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Captain America #388: Review

Jul 1991
Mark Gruenwald, Rik Levins

Story Name:

Deep Sixed

Review & Comments

3 stars

Captain America #388 Review by (February 21, 2016)
Comments: The Superia Stratagem, Part Two of Six. First appearance of Impala, who will show up over the next ten issues or so. Snapdragon first appeared in MARVEL FANFARE #12-13 as an enemy of Black Widow. Quicksand debuted in THOR #392. Blackbird was introduced in INCREDIBLE HULK #274, the female Moonstone in INCREDIBLE HULK #228. Backup story: Part two of five, serving as a prelude to the main story which begins in issues #393.

Review: See issue #387 for full review.


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Captain America #388 Synopsis by Peter Silvestro

Captain America and his companions Paladin and John Jameson have been shot down over the Atlantic by the deadly MODAM. Cap rescues the unconscious Jameson while Paladin shoots at MODAM, damaging her hover-chair so that she must rush off to affect repairs….

Meanwhile on the cruise ship, Diamondback, Black Mamba, and Asp are enjoying the ship’s pool. They meet the lithe Impala who tells them of the forthcoming Pageant of Power. A fight breaks out between Anaconda and Quicksand. A crowd of lady baddies gathers round and they are so caught up in the action that no one notices when Diamond is snatched away….

Cap, Paladin, and Jameson are safely in a life raft and Cap contacts the Avengers asking for rescue. While they wait they are attacked by Moonstone (Karla Sofen) and Blackbird; they fight back but with the raft sinking and the villainess’ special powers they are quickly subdued. Cap is knocked out and begins to drown….

Diamondback awakens to find she has been abducted by Snapdragon who is seeking revenge for an insult by Diamond back when they were in Taskmaster’s school. The two women fight and Diamond is unable to keep up with her more skilled opponent. She is soon knocked out and Snapdragon dumps her overboard….

2. “Slaughterhouse” 3/5

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

Synopsis: Five graduates of the Taskmaster’s school are sent to a private gym in the Smith Building in Washington D.C.  and told to don Captain America costumes and await their employer. When he appears, they learn it is the Red Skull and none of them shall survive this exercise session. The men fight for their lives and four of them die quickly; a fifth deliberately holds back. When the Skull assaults him, the “Cap” seizes the Nazi villain and, before the Skull’s startled monitors can act, teleports away with his powerful captive….

Characters: Hauptmann Deutschland, Red Skull

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


Listed in Alphabetical Order.

Captain America
Captain America

(Steve Rogers)

Plus: Anaconda, Asp, Quicksand.

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