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Captain America #5: Review

Mar 1997
Jeph Loeb, Rob Liefeld

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1 stars

Captain America #5 Review by (July 10, 2010)
A blood transfusion that involves ingesting someone else's blood is too gross to put into words. [And Peter wants to know why Cap's blood is green and glowing.] The simple plot of escape, fight, and stop the missiles was mangled. We have another preachy fight scene and superficial introspection thrown in for some reason. Again, the Red Skull is the only believable character. There was no noticeable tension during the story. They seem to be content with lots of flashy action pages that cover up the oversights. A grand total of five issues has been used to tell a story that Stan and Jack could have done in one or two depending on what mood Kirby was in at the time. This was a chance to tell a complete Cap / Red Skull story that could have been capped off by capturing the Red Skull (since it's in an alternate universe and doesn't count) and they blew it. Master Man was added for no particular reason and he was a complete waste of time.


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Captain America #5 Synopsis by Kevin Hollander
Following the tracking device they embedded in Captain America's costume, the S.H.I.E.L.D. heli-carrier arrives at the World Party headquarters. Nick Fury prepares his agents for the upcoming battle against the group of neo-Nazis.

Inside the abandoned church, Cap takes out the squad of World Party mercenaries as well as Master Man. The Red Skull realizes that he's outgunned and leaves. Cap then turns his attention to the dying Sam Wilson. Wilson now insists that Cap go after the Skull. In desperation he cuts his hand with his shield and allows Wilson to swallow some of his blood. His hope is that the super-solider serum will keep Wilson alive long enough for medical treatment.

Master Man leaves the cell and makes his way to the armory. He sees Rikki Barnes tied to the missile headed for Los Angeles and prepares to launch it. Cap arrives in the nick of time and frees Rikki, who in turn steals the master control unit for the missiles. A revived and invigorated Sam Wilson appears and helps Cap defeat Master Man once and for all.

Fury arrives to arrest Master Man and any other members of the World Party. He informs Cap that the Red Skull managed to escape.

There is an non-verbal understanding between Fury and Rogers. Despite their differing attitudes on the situation, they can't argue about the results. They just saved the world from nuclear armageddon.

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


Listed in Alphabetical Order.

Captain America
Captain America

(Steve Rogers)

(Sam Wilson)
Red Skull
Red Skull

(Johann Shmidt)

Plus: Bucky (Rikki Barnes), Master Man.

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