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Captain America #362: Review

Nov 1989
Mark Gruenwald, Danny Bulanadi

Story Name:

Necromancing the Stone

Review & Comments

Rating:
3 stars

Captain America #362 Review by (December 9, 2011)
Review: See issue #358 for full reviews.

Comments: Conclusion of the six-part “The Bloodstone Hunt.” The Cap story’s title is a play on the movie title ROMANCING THE STONE. The Exo-Mind is the ego of the Hellfire Helix, which is contained within the Bloodstone. Priscilla Lyons was introduced in CAP #325 and became Nomad’s partner Vagabond in #342. The letters page includes a snarky missive from Mark Gruenwald’s father Myron about the phony Russian signs in issue #353.



 

Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Captain America #362 Synopsis by Peter Silvestro

Captain America and Diamondback are hanging onto the damaged ladder dangling hundreds of feet above the Egyptian desert as Baron Zemo fires on them from his aircraft. Pilot John Jameson puts the Quinjet in gear and zooms away, with Cap and his lady partner hanging on for their lives. They make it into the jet only for Cap to find he has lost the fragment of the Bloodstone borrowed from the Living Mummy (last issue)—and they are unaware of the skull-and-crossbones-clad villain stowed away in the rear of the jet….

Batroc and his henchmen return to Zemo’s ship where the French mercenary produces the fragment Cap had lost. The dazed Tristram Macawber repeats his warning about a third party after the stones but is still unable to elaborate. The detector takes them to the heart of Tokyo, a surprising change from the previous locations but still another place of death. Batroc and gang are led to the rear entrance to a restaurant and they burst in to find a mystic and several waiters in the middle of a ceremony to raise a corpse—one that involves the final fragment of the Bloodstone. A fight breaks out but the mercenaries end up with the fragment. As they run into the alley they encounter Captain America who proposes a meeting with Zemo. Batroc gives his boss a call then turns the communicator over to Cap to lead him to a rendezvous. Meanwhile, Diamondback tails the villains….

Cap and his enemies arrive at the meeting place—an inactive volcano. Cap demands to know what the Bloodstones are to be used for; Baron Zemo responds with a threat to blow up a black in downtown Tokyo if Cap does not surrender his two fragments. Meanwhile, Diamond, aboard the villains’ craft, has been searching for the stones and has discovered a coffin with the corpse of the first Baron Zemo inside. Cap returns to his ship to find that Jameson has been overpowered and the fragments stolen.  When the mystery baddie (Crossbones) enters Zemo’s craft, the five fragments, now brought together join themselves and raise the old Baron from the dead with an explosion of lightning. But the reanimated corpse with the Bloodstone in its forehead is not Zemo but the Exo-Mind, a more powerful being resurrected and possessing the only available body. The megalomaniacal monster unleashes the destructive power of the Hellfire Helix, which threatens to cause the volcano to erupt. Batroc and his Brigade flee for their lives, while Cap tries to battle the Exo-Mind. "Zemo" can deflect Cap’s shield easily with a sheet of lightning—but Helmut, who has quested so long for the power to raise his father from the dead, will not believe that this is not really his sire. The Exo-Mind intends Zemo Jr. to be the first one whose life will be sucked dry in its scheme to destroy the Earth. As the volcano erupts, Cap prepares a final effort to decapitate the monster with his shield. At the same time, the unseen Crossbones fires a crossbow bolt at the gem. It shatters into the five fragments as the shield shears the Exo-Mind’s head off, dropping it and them into the volcano. Cap seizes Zemo’s hand to save him from falling too but the madman wants to joins his "father" and his glove slips off sending him to his doom. As Cap leaves in his Quinjet, two mysteries remain: what came from the ship that caused the Bloodstone to splinter, and where is Diamondback?


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Story #2

Won’t Get Scourged Again: The Night of the Scourge! Part Five

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

Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Buried under the rubble of a collapsed ceiling in the underground complex of Curtiss Jackson, the Power Broker, U.S. Agent finally gains the leverage he needs to escape his trap. Inside, the vigilante Scourge of the Underworld has shot Jackson but finds that curiously his bullets have no effect. When U.S. Agent enters, Scourge takes Priscilla Lyons hostage, holding a gun to her head. She kicks backward and throws herself to the floor and U.S. Agent hurls his shield, knocking down his enemy. He knocks the villain unconscious and then discovers Jackson, his augmentation procedure having turned him into an overly muscled freak who can barely move. After calling an ambulance for Jackson and escorting Priscilla to safety, U.S. Agent picks up Scourge and jets off on his sky-cycle only to have a sniper’s bullet hit the villain beside him. Given the choice between rushing the wounded vigilante to the hospital and searching for the assassin, U.S. Agent chooses the latter course but fails to find the murderer…

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Danny Bulanadi
Danny Bulanadi
Bob Sharen
Kieron Dwyer (Cover Penciler)
Kieron Dwyer (Cover Inker)
? (Cover Colorist)


Characters

Listed in Alphabetical Order.

Baron Zemo
Baron Zemo

(Helmut)
Captain America
Captain America

(Steve Rogers)

Plus: Crossbones, Diamondback (Rachel Leighton), John Jameson, Machete, Scourge (Scourge of the Underworld), Tristram Macawber, U.S. Agent, Vagabond (Priscilla Lyons), Zaran.