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Captain America #3: Review

Jan 2013
Rick Remender, John Romita Jr.

Story Name:

(Castaway in Dimension Z, Chapter Three)

Review & Comments

3.5 stars

Captain America #3 Review by (January 19, 2013)
Review: Rick Remender continues his homage to the crazy Kirby run of the late 70s though it’s darker and grimmer than Jack’s goofy adrenaline rush. And the art is still hard to get used to, with JRJR’s cartoony style made gritty by Janson’s inks. This issue seems laden with backstory: not only do we have a longer section on Steve’s childhood but the tale begins with the unsurprising revelation that Arnim Zola was a mad scientist back when he looked normal. Meanwhile, Cap agonizes over Ian and falls into the “he’s right behind you” trope like a total Nimrod. I hope this story is going somewhere. The only promising aspect is the hint that there’s more to the little girl Jet than meets the eye—especially since the previews show her as an adult in the next issue.

Comments: Arnie Roth first appeared in CAPTAIN AMERICA #268 as a childhood friend of Steve’s. Issue includes a column “Letters to a Living Legend.”


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Captain America #3 Synopsis by Peter Silvestro

Switzerland 1929: Dr. Arnim Zola is interrupted by the visit of a villager looking for his missing wife and dog; Zola denies having seen them and sends the man away, then returns to his lab where he resumes work on the dog—with the woman’s head attached. Now in Dimension Z, Zola is preparing his daughter Jet for the trials. Dressed in a special suit to dampen her omnisenses, she is sent against an army of warriors….

In the cavern of the Phrox, Captain America and young Ian are about to be executed—decapitated with Cap’s shield—as they were mistaken for minions of Zola (last issue). Cap breaks free and snatches the boy out from under the shield and battles the Phrox leader Zofjor. As he finally gets his translator working, he hears one of the guards, Ksul, defending him before his liege by citing Cap’s whirlwind action against Zola’s mutates. Zofjor grants Cap a temporary reprieve and the two outsiders go home with Ksul….

Lower East Side, 1930: young Steve Rogers, sketching in a book, attracts the attention of a girl named Deidre Doyle. She is impressed with his drawing but they are interrupted by the local gang led by Hutch who are chasing and beating a kid named Arnie Roth. Steve intervenes and is likewise beaten by the punks. Deidre goes off with Hutch and the two wounded misfits walk home. Arnie and Steve become friends that day….

In Ksul’s home, Steve paints a portrait of Sharon Carter to try to regain use of his broken hand. Cap learns from his host that the Phrox are the only tribe still around, the other having been driven off by Zola’s monsters. Cap suggests that the Phrox should rise up against the tyrant Zofjor but as it turns out, the brute is right behind him; Zofjor shoots Ksul in the face and beats Cap who doesn’t have the strength to match him. Cap, slashed across the stomach, clouts his enemy with a huge rock and hurries off into the wilderness. He rips open his shirt to discover—the face of Arnim Zola glowing in the center of his chest….

John Romita Jr.
Klaus Janson
Lee Loughridge
John Romita Jr. (Cover Penciler)
Klaus Janson (Cover Inker)
Dean White (Cover Colorist)


Listed in Alphabetical Order.

Captain America
Captain America

(Steve Rogers)

Plus: Arnie Roth, Arnim Zola, Ian.

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