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Captain America #329: Review

May 1987
Mark Gruenwald, Paul Neary

Story Name:

Movers and Monsters

Review & Comments

Rating:
3.5 stars

Captain America #329 Review by (September 27, 2015)
Comments: Part two of four parts. All of the henchmen in this issue are named after either cast members of the television show "SCTV" or characters portrayed on the show. Specifically, they are Rick Moranis, Joe Flaherty; Eugene Levy, Harold Ramis, Earl Cannonbear, Catherine O'Hara, Martin (Marty) Short and Floyd Robertson / Count Floyd (Thanks to the Grand Comics Database for this info). FBI agents Farber and McNulty are named Jake and Elwood after the Blues Brothers (and drawn to slightly resemble them too); they will show up off and on for a while. The letters column is devoted to a single letter from one Carmela Merlo explaining why Cap’s killing of the terrorist in #321 was not murder or even manslaughter.

Review: Well, Cap looks spooked on that cover because of that Ghastly Graham Ingels thing going on but it’s only the climax of the issue. The bulk of it is devoted to a gang fight—actually two gang fights, one with Cap and one with D-Man, both against a gang of strong but unremarkable dudes. This Power Broker plotline, while a great idea (creating superheroes for the wrestling world), it is not one of the more interesting but Dennis/D-Man is quite a likeable character, even if not inspired. The weak art (Colletta inking) drags the issue down. Mostly killing time waiting for the classic story to begin in a mere three issues. But the cover is really cool.



 

Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Captain America #329 Synopsis by Peter Silvestro

Searching the Power Broker’s lab facility, Captain America and his new ally D-Man (with the captive Dr Karl Malus in tow) uncover the huge boiler room. Thinking they would be there a while, D-Man went out to get food; while he is gone, a team of moving men dispatched by the Power Broker arrives to clean up the mess. Knocking Malus unconscious with a pinch to an artery, Cap hides him and swiftly attacks the two soldiers who have entered the room. Realizing these men also have augmented strength, Cap uses his agility to get the better of them. Then the rest of the gang arrives, summoned by the guys Cap is fighting….

Interlude: FBI agents Farber and McNulty, looking for Captain America, come to Avengers Mansion (largely deserted since AVENGERS #273-277). With no answer at the door, they sneak in—and are seized by mechanical tentacles and held fast for hours. Eventually Captain Marvel (Photon) arrives and, once she verifies their identities, releases them. But they won’t tell her why they want Cap….

D-Man returns to the lab and discovers that the place has been invaded. Taking down the lookout he crashes their truck into the entrance which brings half the guys fighting Cap upstairs to investigate. Tiring of trying to best Cap, the rest of the thugs leave and move a heavy piece of machinery against the door, trapping Cap inside the boiler room. Upstairs the gang overpowers D-Man and resumes removing all the equipment for the lab; when they are finished, they depart, taking the unconscious D-Man with them. Downstairs, Cap and Malus search for a way out, eventually discovering the entrance to a sewer; Malus balks because that’s where they disposed of all the failed subjects of the augmentation process and the place will be full of monsters, but it’s their only hope. Elsewhere, D-Man is turned over to the Power Broker for experimentation; Cap is attacked by a band of failed augments….


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Paul Neary
John Beatty
Ken Feduniewicz
Mike Zeck (Cover Penciler)
John Beatty (Cover Inker)
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