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Captain America #352: Review

Apr 1989
Mark Gruenwald, Kieron Dwyer

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3.5 stars

Captain America #352 Review by (October 27, 2013)
Review: Unremarkable tale is overstuffed with guest characters which makes it seem a bit confusing—plus three big fight scenes? Too much—and the next issue takes it a step further by moving Cap to Russia….

Comments: Part one of a two-part story. The Soviet Super-Soldiers were introduced in INCREDIBLE HULK #258; this issue is the first appearance of the Supreme Soviets and the third Red Guardian, though this Crimson Dynamo (the fifth, Dmitri Bukharin) had appeared earlier. Letters page includes a missive from future comics writer Scott Tipton.


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Captain America #352 Synopsis by Peter Silvestro

On Avengers Island, Captain America is overseeing the audition of a quartet of aspiring Avengers—Speedball, Blue Shield, Gladiatrix, and Mechanaut—and he finds them wanting. He is called away by a report of incoming visitors. But the three Soviet Super Soldiers (Darkstar, Vanguard, Ursa Major) land on another part of the island and the wannabe Avengers assume this is a test and do battle with the invaders. Cap arrives to break up the fight and learns the Soviets want to defect to America….

Meanwhile, the Commission on Superhuman Activities learns that John Walker’s body was claimed by his sister, explaining its mysterious disappearance, and Battle StarLemar Hoskins—declines a position with the government, choosing to return home to Chicago….
Cap is called away to investigate a mystery in Maine. The Soviet Super Soldiers, givein rooms on the island, are summoned by Captain America to the training facility where their powers are to be tested in combat with Cap, Iron Man, Thor, and the Vision. The melee becomes increasingly brutal and the Russian heroes realize too late that their opponents are not the real Avengers but the villainous Supreme Soviets (Red Guardian, Crimson Dynamo, Fantasia, Sputnik) disguised by Fantasia’s magic; they then escape the island under cloak of invisibility. Cap returns from the wild goose chase to find the defecting heroes in critical condition….

Kieron Dwyer
Al Milgrom
Bob Sharen
Kieron Dwyer (Cover Penciler)
Al Milgrom (Cover Inker)
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Listed in Alphabetical Order.

Captain America
Captain America

(Steve Rogers)
Iron Man
Iron Man

(Tony Stark)

(Edwin Jarvis)
Red Guardian
Red Guardian

(Alexi Shostakov)

(Robbie Baldwin)

Ursa Major
Ursa Major

(Mikhail Uriokovitch Ursus)

Plus: Battle Star, Blue Shield, Commission on Superhuman Affairs, Crimson Dynamo (Anton Vanko), Fantasia, Gladiatrix, Mechanaut, Michael O'Brien, Peggy Carter, Perun (Lord of the Storm), President Ronald Reagan, Soviet Super-Soldiers, Sputnik, Supreme Soviets, Valerie Cooper, Vanguard.

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