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Captain America #304: Review

Apr 1985
Michael Carlin, Paul Neary

Story Name:

Undercover of the Night

Review & Comments

3.5 stars

Captain America #304 Review by (June 14, 2015)
Comments: Part three of three. Nomad’s glove is colored red instead of yellow in the center panel of the last page. I’m writing this up while waiting for 2015’s big event SECRET WARS (III) to begin and what do I see on the Bullpen page but the hype for the final issue of the original SECRET WARS! Well, I thought it was interesting. Oh yeah, and I’m posting it on Flag Day. That’s probably worth remarking on.

Review: After a mediocre cover (Cap looks stupid and slackjawed while his foe is hard to make out through the excessive whatever that is spraying across the cover) but the splash page brings us right into the action with a portrait of a hard-charging Cap. An okay wrap-up to the arc with Cap and Nomad finally getting coordinated and Cap battles a new “Iron Man.” It’s just not as cool as the issues that immediately preceded it.


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Captain America #304 Synopsis by Peter Silvestro

A determined Captain America is on the trail of the villains who stole his shield, Batroc having told him that Obadiah Stane was behind it (last issue). He stops by SHIELD headquarters and is startled by the new increased security systems. Nick Fury greets him and Cap explains he is looking for Dr Myron McLain (creator of his shield) to make him a temporary one. Contacting Dr. McLain at his home Cap and Fury discover he has been kidnapped; Cap devises a scheme to get into Stane International….


Meanwhile, at the Stane plant, henchman Arons is pressuring Dr. McLain to finish up his work. When Arons is distracted, McLain tries to pour molten metal on him but the baddie grabs Cap’s shield and protects himself. He angrily orders McLain to the task of coating an old suit of armor with the recreated alloy that the shield is composed of….


Cap, in disguise as an Australian munitions dealer, has an appointment with Obadiah Stane as a pretext for entering the building. Outside, Nomad takes on a cadre of security guards to make a distraction. When Stane is called away, Steve resumes his Captain America guise and heads for the lab where he discovers the kidnapped doctor and the scheme to recreate his shield’s alloy. Arons hastily dons the newly treated armor and attacks Cap who is at a loss without his shield. The villain grows more confident as Cap picks up one shield duplicate after another and finds them useless as a weapon. Nomad enters to snatch McLain from danger and the scientist tosses Cap his real shield—which splits the new armor open with a single blow. Realizing they could never prove anything against Stane, Cap, Nomad, and Dr, McLain head for home.

Paul Neary
Dennis Janke
Ken Feduniewicz
Paul Neary (Cover Penciler)
Paul Neary (Cover Inker)
? (Cover Colorist)


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