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Captain America #299: Review

Nov 1984
J. M. DeMatteis, Paul Neary

Story Name:

The Bunker

Review & Comments

4 stars

Captain America #299 Review by (April 25, 2015)
Comments: “Death of the Red Skull” part eight. Unexplained detail: why is Cap running loose in Skull House? Last we saw him, he and the Red Skull were about to fight to the death. Oddball detail: Cap runs past a small crystal cube containing Adolf Hitler (from SUPER-VILLAIN TEAM-UP #17). The Avengers involved are Scarlet Witch, Starfox, Vision, and Wasp; they end up not doing anything and they do not appear in the concluding issue of the story arc.

Review: The penultimate chapter of the storyline sees Cap and the Red Skull bickering throughout the issue while the other two top baddies engage in a goofy slugging match. I know it’s a 1980s comic book but this issue starts to get a little silly toward the end. Best moment: blowing up Skull House. “Ska-da-da doom!” indeed.


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Captain America #299 Synopsis by Peter Silvestro

In the bowels of Skull-House, escapees Falcon, Bernie Rosenthal, Nomad, and Arnie Roth are searching for an exit. What they don’t know is that the aging Captain America is looking for them. A mysterious door leads Cap right back to the Red Skull’s bunker. The elderly villain reveals that he has dosed the both of them with a deadly poison and they have three hours to live. The Skull tries to intensify Cap’s despair by showing him the prisoners—but they have escaped. Cap counts it a small victory.


Elsewhere Baron Zemo is filled with regrets for idolizing the Red Skull and obsessing over revenge against Cap. Mother Superior, embittered by her father’s rejection, attacks him….


Interludes: Dave Cox shows signs of coming out of his coma (issue #294-295). Telepathic Black Crow detects grim events in the air. The Avengers know something is wrong with Cap and head out to search for him….


The escaped prisoners emerge from a vent in Mother Superior’s church where they are attacked by the Sisters of Sin. Falcon and Nomad take on their foes while Bernie tries to protect the mind-broken Arnie. Suddenly Mother Superior and Baron Zemo, locked in combat, crash in through a high window. Mother defeats Zemo and heads off to seize the crown of evil from her father. Meanwhile, Cap and Red Skull continue to spar verbally—until the Skull hits a button that demolishes the house. The two longtime foes don their masks and have at it….

Paul Neary
Roy Richardson
Juliana Ferriter
Paul Neary (Cover Penciler)
Paul Neary (Cover Inker)
? (Cover Colorist)


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