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Captain America #697: Review

Jan 2018
Mark Waid, Chris Samnee

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Review & Comments

2.5 stars

Captain America #697 Review by (January 6, 2018)

Comments: Bannered “Marvel Legacy” and “Home of the Brave” of which this is part 3. Also features a “Where is Wolverine?” medal on the cover, plus its special feature at the end of the issue. Cap's Corner, an end of the issue feature, has artist Chris Samnee and two readers saying what Captain America means to them.

Review: Eh. A simplified rehash of THE MOST DANGEROUS GAME (go see the 1932 movie, it's really cool) doesn't add anything to it other than some nice layouts by Chris Samnee. We all know Kraven is no match for Cap so there is hardly any suspense and the action scenes are rather perfunctory. And David being a bad guy wasn't hard to see coming. Result: sorry to say this about a story by Mark Waid but it just seems like filler. And the story merely serves as a prelude to what looks like a genuine multi-issue story arc. So we'll see where it goes.  


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Captain America #697 Synopsis by Peter Silvestro

Captain America bursts out of the ice block he was trapped in last issue and tries to get his bearings. He crashes out of the back of a van to find himself surrounded by a ragtag band of revolutionaries, many of whom are sporting mutations and who didn't believe he was actually alive inside the ice block they stole from the enemy who were using it as a monument.

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They show him that they are in the ruins of Washington DC and see a team of enemy soldiers on the way; they run for cover but one of their group is not so lucky: he is spotted by the soldiers and summarily executed. The rebels have to hold Cap down to prevent him from interfering which could only get more of the killed.

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Rebel leader Liang fills him in on recent history: the Forty-Minute War occurred, where a massive nuclear strike destroyed the nation and 90% of the population were killed; all of the superheroes died in the aftermath. The attack is suspected to have been triggered by the fascist Rampart and their leader Maximillian Babbington now rules as “King Baby” atop his towering stronghold along with the chosen elite. America is now a police state where the freedoms are unknown; Cap tries to explain the Bill of Rights to Liang and gets his biggest shock: it is only 2025—he was frozen for only seven years....

In the Rampart castle, a bureaucrat called Shores is sent in to explain the loss of the frozen Captain America to the King. He nervously approaches the throne and explains the measures being taken to recover Cap. The King has him killed anyway....

Drones are deployed to search for Cap; one spots a kid wearing a Captain America shirt and prepares to sedate him but Cap is on the scene to destroy the drones as only Captain America can. He also defeats a squad of Rapidtroops. After posing for a selfie with the kid, he tells Liang: “We're going to take our country back.”

Preview Pages
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Chris Samnee
Chris Samnee
Matthew Wilson
Chris Samnee (Cover Penciler)
Chris Samnee (Cover Inker)
Matthew Wilson (Cover Colorist)


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