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Captain America #386: Review

Jun 1991
Mark Gruenwald, Ron Lim

Story Name:

For Righteousness’s Sake

Review & Comments

4 stars

Captain America #386 Review by (January 31, 2016)
Comments: Main story: Part two of two parts. Backup story: Part two of two parts, serving as a prologue to “The Superia Stratagem,” the story arc that occupies issues #387-392. M.O.D.A.M. was introduced in WEST COAST AVENGERS Vol.2 #36 and returned in SOLO AVENGERS #16 and QUASAR #9.

Review: An interesting issue as Mike takes the moral stand he only dreamed of when he joined the Watchdogs, revealing that while the tactics of the militant group are reprehensible, their social/political views are appealing to a large segment of America. And Gruenwald puts the question in sharp relief by portraying the artist in jeopardy as a self-important sour little creep. Another interesting aspect of the story is how Cap doesn’t fight the bad guys; USAgent does, vanquishing them all and maintaining his newfound ethics (see ish #383). The best part is the full-page portrait of Cap working out in the Avengers version of the X-Men’s Danger Room, his face looks a little funny but woo!


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Captain America #386 Synopsis by Peter Silvestro

Bernie Rosenthal, captured by the right-wing urban terrorist group the Watchdogs, is to be used by them as bait in a trap for traitor Mike Farrel and taken to their Vermont lodge for safekeeping….

Captain America, pondering how to locate Bernie, receives a visit from USAgent, the former, failed Cap who has a vendetta against the Watchdogs for killing his parents. The Agent wants to join Cap in the hunt for the villains but Cap refuses because the Agent is too reckless in action. Avengers aide Fabian discovers a connection between the disappearances of several artists of questionable morals and deduces that the Watchdogs’ next target will be avant-garde painter Enrique Parquer. An undercover Cap heads over to the art gallery propose setting a trap for them but Parquer refuses….

Mike Farrel, on the run from (he thinks) the police, approaches his Watchdog pal Stuart for help. Mike overhears Stuart calling in the Watchdogs and realizes he’ been betrayed. Stuart conks Mike on the head and takes him prisoner.

Cap sees the Watchdogs kidnap Parquer and follows as they head to the lodge. There, the prisoners are being brainwashed into parroting patriotic slogans. Cap infiltrates the building hoping to free the hostages quietly but USAgent crashes through the front door and takes on the gang, having to remind himself that he doesn’t kill anymore. Cap and the Agent link up as the prisoners are free and the baddies are vanquished. Then Mike Farrel drops the bombshell: he reveals that he was one of the Watchdogs and asks to be arrested with the rest of them.

2. “Snake Heist” 3/5

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

Synopsis: Diamondback, Asp, and Black Mamba are taken prisoner by the Serpent Society villains Anaconda, Rock Python, and Puff Adder, taking off in the Serpent Saucer. As Diamond tries to figure out what to do, the ship is brought to a halt and a pair of metal tentacles rips through the floor and tosses the two male Serpents overboard. Diamond then discover that her rescuer is a bizarre creature called M.O.D.A.M….

Ron Lim
Danny Bulanadi
Christie Scheele
Ron Lim (Cover Penciler)
Danny Bulanadi (Cover Inker)
? (Cover Colorist)


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Captain America
Captain America

(Steve Rogers)

Plus: Anaconda, Asp.

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