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Captain America #3: Review

Mar 1998
Mark Waid, Ron Garney

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Museum Piece

Review & Comments

3 stars

Captain America #3 Review by (January 15, 2011)
I have a difficult time thinking that the original triangular shield would be easier to use than the circular one we all know and love. We're going old-school Cap here.

Captain America #3 Review by (April 14, 2012)
Review: Another well put-together issue introduces one very bizarre character: the Sensational Hydra. Kevin’s synopsis does not hint at how outrageous this guy is. When we first encounter him, he is hiding inside a life-sized statue of MODAM supplying the voice. He then chops off the arm of an underling, expecting two to grow in its place; he is disappointed that it is only a metaphor. And at the end of the issue he is pretending the severed arm is a baseball bat. The character is a strange one but he helps spice up the usually boring Hydra. What is even stranger is that he is revealed to be a Skrull in a later issue; now who would have expected a zany sense of humor from the Skrulls? Fortunately the goofy Sensational Hydra does not overwhelm the story or distract from Cap’s heroics.

Comments: Avengers appearing include Thor, Tony Stark (not in his Iron Man armor), Wasp, Giant-Man, Hawkeye, Black Panther, Hercules, Quasar, Black Widow, Machine Man, Tigra, Spider-Woman (Julia Carpenter), and the Sub-Mariner. Cap uses the triangular shield until it is damaged in issue #7. Hostage negotiator James McElroy was previously seen in Captain America (1968) #444. Inside joke: note the figure behind Cap in the two-page spread revealing the new shield; it can only be called Xuperman. Dialogue was accidentally omitted from page 17; it will be supplied on the letters page of issue #4.


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Captain America #3 Synopsis by Kevin Hollander

At Avengers Mansion, Tony Stark creates a new shield for Cap to use until his original can be retreived from the Atlantic Ocean. Initial tests do not go well and Cap has trouble adapting to the new model.

As he leaves he is swarmed by an ever-increasing number of fans. Their attention approaches on idol worship and continues to make him uncomfortable. He passes an electronics store and learns that Hydra has taken over the Smithsonian Museum. They are calling out Captain America in the hopes of gaining revenge on him for stopping their previous attack.

Cap arrives and navigates through the gauntlet they have prepared for him and finds two school children that remained behind when the building was evacuated. During a critical fight with Hydra, he loses his new shield and is wounded. He grabs a museum replica of his original triangular shield and is able to eventually overpower the remaining terrorists. As a token of their appreciation, the Smithsonian gives him the shield. Cap thanks them and comments on the familiarity of this particular shield.

Once outside Cap addresses the press and announces that he is declaring war on Hydra for their constant attacks. He will not stop until they have been eradicated.

From their hidden base, the new Hydra leader – calling himself The Sensational Hydra – begins to plan his next attack. This one involves Batroc the Leaper.

Ron Garney
Bob Wiacek
Joe Rosas
Ron Garney (Cover Penciler)
Bob Wiacek (Cover Inker)


Listed in Alphabetical Order.

Batroc the Leaper
Batroc the Leaper

(Georges Batroc)
Black Panther
Black Panther

Black Widow
Black Widow

(Natasha Romanoff)
Captain America
Captain America

(Steve Rogers)

(Clint Barton)
Iron Man
Iron Man

(Tony Stark)

(Wendell Vaughn)


(Greer Nelson)

Plus: Giant-Man (Scott Lang), Hordes of HYDRA, Sensational Hydra, Spider-Woman (Julia Carpenter).

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