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Captain America #391: Review

Sep 1991
Mark Gruenwald, Rik Levins

Story Name:

No Man’s Land

Review & Comments

3 stars

Captain America #391 Review by (March 20, 2016)
Comments: The Superia Stratagem, Part Five of Six. Thndra’s encounter with the Fantastic Four happened in FANTASTIC FOUR #129 and subsequent issues. Diamondback does not appear in the tale. Backup story: Part five 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 #391 Synopsis by Peter Silvestro

On the island of Femizonia, Superia has Captain America and Paladin as prisoners and is immersing them in chemical baths designed to transform them into women. Her second-in-command Nightshade thinks it unwise to keep Cap alive but she holds her tongue….

Superia addresses the assembled costumed villains to welcome them to her women’s utopia and to explain its origin. A femizon from the 23rd century called Thundra had met with the Fantastic Four and told them about the future Femizonia. Superia is convinced that her actions will be the origin of this future utopia and herself become Thundra’s ancestor. This scheme frightens Black Mamba and Asp and they decide to rescue Cap and see what he can do. They find their way to the lab where the two heroes are in chemical tanks. Cap starts to break free so Asp knocks out Nightshade with a sting and Cap and Paladin escape from the tanks and help Asp and Mamba overcome the guards. To avoid suspicion, Cap and Paladin don Asp and Mamba’s costumes while the women disguise themselves as guards. They attract no attention on the way out; Cap and Mamba head off to collect the men’s clothing and weapons. They are caught by Superia herself and she blasts Mamba while revealing her grand scheme to Cap: a rocket is being launched which will release a bio-weapon that will sterilize all women on Earth—except for those present on the island. And so shall women seize power over the human race….

2. “The Skeleton Crew” 3/5

Writer: Mark Gruenwald. Pencils: Larry Alexander. Inks: Dan Panosian. Colors: Kevin Tinsley.

Synopsis: The Red Skull and his Skeleton Crew are prisoners of the German government which seeks to try and execute the Skull to exorcise the nation of its Nazi past. Their minds racing over possible escape plans, the only one free to act is Machinesmith—his consciousness was not in his mechanical body but in the lock mechanism (last issue). While the heroes go about their business of moving the Red Skull, chair and all, into the adjacent courtroom, Machinesmith is able to send his mind back to his body, then bursting free of his bonds….

Rik Levins
Danny Bulanadi
Marie Javins
Ron Lim (Cover Penciler)
Danny Bulanadi (Cover Inker)
? (Cover Colorist)


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Captain America
Captain America

(Steve Rogers)

Plus: Asp.

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