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Captain America #6: Review

Apr 2013
Rick Remender, John Romita Jr.

Story Name:

(Castaway in Dimension Z, Chapter Six)

Review & Comments

Rating:
4 stars

Captain America #6 Review by (April 21, 2013)
Review: A more attractive issue with added inkers Tom Palmer and Scott Hanna to take the dark edge off Klaus Janson’s usual look. Together, they give JRJR’s pencils a softer more natural feel which does not violate the mood of the story. This episode is built around Ian and Jet who are torn between the two father figures of the tale, the good and noble Cap and the demented Arnim Zola. And both fathers are becoming more ruthless in their struggle for the hearts and minds of the kids. Odd note: it’s been a while since we’ve seen Steve’s miserable youth (though he mentions his dad in passing); have we moved beyond this finally? Sure hope so.

Comments: The solicit reads “Steve Rogers is dead; long live Captain Zola!” This doesn’t happen in this issue. Issue includes a column “Letters to a Living Legend.”



 

Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Captain America #6 Synopsis by Peter Silvestro

In Dimension Z, Jet Black prays for forgiveness to an image of her father/god, Arnim Zola, for her feelings about Captain America. She feels she is being tested by witnessing Cap’s power and compassion, which she found strangely attractive….

Cap, meanwhile, determined to rescue his son Ian, assaults Zola’s fortress with the aim of putting an end to Arnim Zola once an for all….

Jet dresses Ian in an outfit suitable for the son of Arnim Zola but the boy balks, insisting the Captain America is his father. Jet’s father taught her that all life is a struggle and coming out on top is all that matters; Ian responds that his father taught him about the need to protect the weak and to never compromise the good. She brushes off his concerns….

As Cap becomes increasingly bitter and angry about the fate that trapped him in Zola’s world, he penetrates further into the stronghold, and discovers a pit where the mad villain dumps the bodies of failed attempts to clone Cap. He keeps going. In the lab, Zola is working on transforming a Phrox woman into the latest Cap lone now that he believes he has found a way to compensate for the Super-Soldier Serum in Cap’s DNA. Just as it looks like he is about to succeed, Zola is interrupted by a guard informing him that Captain America is in Zolandia; the as-yet-unstable clone bleeds out and dies and the body dumped into the pit where Cap is treading softly. Determined not to lose his son, Cap soldiers on….

Jet brings Ian to their father for his lessons an Arnim Zola presents himself as a loving yet concerned father—and straps him into a brainwashing device that shows him a slanted version of Captain America’s recruitment of Bucky—another kid trained to be a killer for his "insane" crusade….

Later, Jet Black is found in her quarters (after a shower) by Cap who holds a gun on her. She has convinced herself that all of Cap’s moral qualities have some sort of selfish motive behind them, and that he will not pull the trigger. She accuses him of having been mentally crippled by too many years in the wilderness and that he is a kidnapper not a father. Cap shuts her up and demands she help him find Ian. When she refuses, Cap pulls the trigger….

Meanwhile, Zola’s brainwashing of Ian has progressed to the point where the boy acknowledges that Cap is a villain and Zola is god….


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John Romita Jr.
Tom Palmer
Dean White
John Romita Jr. (Cover Penciler)
Klaus Janson (Cover Inker)
Dean White (Cover Colorist)


Characters

Listed in Alphabetical Order.

Captain America
Captain America

(Steve Rogers)

Plus: Arnim Zola, Ian, Jet Black.