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Captain America #395: Review

Dec 1991
Mark Gruenwald, Rik Levins

Story Name:

Rogues in the House

Review & Comments

3 stars

Captain America #395 Review by (April 17, 2016)
Comments: Cutthroat is Diamondback's brother, first seen in MARVEL TEAM-UP #89. Deathstroke, no relation to the more prominent DC comics villain of that name, was introduced in SPIDER-WOMAN #39; this is his last appearance, being dead and all. Mangler first appeared in THING #36 and previously faced Cap in CAPTAIN AMERICA #328; he appeared in the back-up stories in CAP #363-364, and likewise, this is his last appearance.

Review: Halfway decent issue: I still don't care for the storyline but Cap and Thor fighting icky sticky gunk (wisely immortalized on the cover) and a three-way battle among villains are merely okay and almost make up for the oddball “John Jameson crushes on Diamondback” subplot. Seriously, what were they thinking? And the Mother Night scenes are almost unreadable, with the medley of abuse, self-pity, and lovelorn looks aimed at the Red Skull. Nauseating.


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Captain America #395 Synopsis by Peter Silvestro

While Captain America is going over Avengers business in the office, he fields a call from FBI Agent Freeman who gives him the results of the autopsy on the Red Skull: the corpse matches Cap's fingerprints. Cap knows that the Skull was in a body cloned from his own but still questions whether his archenemy is truly dead....

The Red Skull proposes to the newly freed Viper to bankroll any subversive scheme she dreams up to destroy the United States. They seal their new partnership by canoodling in a hot tub. Mother Superior spies on them and is upset at the threat to her beloved Skull....

Meanwhile, Crossbones, having been fired by the Red Skull for questioning his judgment, stops by the Bar With No Name for a drink but a brawl among several women baddies (see second story) annoys him and he walks out....

While Cap deals with Avengers matters with Thor, Hercules and Quasar, Diamondback and John Jameson meet in the library and, having just been dumped by his girlfriend (again) flirts with Rachel....

At the Red Skull's hideaway, Mother Superior is interviewing for the job of chief henchman to the Skull. Three villains have applied, Mangler, Cutthroat, and Deathstroke, and the position will go to the last one alive. A brutal fight breaks out....

Then the Red Skull receives word that someone is trespassing at his family home. It is Cap and the new Thor (Eric Masterson) undergoing some on-the-job training, investigating Skull House. They enter and Thor flies them over the booby-trapped stairs but the second floor suddenly starts oozing and traps them in stickum; Armin Zola arrives and commands Doughboy (for such is the identity of the goop) to dumps the two prisoners at the bottom of the lake...

Elsewhere, we learn that Cutthroat “won” the job as henchman....

And in Manhattan, John Jameson is driving Rachel to her class at secretarial school...and they are being tailed by Crossbones....

2. “The Big Brawl” 3/5

Writer: Mark Gruenwald. Art: Larry Alexander. Colors: Greg Wright.

Synopsis: At the Bar with No Name, Black Mamba and Asp are confronted by Battleaxe, Golddigger, and Steel Wind, who hope to collect the reward posted by Superia for their capture. A massive battle breaks out between the two parties and Crossbones (see the first story) is annoyed by the noise and walks out. Impala joins in the brawl on the side of Asp and Black Mamba and they manageto escape the bar. Outside, Impala asks if she can join their team....

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


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Plus: Asp.

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