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Captain America #3: Review

Jan 1997
Jeph Loeb, Rob Liefeld

Story Name:

Patriotism

Review & Comments

Rating:
2 stars

Captain America #3 Review by (July 9, 2010)
Great concept that got derailed by melodramatic dialogue and below average artwork. Backgrounds were a scarce commodity.

From a continuity standpoint, it is very confusing to have Fury bring Cap into the Avengers at this point. In Avengers Vol. 2 #1 Cap is already a member, speaking cryptically about what happened now. They didn't even bother to explain that this story takes place prior to Avengers #1. Realistically the first three issues of this series could have been condensed into issue #1 and then lead into the other series with details to follow. Liefeld is doing both books, there shouldn't be a problem structuring this to follow some loose continuity with another series. They missed a huge opportunity to induct Cap into the Avengers in issue #4 of that series just as Stan and Jack did originally. Tribute cover and all. That should have been a no-brainer.



 

Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Captain America #3 Synopsis by Kevin Hollander
1945, The Oval Office. Captain America meets with President Harry Truman following the victory in Germany. He informs Cap that due to the expected loss of life needed to win the war against Japan, they have dropped atomic bomb on Hiroshima. He knows that the American public will have difficulty accepting this and orders Cap to address the nation in support of this plan. Cap respectfully declines and leaves with the intention of going public with this information. Truman asks his adviser General Ross what can be done. He introduces the President to Sergeant Nick Fury, newly-appointed leader of S.H.I.E.L.D., who promises to make the problem go away.

Now: Fury concludes his tale of Cap's past. Borrowing a plan from Hitler called "Operation: Sleeper", S.H.I.E.L.D. was able to alter his memories temporarily, making him forget he was Captain America. When his memories returned, he would be reprogrammed and assigned a new job. The super-soldier serum in his bloodstream kept him young, making it easier to fit him into new lives.

Fury offers him a choice: get reprogrammed and start a new life or resume his duties as Captain America. Rogers chooses the latter. He is given a new costume and membership to and exclusive club: The Avengers.

Later on, Cap arrives in Arlington National Cemetery and pays his respects to Abraham Wilson. At the grave is Wilson's son Sam. When Cap attempts to offer his condolences, Wilson snaps at him, blaming him for his father's death. Before Cap can explain himself, he is attacked and battered unconscious by another agent of the Red Skull - Crossbones.

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Rob Liefeld
Jon Sibal
Andy Troy
Rob Liefeld (Cover Penciler)
Jon Sibal (Cover Inker)


Characters

Listed in Alphabetical Order.

Captain America
Captain America

(Steve Rogers)
Falcon
Falcon

(Sam Wilson)
Red Skull
Red Skull

(Johann Shmidt)

Plus: Crossbones, Dum Dum Dugan, Master Man, President Harry S. Truman (Harry S. Truman).