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Captain America #393: Review

Oct 1991
Mark Gruenwald, Rik Levins

Story Name:

Skullbound

Review & Comments

Rating:
3 stars

Captain America #393 Review by (March 28, 2016)
Comments: Additional Credits: Pencils by Larry Alexander and Rik Levins; inks by Bud LaRosa and Danny Bulanadi

Review: I must confess that the present story arc never really thrilled me. It is competently written but Marc Gruenwald seems to be getting tired toward the end of his ten-year run. Maybe I've just seen a little too much of the Red Skull to care any more about the inner workings of his gang—this arc doesn't have the supervillain doing anything more than trying to hide from Cap. If there were some sinister scheme in the works maybe I would be interested but no, it's all Cap trying to find out where his archenemy is, so he can keep better tabs on him.



 

Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Captain America #393 Synopsis by Peter Silvestro

The Red Skull and his Skeleton Crew are prisoners of the German government which seeks to prosecute and execute the Skull to exorcise the nation of its Nazi past. As the trial starts, Machinesmith manages to free himself and the others; the villains take the judge and prosecutor hostage. The Red Skull presents his defense: that he is not the original but an American citizen who has adopted the identity of the now-deceased villain and it would be unjust to hold him responsible for the famous one’s crimes. At that moment, Captain America, Iron Man, and Thor burst in through the ceiling; Cap announces that as the villains are American citizens, it is up to American courts to try them. The Avengers quickly subdue the baddies, load them into their jet and take off. As the jet wings its way toward the USA, the truth is revealed: the Avengers are bioplastoid duplicates created by Arnim Zola and the plane itself is Doughboy. The Red Skull and his minions are free....

At Avengers Mansion, the real Captain America is wrapping up the previous adventure and Asp and Black Mamba go off with Paladin. Diamondback stays behind and confesses to Steve that she is frightened of the hero life and wants to retire; Cap comforts her. Meanwhile, Bernie Rosenthal shows up to visit Steve and Jarvis discreetly sends her away. Cap receives a call from Hauptmann Deutschland asking if he returned safely with the Red Skull; when Cap professes ignorance, he knows he has been fooled. Cap follows up on the enigmatic call by heading to Washington to check up on the Skull. Arriving at the Skull's corporate HQ, he encounters Hauptmann Deutschland, who assumes Cap is the duplicate. After a stalemated battle, Haup runs off, crashing through the window to the Red Skull's office. There the two heroes are surprised to find the Red Skull dead, a bullet in his head, and written on the wall above, “Justice is served”....


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Rik Levins
Danny Bulanadi
Renee Witterstaetter
Ron Lim (Cover Penciler)
Danny Bulanadi (Cover Inker)
? (Cover Colorist)


Characters

Listed in Alphabetical Order.

Captain America
Captain America

(Steve Rogers)
Iron Man
Iron Man

(Tony Stark)
Thor
Thor

(Odinson)

Plus: Arnim Zola, Asp.