill and collapses into unconsciousness. The two villains fade out and the heroes rush Dave to the hospital. There Cap fills Nomad in on Baron Zemo (senior and junior) and they learn that Dave may die….


Mother Superior leads Zemo back to Skull House where in her church she introduces the Sisters of Sin: Sister Dream, Sister Pleasure, Sister Agony, and Sister Death. In his room, the Red Skull watches events and clobbers his servant Horst for talking to him like he is a child….


Cap, worrying about how his reflexes seem off (foreshadowing, folks) returns home for a meeting with his fiancée Bernie Rosenthal. He tells her he can’t marry her because her life would be in danger; she calls him on it, insisting all life is risk and it shouldn’t stop them from living. They make up and there is a ring at the door. A package is delivered—one containing the mask of the Red Skull….

Paul Neary
Eduardo Barreto
Bob Sharen
Paul Neary (Cover Penciler)
Joe Rubinstein (Cover Inker)
? (Cover Colorist)

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