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Captain America #21: Review

Sep 1999
Mark Waid, Andy Kubert

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4 stars

Captain America #21 Review by (January 15, 2018)

Comments: Cap story: Part two of three parts. Nick Fury story: Part two of two. DC Comics staff and a guard saying that Vibranium is Klaw's Kryptonite reveal that at the very least DC comics are part of the Marvel Universe, if not the characters themselves. Fort Avison may be named for Al Avison, Cap artist from the Golden Age. Oh and certain comics creators can be recognized at the ball game: George Perez, Peter David, and Kurt Busiek.

Review: Cap must sacrifice his shield to save the world! Don't know why he should balk, he understands sacrifice for one's country (he always has the example of Bucky Barnes in his mind) but for a comic book, this is mind-blowing. What will Cap do? While we're pondering that question, we have subplots featuring Sharon Carter, Connie Ferrari, and Klaw to wade through as well. Another cool issue if a bit cramped with all those subplots and Nick Fury too. For review of the Sgt Fury tale, see the previous issue.  


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Captain America #21 Synopsis by Peter Silvestro

Staffers of Marvel and DC are playing softball in Central Park when Captain America suddenly appears among them, warning them to evacuate the area. The teams are no sooner gone than an Avengers Quinjet crashes onto the field. Cap rescues Giant-Man (Hank Pym) from the wreckage and Wasp arrives to help him get Hank back to the Mansion. There, they wonder if the sudden malfunction of the Quinjet could be related to Tony Stark's news—and then there is an explosion downstairs....

In Turkey, Sharon Carter meets her contact Alanya and they head to Turkish Secret Service headquarters where Sharon is introduced to Director Mehmet Kemel—who has been transformed into an ankylosaurus....

Connie Ferrari speaks with a client, Mr. Chakara, whose brother is being held illegally by the US Immigration Service. She promises to look into it but is soon approached by a pair of thugs warning her off the case....

The explosion in the cellar of Avengers Mansion turns out to be their stores of Vibranium detonating; Cap uses his electroshield to force the blast into the ground. Cap then goes to see Tony Stark; Tony reveals that Cap's repair of his shield during the Secret Wars resulted in a tiny flaw in its Vibranium construction, one which has been building up a nasty charge ever since, spreading to all other Vibranium objects in the world like an increasingly violent cancer (Tony's term), causing them to explode—until it will eventually detonate the Vibranium mountain in Wakanda and destroy the Earth....

Fort Avison, Maine: Klaw, Master of Sound, is imprisoned behind Vibranium bars, when they suddenly explode, freeing the baddie who pursues the energy trail to find its source....

Tony informs Cap that he can invent something that would nullify the vibrations—but it would mean destroying what's left of Cap's shield....

2. “Sgt. Fury in Bloodline Part 2”

Writer: Bill Rosemann. Art: Vince Evans.

Synopsis: Prisoner of the Germans, Sgt. Nick Fury is offered immortality by the Nazi vampire Baron Blood. Fury spits in his eye and is knocked to the floor for his troubles. Blood moves on tot he American Colonel Poprycz who begs to becomes a vampire; Fury denounces him as a traitor and passes out. After some time, Fury awakens to find himself free. Exploring the bunker, he discovers his men are unharmed by each of the Germans has been killed brutally. A dying Nazi tells them that after Baron Blood was called away, Poprycz killed them all then committed suicide by opening the door letting the sunlight in. Fury realizes that Poprycz was not a traitor but sacrificed his life to gain the power to defeat the enemy and save Fury and his men.  

Andy Kubert
Jesse Delperdang
Gregory Wright
Andy Kubert (Cover Penciler)
Jesse Delperdang (Cover Inker)
Chris Sotomayor (Cover Colorist)


Listed in Alphabetical Order.

Captain America
Captain America

(Steve Rogers)

(Hank Pym)

(Janet Van Dyne)

Plus: Baron Blood, Connie Ferrari.

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