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Captain America #699: Review

Mar 2018
Mark Waid, Chris Samnee

Story Name:

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Review & Comments

Rating:
3 stars

Captain America #699 Review by (March 7, 2018)

Review: Well, that was easy. Too easy. Sad to say this about Mark Waid, an impressive Cap scribe in an earlier day but this sequence is not just simple but simplistic. I know Marvel wanted to distance themselves from the SECRET EMPIRE story but this, in its total lack of subtlety and complexity, seems to be the polar opposite. [And the cover is misleading, suggesting another classic battle between Hulk and Thing.] The previews suggest something even stranger to come, another jump across time! We'll see....

Comments: Bannered “Marvel Legacy” and “Out of Time.” Part two of three parts. Cap's Corner, an end of the issue feature, has Andy Gengler, Mel Perez, and Jake Botterell (three random readers) saying what Captain America means to them.




 

Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Captain America #699 Synopsis by Peter Silvestro

In the near future Washington of 2025, Captain America is trying to get past the sentries of King Babbington; he battles one large armored guard and discovers he is fighting the Hulk. He tries talking his old pal out of what he's doing but must rely on explosives put in Hulk's face to subdue him. Hulk transforms back to Bruce Banner and explains that he was brainwashed and that only one other superhero survived the blast radiation. Ordering his commandos to protect Banner, Cap and Liang proceed into the enemy stronghold....

King Babbington, a mutated figure who believes he is an elite ruling a city of special people, resents this uprising by the inferiors. He orders his troops to the logical place for Cap to go...

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...the castle's power plant. Cap and Liang examine the place and can't figure out the source of the power...until Cap spies Ben Grimm, the Thing. Ben has been personally turning the device that generates the power, in the belief that he is single-handedly keeping the people of the USA alive.

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When Cap reveals that Ben has been deceived by the villainous Rampart, he goes berserk, smashing the machinery until Cap calms him down, sending him out to the perimeter wall where he uses a Reed-developed weapon to smash the castle's walls. Cap leads the rebel forces inside and to the throne room to confront King Babbington.

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The King, however, uses his mental powers to try to enslave Cap, while mocking the hero's defense of the inferior multitudes. Babbington demands Cap hand over his shield; instead, Cap hurls it and conks the King on his oversized noggin....

What next? Cap is asked. He explains about vigilance—how others will try to seize power in this newly-created vacuum; he offers his services as protector and suggests Liang for leader. But the people want Cap as their leader....


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


Characters

Listed in Alphabetical Order.

Captain America
Captain America

(Steve Rogers)
Hulk
Hulk

(Bruce Banner)
Thing
Thing

(Ben Grimm)