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Captain America #411: Review

Jan 1993
Mark Gruenwald, Rik Levins

Story Name:

The Arena

Review & Comments

4 stars

Captain America #411 Review by (November 5, 2016)
Comments: Part one of three parts. There are far too many villains in cameos to list. Sersi casts the spell creating the heroes' disguises but she is not seen in the issue. The Trump, seen earlier in issue #371 (the Steve-Rachel date issue), makes his final appearance here. General Wo was previously seen only in TALES OF SUSPENSE #61 in 1965; this issue and the next are his only subsequent appearances. D-Man's subplot will resume in issue #418. A.I.M. seized control of Boca Caliente in IRON MAN #207.

Review: Sigh. We just got through with the Skeleton Crew after an incredibly long and pointless story arc—and we still have to look at them. Good thing this story is better: exciting, funny, and entertaining as Cap and Co. have to pass for bad guys at a villains convention. The fight scenes are well done too.


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Captain America #411 Synopsis by Peter Silvestro

Diamondback is sparring with Falcon when Captain America enters to inform her that she is healthy after being treated with his Super-Soldier blood (last issue). She seeks revenge against Snapdragon after nearly being killed by her in issue #388. Cap offers to help so he contacts Nick Fury to learn her whereabouts. Fury suggests the A.I.M. weapons show on their private island of Boca Caliente; if Snapdragon is not there someone who knows her will be....

Interlude: The catatonic D-Man has wandered into the secret underground home of the Night People; their leader, Brother Wonderful, orders his minions to attack the intruder....

Cap, Diamond, and Falcon are changed by Sersi's magic to resemble Crossbones, Mother Night, and Jack O'Lantern so they can infiltrate the weapons bazaar. So sooner have they entered than Capbones runs into Batroc the Leaper who reminds him about a challenge he had put to (the real) 'Bones: that 'Bones could defeat any five opponents Batroc could gather; Cap is forced to agree since it will create a major distraction so Diamond can pursue her private mission....

That night in the arena, Cap first faces the berserker Mad Dog and defeats him. The second opponent is Ramrod whose armor complicates matters....

Diamondback, searching for Snapdragon, runs into her pals Asp, Black Mamba, and Impala but is forced to avoid them so as not to betray her real identity. She then turns a corner and runs into her quarry—backed by Superia, Blackbird, and Iron Maiden....

Back in the ring, Cap defeats Ramrod by fighting dirty i.e. Crossbones' style. Before he can catch his breath, Cap is pummeled by the massive sumo General Wo....

Rik Levins
Danny Bulanadi
George Roussos
Rik Levins (Cover Penciler)
Danny Bulanadi (Cover Inker)
? (Cover Colorist)


Listed in Alphabetical Order.

Batroc the Leaper
Batroc the Leaper

(Georges Batroc)
Captain America
Captain America

(Steve Rogers)

(Sam Wilson)

Plus: Asp.

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