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Captain America #361: Review

Nov 1989
Mark Gruenwald, Kieron Dwyer

Story Name:

Lair of the Living Mummy

Review & Comments

Rating:
5 stars

Captain America #361 Review by (December 9, 2011)
Review: See issue #358 for full reviews.

Comments: Part five of the six-part “The Bloodstone Hunt.” The Living Mummy originally appeared in Marvel’s SUPERNATURAL THRILLERS #5, 7-15.




 

Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Captain America #361 Synopsis by Peter Silvestro

As they explore a tomb in Egypt in search of the next fragment of the Bloodstone, Captain America and Diamondback are suddenly dropped into a pit full of poisonous snakes. Cap twists in midair so that he was able to land on his feet and catch Diamond before she hit the floor. He then tosses her to safety while his chainmail uniform protects him from the serpents’ bites and scorpions’ stings. Cap leaps and Diamond catches his hand to pull him out but the sudden weight dislocates her shoulder. Cap pops it back for her but the pain causes her to lose consciousness. Cap turns away to recover his shield but when he turns back, his compatriot is gone.

Meanwhile, Baron Zemo and company have arrived at the Pyramids. The Nazi sends Batroc and his gang to the tomb to recover the fragment. As they take positions to ambush Captain America when he emerges, Batroc explains to his confused henchmen that he rescued Cap from the sharks (last issue) merely to gain an escape route for themselves. Down in the tomb, Cap discovers a piece of mummy wrapping outside a solid wall. A search uncovers a hidden doorway and Cap forces his way through to find an enormous living mummy hunched over the unconscious Diamondback. Cap attacks and discovers that this mummy is not only fast, it is superstrong. For all his agility Cap is easily overmatched and the mummy gets his throat in a death grip. Diamond’s sudden awakening distracts the mummy enough for Cap to jab his shield into its windpipe. Rushing to Diamond’s side he finds that the mummy’s ancient herbal remedies have healed Diamond’s injuries, even the sai wound received in Bermuda (last issue). Cap and the mummy come to a truce, and Diamond, who knows Egyptian through her association with the Asp (!) translates. The mummy, N’Kantu, explains that the Bloodstone will restore him to life and he had sensed that Diamond had been in contact with more pieces of it. Cap persuades the mummy to let him have this fragment and he will return it later, with all the others….

Outside, as Baron Zemo tends to the wounded Tristram Macawber, the psychic warns him that not one but two other parties are seeking the Bloodstone fragments, and then he lapses into unconsciousness. Meanwhile, John Jameson, piloting Cap’s Quinjet is becoming concerned about the long delay and looks at the two pieces of the Bloodstone, their hypnotic qualities reminding him of the Moonstone that had once turned him into the Man-Wolf. This spell is so deep that Jameson is unaware that the skull-and-crossbones-clad mystery villain has stowed away on the jet….

N’Kantu shows Cap and Diamond a rear exit from the crypt and they emerge into the sunlight—only to be attacked by Zaran with his thrown sais. Col. Jameson swoops down to the rescue and the heroes mount the rope ladder—but then from his plane, Zemo opens fire on their all-too-exposed position….



Story #2

Augmentation: The Night of the Scourge! Part Four

Writer: Mark Gruenwald. Penciler: Mark Bright. Inker: Don Hudson. Colorist: Bob Sharen.

Synopsis / Summary / Plot

In the secure basement of the Power Broker Curtiss Jackson, the vigilante Scourge of the Underworld has blown up the reinforced door, only to discover a second vault door. As he prepares more plastic explosive, a panicked Jackson takes a gamble on the only possible defense: as Priscilla Lyons watches, Jackson straps himself into his own device for augmenting a person’s physical strength, planning to use the process on himself, despite the risks. Meanwhile, U.S. Agent is attempting to gain the needed leverage for escaping from under the pile of rubble. Scourge destroys the second door and enters the lab. He spies Priscilla and turns from her, choosing to decide her fate after he has taken care of Jackson. Scourge discovers the unoccupied augmentation device and searches the room for his quarry—only to get a pleasant surprise….


Kieron Dwyer
Danny Bulanadi
Greg Wright
Kieron Dwyer (Cover Penciler)
Kieron Dwyer (Cover Inker)
? (Cover Colorist)
Plot: .

Characters

Listed in Alphabetical Order.

Baron Zemo
Baron Zemo

(Helmut)
Captain America
Captain America

(Steve Rogers)
Diamondback
Diamondback

(Rachel Leighton)

Plus: Asp, John Jameson, Living Mummy (N'Kantu), Machete, Scourge (Scourge of the Underworld), Tristram Macawber, U.S. Agent, Vagabond (Priscilla Lyons), Zaran.

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