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Captain America #701: Review

May 2018
Mark Waid, Leonardo Romero

Story Name:

Promised Land Part One

Review & Comments

Rating:
4.5 stars

Captain America #701 Review by (May 2, 2018)

Review: Aaaand it has been revealed that Cap will start over with a new creative team in a new #1 this year—and it will be addressing the fallout of the Secret Empire event. So the Waid and Samnee series was just a placeholder until every other Marvel title was ready for a new #1. So Imagine my surprise when this issue turned out to be really good. With the emphasis on Cap's legacy rather than his battles with stale baddies (or even new baddies), the story loses some of the more self-conscious hero-worship problems and can tell a story with Cap's heroism informing it not overwhelming it. And this Promised Land where Cap's ideals make a paradise is cool, even if it is a bit too optimistic in these bitterly divided days for the USA.

Comments: Full art credits are Art: Leonardo Romero with Adam Hughes & J.G. Jones. Colors: Matthew Wilson with Adam Hughes and Paul Mounts. Hughes does the France 1944 section and Jones the 1968 part. Cap's Corner, an end of the issue feature, has schoolteacher Art Chupka saying what Captain America means to him.






 

Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Captain America #701 Synopsis by Peter Silvestro

France: 1944: A Nazi doctor is trying to escape with a sample of Dr Erskine's Super-Soldier formula; Captain America battles Warrior Woman while Bucky pursues and captures the doc.

This turns out to be a tale told by historian Jackson Rogers (a descendant of Steve Rogers) to his critically ill son Steve in the distant future. In this world, Cap's democratic ideals have transformed the planet: disease has been eradicated by use of a modified version of the Super-Soldier Serum, the nations (and planets) are at peace, especially with the Kree, and there are flying cars, of course.

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But for some reason, Steve is dying, the Serum having no effect on him. Frustrated with the lack of progress by doctors, he heads to the White House to speak to the President. Jack asks President Robbins to declassify the records on the formula's development as there might be an unexplored avenue. But General Pursur, who supervises the formula program, rejects his appeal and he controls the President in this matter....

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1968: At the request of Nick Fury, Steve Rogers went undercover as a roadie for Rick Jones' rock band to discover how drugs are being smuggled. Cap not only finds drugs in the drum set but sees the mastermind behind it: Dr Faustus. Faustus uses a special mind-altering gun to erase the memories of his roadie accomplices but then discovers that the third roadie is Captain America....

Back in the distant future, at night, Jack Rogers sneaks into the White House and searches General Pursur's office: he uncovers Operation Starmarch. The Serum is being used to turn its recipients into sleeper agents, soon to become mindless soldiers for the Kree Empire. The General's AI detects the intrusion and alerts the guards. Jack flees the building as General Pursur alerts the peacekeepers that he is a terrorist....


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Leonardo Romero
Matthew Wilson
Michael Cho (Cover Penciler)
Michael Cho (Cover Inker)
Michael Cho (Cover Colorist)


Characters

Listed in Alphabetical Order.

Bucky Barnes
Bucky Barnes

(James Barnes)
Captain America
Captain America

(Steve Rogers)

Plus: General Pursur, Jackson Rogers, President Robbins, Warrior Woman.