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Captain America #375: Review

Aug 1990
Mark Gruenwald, Ron Lim

Story Name:

The Devil You Know

Review & Comments

4 stars

Captain America #375 Review by (July 5, 2012)
Review: See issue #372 for a full review of the “Streets of Poison” arc.

Comments: Part four of the seven-part “Streets of Poison.” Battle Star story: part four of seven. Curtiss Jackson received his massive muscled physique in the USAgent backup story in CAP #361-362.


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Captain America #375 Synopsis by Peter Silvestro

Diamondback has been gunned down, an innocent bystander in a drug-related drive-by shooting. John Jameson discovers that she is alive, protected by her Kevlar-lined costume. He is stunned that she would risk her life to save his, belying her shady past….

Uptown, Captain America has invaded the Rhythm Room social club and has rounded up the occupants in search of the pusher Jerkweed. He taunts the punk with a combination of threats, insults, and chicken noises, until Jerkweed takes a kid hostage. Cap deftly throws his shield and cracks the baddie’s gun then seizes him and crashes out of a window. The out-of-control hero takes the hapless drug dealer for a ride on his Sky-Cycle, threatening to drop him unless he tells what he knows about Wilson Fisk….

[Elsewhere, Bullseye is on a similar mission, disguised as a homeless man; he captures the dealer Ground Chuck and forces him at gunpoint to reveal company secrets. This leads him higher on the chain, to Lowlife...]

The Kingpin, Wilson Fisk, is dining in a private restaurant when Captain America enters, shoves a bodyguard out of the way, and proceeds to question the Kingpin about the drug war. Without admitting complicity, the gangster reveal that it is a turf war, not a gang war that they are facing, and the two guardedly agree to share information. As he leaves the establishment, Cap is approached by Daredevil, who expresses concern about Cap’s increasingly reckless behavior. Cap responds violently and soon the two are engaged in combat. DD leads his adversary to a deserted playground to minimize damage. The severely paranoid and enraged Cap quickly gets the upper hand, beating down the red-clad hero and leaving. As the injured and groggy Daredevil lies there trying to recoup his strength, he hears someone approaching. Crossbones.

Story #2

The Steel Balloon

Writer: Mark Gruenwald. Penciler: Mark Bagley. Inker: Dan Panosian. Colorist: Nel Yomtov.

Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Battle Star awakens from the effect of the gas to find himself immobilized in a huge frame made of adamantium. The room is full of similar frames holding muscular men, all Unlimited Class wrestlers and clients of Ethan Thurm; what the prisoners all have in common is that they were recipients of the Power Broker’s strength augmentation process. Soon, two massive goons enter and carry off one of the protesting prisoners, frame and all. Eventually it is Battle Star’s turn and he finds himself hauled into the laboratory of Dr. Karl Malus. Also present is Power Broker Curtiss Jackson, his grotesquely musclebound body able to move only by virtue of a hovering exo-skeleton. Lemar is strapped to a lab table and Malus recognizes him as a minor superhero, not a wrestler; Jackson doesn’t care and insists the experiment go ahead. Malus calibrates his machines and presses a button, and Battle Star’s enhanced strength is removed from him….

Ron Lim
Danny Bulanadi
Steve Buccelatto
Ron Lim (Cover Penciler)
Danny Bulanadi (Cover Inker)
? (Cover Colorist)


Listed in Alphabetical Order.

Captain America
Captain America

(Steve Rogers)

(Matt Murdock)

(Rachel Leighton)

(Wilson Fisk)

Plus: Battle Star, Dr Karl Malus, John Jameson, Typhoid Mary.

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