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Captain America #401: Review

Jun 1992
Mark Gruenwald, Rik Levins

Story Name:

After the Storm

Review & Comments

Rating:
3.5 stars

Captain America #401 Review by (April 5, 2014)
Review: Captain America wallows in self-pity so deeply that even the artist gets bored and starts popping in Easter eggs to keep us (and himself) entertained! Poor Cap! This issue tries to go in for deep emotions but ends up a talkfest. Mark Gruenwald showcases “Stuffy Cap” at his stuffiest. True, Steve and Tony patch things up and Steve learns to get by with a little help from his friends but the whole thing just rankles. Biggest problem: in civilian clothes, Steve Rogers and Clint Barton look exactly alike. Not that it’s hard to follow who is talking but…really.

Comments: “After the Storm” (Operation Galactic Storm, that is.). Continued from AVENGERS #347. Other Avengers seen in cameos are: Captain Marvel (Monica Rambeau), Crystal, Gilgamesh, Hank Pym, Hercules, Living Lightning, Mockingbird, Sersi, She-Hulk, Spider-Woman (Julia Carpenter), Starfox, Vision, Wasp, Wonder Man. Bar patrons include Rod Serling, Betty and Veronica, Popeye, Steed and Mrs Peel, Humphrey Bogart, Groucho Marx, Gomez and Morticia Addams (with Lurch), Andy Capp, Dick Tracy, Reid Fleming (world’s toughest milkman), James Bond, the Yellow Kid, Elvis Presley, Jackie Gleason (as Minnesota Fats), Albert Einstein, and Alfred Hitchcock (thanks to Brain Cronin at Comic Book Resources and his readers for help with a couple of these—the art isn’t the best for this sort of thing).




 

Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Captain America #401 Synopsis by Peter Silvestro

At a meeting of all the Avengers Captain America offers to resign when a vote to censure several team members for their execution of the Kree Supreme Intelligence fails. The team members led by Iron Man defend their actions during Operation: Galactic Storm (AVENGERS #347) and leave. Cap’s lecture on superhuman ethics is sparsely attended so he broods. Meanwhile, Quasar takes a leave of absence to fulfill his role as Protector of the Universe and Cap learns that Diamondback and John Jameson are missing and Falcon and USAgent are investigating a lead about D-Man….

Elsewhere, Crossbones forces the captive Diamondback to send a message to Cap and then locks them both away in the underground bunker where the Red Skull was imprisoned (in issues #368-370). Black Widow decides to follow up on the lead without disturbing Cap….

Clint Barton nags Cap into going out to a bar where Steve confesses he has given up on having a normal life to concentate in his hero activities. Tony Stark arrives unexpectedly and he and Steve hash out their differences going back to the Armor Wars (IRON MAN #228) and make up. Steve returns to find USAgent and Falcon waiting with the amnesiac D-Man (rescued last issue) and comes to appreciate his friends….



Rik Levins
Danny Bulanadi
Gina Going
Rik Levins (Cover Penciler)
Danny Bulanadi (Cover Inker)


Characters

Listed in Alphabetical Order.

Black Widow
Black Widow

(Natasha Romanoff)
Captain America
Captain America

(Steve Rogers)
Diamondback
Diamondback

(Rachel Leighton)
Falcon
Falcon

(Sam Wilson)
Hawkeye
Hawkeye

(Clint Barton)
Iron Man
Iron Man

(Tony Stark)
Quasar
Quasar

(Wendell Vaughn)
Scarlet Witch
Scarlet Witch

(Wanda Maximoff)

Plus: Black Knight, D-Man (Demolition Man), Peggy Carter, Thor (Eric Masterson), U.S. Agent (John Walker).

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