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Captain America #398: Review

Mar 1992
Mark Gruenwald, Rik Levins

Story Name:

It Came from Outer Space

Review & Comments

4 stars

Captain America #398 Review by (February 1, 2014)
Review: Kicks off Operation Galactic Storm quite well with Cap fighting an alien invader in a very nicely drawn sequence. I’m on board! The back-up story is just ugly with its emphasis in physical and emotional abuse of a woman. The epic as a whole? One of the best multi-comic crossovers, marked by a complex story, tight plotting, strong characterization, and consistent quality. And it actually tries to mean something in the end!

Comments: Part 1 of Operation Galactic Storm. First appearance of Warstar and Supremor. Bruce Banner has a cameo, saying “go away” from behind a closed door. Diamondback is a prisoner of Crossbones at this time (see issues #399-400).


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Captain America #398 Synopsis by Peter Silvestro

Rick Jones, aboard the Pantheon facility, has a nightmare of the destruction of the Kree homeworld followed by Captain America turning into the Kree Supreme Intelligence. On the advice of Delphi, he contacts Cap to arrange a meeting. Captain America, concerned about the missing Diamondback (and a cranky John Jameson), meets with Rick at a diner in Arizona. They are interrupted—violently—by a giant robot (Warstar) crashing through the window and seizing Rick. Cap battles the monster while tossing Rick his Avengers card to escape on his skycycle. Cap realizes his foe is a huge robot controlled by a smaller one; he clobbers the little one, immobilizing the big one. Meanwhile, the skycycle is grabbed by a tractor beam and Rick is drawn aboard a Shi’ar ship for interrogation….

Epilogue: the Supreme Intelligence reaches mentally into a Kree recycling center and animates a robot to be his surrogate Supremor, first champion of his Starforce….

Continued in AVENGERS WEST COAST #80

Story #2

Silence of the Night

Writer: Mark Gruenwald. Penciler: Larry Alexander. Inker: Dan Panosian. Colorist: Renee Witterstaetter.

Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Cutthroat, Jack O’Lantern, and Blackwing watch a police station from a roof across the street, debating whether to rescue Mother Night who was arrested last issue. As they hesitate, the villainess comes walking out, having made bail; she slaps Cutthroat for letting her be captured int the first place, then they all return to Skullbase. Reporting to the Red Skull, she notices that he is getting friendly with the visiting Madame Viper. After Viper leaves, the Skull forces Mother Night to admit she allowed Captain America to learn that their deaths in issue #394 were faked. He beats her brutally but when she pleads for death, he refuses as he wants to abuse and humilate her for years to come.

Rik Levins
Danny Bulanadi
Christie Scheele
Rik Levins (Cover Penciler)
Danny Bulanadi (Cover Inker)


Listed in Alphabetical Order.

Captain America
Captain America

(Steve Rogers)
Red Skull
Red Skull

(Johann Shmidt)

Plus: Blackwing, Cutthroat, Delphi, John Jameson, Kree, Machinesmith, Mother Night, Peggy Carter, Shi’ar, Supremor, Viper (Madame Hydra), Warstar.

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