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Captain America #382: Review

Feb 1991
Mark Gruenwald, Ron Lim

Story Name:

Why Does It Always Have to Be Snakes?

Review & Comments

3.5 stars

Captain America #382 Review by (December 12, 2015)
Comments: Main story: part two of three parts. Title is a quote from RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK. Mike Farrel’s secret will be revealed in issue #385. Story 2: part two of three parts. Title comes from a popular song in the 1930s “Thanks for the Memory” which was the theme song of comedian Bob Hope. Covers John Walker’s history from CAP #341-351. The covers of #380-382 all feature a looming head on a black background.

Review: Wrapping up the three-part Serpent Society tale ties up loose ends and has some nice action sequences but is no classic. The same goes for the USAgent back-up story.


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Captain America #382 Synopsis by Peter Silvestro

Captain America is dangling over the edge of a roof, held by the ankle by Rock Python. Puff Adder and Anaconda of the Serpent Society look on as Python drops the hero to his (probable) death. Contacting their leader King Cobra, the villainous trio learns there is no reward for killing Cap so they don’t bother to check the hero’s status before they return to headquarters. Cap however managed to put his shield under him as he landed and that took the brunt of the blow. John Jameson picks him up and they follow the bad guys by means of the Translocator….

At the Society’s HQ, Diamondback is dying from Cobra’s venom and hero-for-hire Paladin is also a prisoner. Cap arrives by Sky-Cycle and enters by piggybacking on a Serpent Saucer. Once inside, Cap takes out Constrictor and Fer-de-Lance then enters the premises only to be ambushed by Bushmaster…..

Interlude: Bernie Rosenthal is confiding in Mike Farrel about her relationship with Steve; she also suspects Mike is hiding a secret….

Cap manages to overcome Bushmaster and enters the chamber where the prisoners are being held. King Cobra ambushes him as he did Paladin last issue but Cap is sharper and clobbers him; Cobra moves on to Plan B and threatens to kill Diamondback on the spot. Cap implies that Thor and the other Avengers are waiting outside causing the villain to panic and flee. Cap releases Asp and Black Mamba who promises to find him the antidote for Diamond’s poison. By now, Cobra has learned that Cap is alone and he returns with reinforcements. A battle breaks out between Cap and his team and the enemy snakes. The good guys win, Diamond gets the antidote, Guardsmen from the Vault carry off the baddies, and Cap lets Asp and Black Mamba go free as Diamond wanted. Diamond, wanting to make Cap jealous, goes off with Paladin; Cap doesn’t seem to notice.

Epilogue: Steve did notice such an obvious ploy and doesn’t know why it bothers him. Jarvis announces he has a visitor: expecting Rachel, he is surprised to see Bernie….

2. “Thanks for the Memories” 3.5

Writer: Mark Gruenwald. Pencils: Mark Bagley. Inks: Dan Panosian. Colors: Nel Yomtov.

USAgent John Walker’s memories are returning: At his public debut as the new Captain America, he and Battle Star (Lemar Hoskins) were upstaged by their former army buddies Jerome and Hector, now known as Left- and Right-Winger. They revealed Cap’s identity as John Walker to the public which led to Walker’s parents being captured by the Watchdogs and their subsequent deaths. Walker took his revenge against the Wingers and ended up facing the Red Skull and saving Steve Rogers who was then the Captain. Steve resumed as Captain America while Walker’s assassination was faked as part of a plan to give him a new identity. Also in the plan, Walker’s memories were wiped and it is revealed that Walker specifically requested to have all memory of his parents’ deaths removed. At this, Walker thanks them for the restored memories and apologizes for suspecting Haywerth of foul play.

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)


Plus: Anaconda, Asp.

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