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Captain America #399: Review

Apr 1992
Mark Gruenwald, Rik Levins

Story Name:

Twenty Million Light Years from Earth

Review & Comments

Rating:
3 stars

Captain America #399 Review by (February 28, 2014)
Review: Cap versus Korath is the highlight of this installment of the epic story arc Operation Galactic Storm; it does its job in getting the heroes free from captivity and on their own. The lowlight is Iron Man acting like a complete jerk; what’s going on in his title at this time? The Diamondback back-up story (Diamondback-up?) is just Crossbones killing a bunch of people; it’s brutal but effective. The Galactic Storm 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 8 of Operation Galactic Storm.



 

Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Captain America #399 Synopsis by Peter Silvestro

Follows THOR #445

The captive Avengers are brought to the Kree homeworld of Hala and delivered by Shatterax into the hands of Ronan the Accuser. At a signal from Captain America, Sersi casts a spell creating the illusion that they are Accusers who have been teleported in as the heroes teleported out. A massive manhunt gets underway and the disguised heroes take the opportunity to meet privately in a public restroom (!). Iron Man, resenting Sersi’s interference with his armor, demands to be changed back and he insists on going off on his own to fly reconnaissance, against Cap’s orders. Hawkeye shrinks to ant-size and goes with him to keep an eye on him….

In a secret chamber, the members of the Supreme Intelligence’s Starforce are gathered for the first time—Ultimus, Shatterax, Korath the Pursuer, and Supremor—to begin their mission to seize power on the planet….

The Avengers, now disguised as ordinary citizens, seek a way to meet with the Kree leaders. An aerial blimp flashing wanted posters of the fugitive heroes flies overhead and they capture it to use as their base/hiding place. The craft is attacked by Korath the Pursuer who uses his stun-rods to take out Sersi and Crystal; Cap literally leaps into action and he battles the villain in midair. He manages to snatch Korath’s weapon and uses it to disable his boot jets. The villain plummets to the ground while Cap makes it back to the blimp with an acrobatic leap….

Continued in AVENGERS WEST COAST #81


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Story #2

Cross to Bear

Writer: Mark Gruenwald. Penciler: Larry Alexander. Inker: Dan Panosian. Colorist: Ed Lazellari.

Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Rachel (Diamonback) Leighton is a prisoner of Crossbones in an abandoned subway station, as he questions her about Captain America. While is is out of the room, a gang called the Mudsharks comes upon her. She pleads with them to release her but they are intent on rape. Crossbones returns, swiftly kills the entire gang of punks, and resumes the interrogation….



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


Characters

Listed in Alphabetical Order.

Captain America
Captain America

(Steve Rogers)
Hawkeye
Hawkeye

(Clint Barton)
Iron Man
Iron Man

(Tony Stark)

Plus: Black Knight, Crossbones, Diamondback (Rachel Leighton), Korath the Pursuer, Kree, Ronan (Ronan the Accuser), Sersi, Shatterax, Shi’ar, Starforce, Supremor, Ultimus.