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Captain America #406: Review

Sep 1992
Mark Gruenwald, Rik Levins

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Leader of the Pack

Review & Comments

2.5 stars

Captain America #406 Review by (August 28, 2016)
Comments: Man and Wolf, Part Five of Six. 100th issue written by Mark Gruenwald, as noted on the letters page. Title comes from a popular song of 1964. What does “secular godhood” mean? The Moongem was called the Moonstone in issue #402. Last appearance of Bernie Rosenthal until issue #426; presumably she was ashamed to face Jarvis after losing D-Man and just split for the hills.

Review: See issue #402 for full review of this story arc.


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Captain America #406 Synopsis by Peter Silvestro

Captain America, transformed into a werewolf by Dr. Nightshade, is dropped into the punishment pit. There he is challenged by a white wolf, leader of the pit-wolves; Capwolf hurls him into the ceiling and instantly becomes the new wolfpack leader. One of the captives is Wolfsbane of X-Factor, as natural lycanthrope; she teaches Cap how to regain his voice and he immediately starts organizing an escape....

Interlude 1: Cable learns that his teammate Feral is missing and goes out in search of her....

Interlude 2: Bernie Rosenthal berates herself for losing the semi-catatonic Dennis “D-Man” Dunphy in Central Park....

Capwolf leads the wolves in search of Dr. Nightshade, planning to force her to return them to normal. Wolverine asks to be released but Wolfsbane detects that he is under mind control so they leave him. Reaching the lab, Capwolf clobbers and unmasks Moonhunter, discovering that he is not John Jameson but another hypnotized servitor of Dredmund's named Zachary Moonhunter. Werewolf By Night's Jack Russell is there, his blood used to concoct the werewolf vaccine; he is released. Capwolf has Nightshade strapped to her own table to force her to make an antidote to the wolfman serum but she tells Cap that Dr Druid is in immediate danger....

In the church, Dredmund has Dr Druid chained up ready to be sacrificed to allow Dredmund to ascend to secular godhood. As Capwolf breaks in, he is fought by the wolfpack in the church. Dredmund slashes Druid's throat and lets the blood drench the Moongem; placing the empowered gem on his own throat he is suddenly transformed into...we'll find out next issue.

2. “Fight on Skull Mountain!” 2/5

Writer: Mark Gruenwald. Pencils: Larry Alexander. Inks: Ariane Lenshoek. Colors: Ariane Lenshoek.

Synopsis: Crossbones and the captive Diamondback are trying to gain entrance to the Red Skull's mountain stronghold. As they scale the mountain to the remote entrance they are challenged by Cutthroat, Jack O'Lantern, and Blackwing. A precarious battle breaks out during which Diamond holds one of her poisonous throwing diamonds to Jack's throat forcing the trio to fly them to the top of the mountain. There, Diamond and Crossbones submit to the armed guards and allow themselves to be taken prisoner. With a shock, Cutthroat recognizes Rachel as his baby sister....

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


Listed in Alphabetical Order.

Captain America
Captain America

(Steve Rogers)

(James Howlett)

Plus: Wolfsbane, X-Factor.

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