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Captain America #440: Review

Jun 1995
Mark Gruenwald, Dave Hoover

Story Name:

Dawn's Early Light

Review & Comments

4 stars

Captain America #440 Review by (June 30, 2017)
Comments: “Taking A.I.M. Part 1 of 4.” Marie Severin, Danny Bulanadi, and Don Hudson share inking duties on this issue. The titles for issues #438-443 are lines from the American National Anthem. D-Man was last seen in issue #418. Jesse Black Crow was introduced in #292, and 299-300; he will return soon to these pages. Diamondback spends the issue dressed as Snapdragon.

Review: Pretty nice tale, mixing the imminent danger of A.I.M.'s messing around with Cap's declining health. This story as a whole is rather a cool one, unexpected since A.I.M. is usually about as interesting as following a villain's accounting team so I got my money's worth. Adaptoids! Avengers! Antidotes! It's all here—and it all begins with “A.”


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Captain America #440 Synopsis by Peter Silvestro

Story continued from AVENGERS #386.

The armored Captain America descends into the tunnels under New York to locate Zerotown; there he asks his old pal D-Man to join him in his mission to A.I.M. island. D-Man declines, citing his commitment to the Night People....

Falcon tracks down Jesse Black Crow, hoping the shaman can help Cap. Jesse, confined to a wheelchair can't even help himself....

Free Spirit, Jack Flag, and Fabian leave Arnie Roth in the hospital and join Cap and company in a planning session aboard a SHIELD craft. Nick Fury goes over plans to invade Boca Caliente; seems that energy spikes have been coming from the island and it resembles the energy similar to that of the Cosmic Cube. Fury takes off, leaving Cap's team to their task....

In Boca Caliente, A.I.M. is sending MODAM down into the pit to try to repair a rupture in the containment vessel....

Near the island, Superia and Snapdragon (really Diamondback who has replaced her) await the arrival of Captain America to get him the antidote for his malady....

On the other side of the island, Cap has Fabian and Zack hold their robot army in reserve as he, Falcon, Free, and Jack swim underwater to reach the shore under cover. Cap sends Free and Jack to disable the security center....

At Avengers Mansion, Black Widow discovers that the latest energy spike comes from the island Cap had told them about and so they head to his aid....

Free and Jack are about to clobber two guards when the Red Skull appears, kills the guards and heads inside. The young heroes discover that the dead guards are some sort of androids and then two more appear, transforming into the Rhino and Knockout....

Fabian and Zack send the robot army out to wreak havoc....

Cap and Falcon come upon a crater where the energy spikes are coming from. Telling Sam to stay back, Cap leaps in, narrowly missing a spike but finding his power shutting down and his armor seizing up. Falcon is attacked by an Adaptoid guard that transforms into Killer Shrike....

As Cap lies paralyzed, having been thrown from the crater by the energy spike (I guess, it isn't really clear), he is approached by Superia, who injects something into his cheek and departs....

Story continues in AVENGERS #387.

Dave Hoover
Ashley Posella
Dave Hoover (Cover Penciler)
Dave Hoover (Cover Inker)
? (Cover Colorist)

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