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Captain America #295: Review

Jul 1984
J. M. DeMatteis, Paul Neary

Story Name:

The Centre Cannot Hold

Review & Comments

4 stars

Captain America #295 Review by (March 28, 2015)
Comments: “Death of the Red Skull” part four. The titles of this and the next issue come from “The Second Coming” by W.B. Yeats, which explains the British spelling of “centre.”

Review: A guilt-ridden Cap is a shocking sight to behold—and somewhat out of character but it’s a moving sequence, affording the writer an opportunity to provide some perspective for any readers going through tough times (it’s called bibliotherapy). And the battle between the heroes and the Sisters of Sin is quite well-done, moody and atmospheric as well as being exciting. All-in-all a cool issue.


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Captain America #295 Synopsis by Peter Silvestro

A guilt-ridden Captain America sits by the hospital bed of his friend Dave Cox, who was brainwashed by his enemies into becoming the villainous Slayer (last 2 issues); Dave’s wife Julie comforts Cap, not blaming him for Dave’s fate and counseling him to hang on. Elsewhere, Cap’s old friend Arnie Roth is carried off though the walls by Mother Superior and Baron Zemo. Later, Steve Rogers is concerned about the warning sent to Bernie Rosenthal by the Red Skull; she responds that he is looking older too. Steve finds a message on his answering machine from Arnie Roth and rushes over there to find Arnie seriously injured with a skull shape burned into the wall. “Arnie" turns out to be a mechanical dummy which delivers a message summoning Captain America to a meeting with the Red Skull before it dissolves….


At Skull House, Horst has died as a result of the beating Red Skull gave him last issue. The master villain has dispatched Mother Superior on a mission and must now speak to Baron Zemo alone….


That night, Cap and Nomad arrive at Skull House and enter the church where they are attacked by the Sisters of Sin: Sister Dream causing them to see images of friends instead of their foes, Sister Death, huge and brutal, Sister Agony wielding poisoned talons, and Sister Pleasure who can bring any man under her spell. Cap falls under the power of Dream and Nomad is able to rescue him. The sisters vanish and Cap faces Zemo, rushing recklessly into battle and beating down his enemy—who turns out to be Arnie Roth in disguise. They are then trapped by the sudden dropping of a metal door….


Epilogue: Wasp and Starfox of the Avengers arrive at Bernie’s apartment as Cap asked them to…just as she is carried off by Mother Superior….

Paul Neary
Brett Breeding
Bob Sharen
Bob Budiansky (Cover Penciler)
Joe Sinnott (Cover Inker)
? (Cover Colorist)


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