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Captain America #366: Review

Jan 1990
Mark Gruenwald, Ron Lim

Story Name:

Remote Control

Review & Comments

Rating:
3 stars

Captain America #366 Review by (November 30, 2010)
Comments: 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 Voice (originally “The Man with the Voice of Doom”) first appeared as an Ant-Man villain in TALES TO ASTONISH #42.



 

Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Captain America #366 Synopsis by Peter Silvestro

Story arc continues from AVENGERS #312.

Captain America brings the comatose Sub-Mariner to Hank Pym to examine the Controller’s disc on the back of his neck. Pym speculates that Namor will be okay once the disc is removed but can’t be certain, so Cap determines to find the Controller to force him to remove the disc safely. He asks Fabian Stankowicz to work with Hank to see if the signal from the disc can be traced back to its source….

Elsewhere, the first meeting of the supervillains’ summit is coming to a close. As the participants—Red Skull, Doctor Doom, the Mandarin, the Wizard, the Kingpin—go their separate ways, Magneto asks their mysterious host (spoiler alert: Loki) if that is the original Red Skull…. Meanwhile, the Nazi villain returns to his office to find Crossbones waiting for him. The annoyed Skull reminds him he should be keeping an eye on the Controller and sends his massive minion out. Later, Thor is battling Juggernaut on a New York street. The disguised Controller is watching, waiting for a chance to place a control disc on the God of Thunder. He is approached by the disguised Crossbones who orders him back to Washington. When Controller refuses, Crossbones attaches the control disc to an arrow and fires it at Thor—and misses. The enraged Controller stalks off—only to be brought to a halt by a command from The Voice….

Using the tracer Hank and Fabian rigged for him, Captain America traces the Controller to New York where he spies their ship taking off. Cap leaps aboard and engages Controller in combat. The violent villain’s attacks threaten to destroy the ship and the rush of wind through the open hatch prevents them from hearing The Voice’s orders to stop. Ultimately, Controller lunges at Cap and flies through the open hatch, so Cap follows him out the door….

Meanwhile, Diamondback, agonizing over her attraction to Cap, spies a nice outfit in a store window, the perfect substitute for the tattered outfit she’s been wearing since the Bloodstone Hunt. Since the store is closed and she has no money, her first instinct is to smash and grab but she realizes she doesn’t want to do anything that would jeopardize her relationship with Cap….

Cap rides the Controller to a soft landing on the ground, thanks to the villain’s cybernetic suit. On reaching terra firma, Controller slaps a control disc on the back of Caps’ neck and returns to the ship. Cap, who was wearing an armored plate under his uniform in back, now has a control disc to study….

Arriving at the Red Skull’s office in Washington, the Controller is told by his new master to use a control disc to enslave the Mystery Man. Unfortunately, Controller is unable to follow the Skull through the transdimensional doorway. The Red Skull invents an urgent matter for discussion in the next room and leads his intended victim back there. From the shadows, the Controller places a disc on the back of the Mystery Man’s neck. As the Red Skull gloats, the sly fellow calmly plucks the disc from its place and fades to invisibility, leaving his sinister smile for last….

Story arc continues in IRON MAN #251


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Story #2

Nowhere to Hyde

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

Synopsis / Summary / Plot

The Cobra has tracked Mr. Hyde to his lair but seeing his powerful foe face-to-face causes the serpentine villain to freeze in fear. He slithers out of the path of Hyde’s violent attacks, trying to psych himself into fighting back. Cobra finally gears himself up and leaps onto Hyde’s back—and Hyde casually flips himself backward, crushing Cobra against the floor. The brutish villain picks up Cobra by the throat and begins to squeeze—and the serpent spits into his foe’s open mouth. Informing Hyde that he has been poisoned, he offers him the choice: searching for the antidote or begging for his life….

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Ron Lim
Danny Bulanadi
Nel Yomtov
Ron Lim (Cover Penciler)
Danny Bulanadi (Cover Inker)


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)
Thor
Thor

(Odinson)

Plus: Cobra (Klaus Voorhees), Controller, Crossbones, Diamondback (Rachel Leighton), Fabian Stankowicz, Mr. Hyde (Calvin Zabo), Voice.