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Captain America #12: Review

Oct 2013
Rick Remender, Carlos Pacheco

Story Name:

(No title given)

Review & Comments

Rating:
3.5 stars

Captain America #12 Review by (October 12, 2013)
Review: A new villain? Haven’t seen one of those in a while (I’m purposely ignoring Codename: Bravo). A baddie endowed with mystic power to level Earth’s playing field? Sounds different—until you get to the final page. Wait, isn’t this the Mandarin? Didn’t they have enough trouble getting him into the Iron Man movie franchise with his outdated Fu Manchu stereotypes? And now we’re creating another one? Have to see where this goes. Meanwhile, Nuke is back and he occupies the majority of the book, spouting his ideology while creating carnage. His problem is that he reminds me too much of Mad Stan from BATMAN BEYOND, an urban terrorist with a very outspoken anarchist agenda. Sure, the politics is different but Stan is treated almost as a joke character and it doesn’t help that Nuke is similarly over-the-top. So what else do we have? Cap cries. It’s a good thing they didn’t just have Cap forget about the losses of his son and lover two issues ago and even better that they don’t have him brood for a panel or two every issue or so just to remind the reader of the tragedy (as they would have done back in the 70s and 80s). Real men cry when the situation calls for it. Would have liked to see Cap do something else in the issue than summarize the plot and weep but with the decompressed nature of modern comics, that may be the best we can hope for.

Comments: First appearance/origin of the Iron Nail. At least I’m assuming it’s Fin Fang Foom (one of the last characters I would have expected to see in a Captain America comic. The solicit promised a look at the Weapon Minus program and a villain called Dr Mindbubble; neither shows up in the issue. Who writes these solicits and why aren’t they allowed to see the comics first?



 

Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Captain America #12 Synopsis by Peter Silvestro

Atop Mount Everest in 1968, a young man named Ran Shon employs a lion statuette to gain entrance into the lair of Fin Fang Foom. He requests of the dragon great power and is granted it….

Today in Brooklyn, the Falcon drops by the apartment of Steve Rogers and is apprehended by Steve’s deadly houseguest Jet Black. Making a hasty introduction, Steve suits up as Captain America and joins his high-flying pal on a jaunt across the rooftops. On the way he explains his exile in Dimension Z along with his and Jet’s losses. Cap confides in his friend the feelings of meaninglessness he faces, while Falcon offers what comfort he can….

In the Eastern European nation of Nrosvekistan, a young photojournalist from the Daily Bugle has come upon the carnage left by the villain Nuke—and suspects a connection to a rash of disappearances of the world’s richest people. Not far away, Nuke, spouting pro-American propaganda, drops from a copter and unleashes his big guns on the nation’s military, while keeping in contact with his hidden controller, a shadowy figure in China.

In China, this mysterious warlord is revealed to be behind the disappearances of the wealthy and powerful, setting them to slave labor in his goal to abolish all class and social distinctions around the world, this dragon-eyed mastermind who calls himself the Iron Nail….


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Carlos Pacheco
Klaus Janson
Rachelle Rosenberg
Carlos Pacheco (Cover Penciler)
Carlos Pacheco (Cover Inker)
Dean White (Cover Colorist)


Characters

Listed in Alphabetical Order.

Captain America
Captain America

(Steve Rogers)
Falcon
Falcon

(Sam Wilson)

Plus: Iron Nail, Jet Black, Nuke.