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Captain America #365: Review

Dec 1989
Mark Gruenwald, Kieron Dwyer

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4 stars

Captain America #365 Review by (November 30, 2010)
Comments: Second of two issues in December. Crossover with ACTS OF VENGEANCE storyline in which several supervillains team up to destroy their hated enemies by setting them against unfamiliar foes. The Captain America story is complete in issues #365-367 (as is the Cobra back-up tale). The Serpent Society: Anaconda, Asp, Black Mamba, Bushmaster, Cottonmouth, Death Adder, Rattler, Rock Python, Fer-De-Lance, Death Adder, Coachwhip. Future comics writer and manager of the Comics 101 website Scott Tipton has a letter on the letters page. And a No-Prize to anyone who can figure out how the Red Skull can smoke a cigarette without lips.



 

Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Captain America #365 Synopsis by Peter Silvestro

Story arc continues from FANTASTIC FOUR (Vol. 1) #336

As the story opens, the Red Skull is chastising Crossbones for his failure to obtain the Bloodstones (CAP #362) and his engaging in combat with Captain America without permission. He dispatches his minion to seek out any recent escapees from the Vault to recruit to their cause. The Skull is startled when a suave, sinister man magically appears in his office, able to easily extricate himself from all security traps. The Mystery Man (might as well spoil it—it’s Loki) has a proposition for the Nazi villain: work together with other supervillains in a plan that will defeat their enemies once and for all. He casually mentions that Dr. Doom and Magneto were receptive to the offer, and points the Red Skull to a previously non-existent doorway—before fading into the air….

Captain America, returning from overseas with John Jameson, discovers that Avengers Island is missing. He and Diamondback jet to the ground in a skymobile where they link up with Jarvis and the other Avengers support personnel. Cap asks Diamondback to leave, and she angrily complies, then he learns the details of the destruction of the island by a horde of robots (seen in AVENGERS #311). While Cap digests the information and ponders the matter of a temporary headquarters….

In the middle of the Atlantic, Namor, the Sub-Mariner, is approached by the same Mystery Man, with the same proposition, joining with other enemies of the human race to conquer the world, and providing a similar doorway. Namor, who has renounced his enmity with the surface world, and joined the Avengers, merely swims away….

Meanwhile, Crossbones has captured the Controller, recent escapee from the Vault and is delivering him to the Red Skull….

That night, Namor arrives in New York Bay and is puzzled at the absence of the Avengers’ floating base. He soon locates the wreckage underwater but is surprised by the Controller who slaps a control disc on the back of Subby’s neck and gains his underwater powers. Responding to reports of a sighting of Namor in the bay Cap heads to the site and is suddenly attacked by his former ally. The furious battle continues underwater, with Cap desperately trying to reach the surface for air. Cap, having spotted the control disc, makes it to Liberty Island where his enraged enemy follows. Cap plays possum and tricks the Sub-Mariner into hurling himself at him; Cap then leaps aside and damages the disc with a shield blow to the back of the neck, which causes Namor to spasm and collapse. Cap, concerned that he may have caused brain damage to his old friend, vows revenge against the Controller….

Meanwhile, in Washington, after much deliberation, the Red Skull opens the transdimensional door and is greeted by the Mystery Man, who is accompanied by Dr. Doom, the Wizard, and the Kingpin….

Story arc continues in THOR (Vol. 1) #411


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Story #2

Hyde—and Seek!

Writer: Mark Gruenwald. Penciler: Mark Bright. Inker: Don Hudson. Colorist: Nel Yomtov.

Synopsis / Summary / Plot

At the headquarters of the Serpent Society, the new leader Cobra watches a TV news broadcast. It seems Mr. Hyde is one of the 38 criminals to escape from the Vault, a prison for super-villains (AVENGERS SPOTLIGHT #26). Cobra muses how he and Hyde were once partners (starting in JOURNEY INTO MYSTERY #105-106) but had a falling out when Cobra refused to take Hyde along when he escaped from prison (SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN #46); since then Hyde has sworn to kill him. A mysterious figure (same guy from the main story—okay, it’s Loki) suddenly appears in a cloud of smoke and suggest the Society exchange opponents with another villain as a means of defeating their foes. When Cobra explains that they are motivated by greed not vengeance, the stranger vanishes. Later, Cobra muses on the reasons for the Serpent Society’s recent lack of success and concludes that it’s because he is not providing aggressive enough leadership. He realizes he is a coward and must defeat Mr. Hyde to overcome his fear. To locate Hyde, he systematically visits all of Hyde’s known haunts and plants bombs to destroy them, and then he waits at the last remaining one. As he clings to a wall, an angry Calvin Zabo enters. Cobra reveals himself to his enemy who transforms into the powerful brute Hyde. Cobra realizes there is no turning back….

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Kieron Dwyer
Danny Bulanadi
Bob Sharen
Kieron Dwyer (Cover Penciler)


Characters

Listed in Alphabetical Order.

Captain America
Captain America

(Steve Rogers)
Doctor Doom
Doctor Doom

(Victor Von Doom)
Loki
Loki

(Loki Laufeyson)
Red Skull
Red Skull

(Johann Shmidt)

Plus: Cobra (Klaus Voorhees), Controller, Crossbones, Diamondback (Rachel Leighton), Fabian Stankowicz, Jarvis (Edwin Jarvis), John Jameson, Michael O'Brien, Mr. Hyde (Calvin Zabo), Peggy Carter, Serpent Society.