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Captain America #36: Review

Dec 2000
Dan Jurgens, Dan Jurgens

Story Name:

Maelstrom Within

Review & Comments

3 stars

Captain America #36 Review by (September 21, 2013)
Review: Bland tie-in to a big event results in a small event: Cap battles a mediocre villain at the Statue of Liberty and ends with some irrelevant patriotic mumblings. Mercurio is an odd and obscure villain, having fought Thor and Captain Marvel in a few issues. His powers consist of the ability to shoot fire out of one hand and ice from the other; fun fact: he is not from the Fourth-Dimension, it’s just a name to make him seem more science-fictional (science-fictitious?) than he is. The art saves this tale, which Jurgens apparently wrote without any particular enthusiasm—but his art makes it readable.

Comments: This issue ties in with the MAXIMUM SECURITY miniseries, falling between issues #1 and 2. The Nick Fury/David Ferrari subplot will be resolved in issues #42-44.


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Captain America #36 Synopsis by Peter Silvestro

Captain America rescues his girlfriend Connie Ferrarri from rampaging alien criminals and delivers her safely to Steve Rogers’ door—without letting her catch on to his secret identity. He heads over to Avengers Mansion to find out what is going on with these alien interlopers….

As David Ferrari breaks into Hydra headquarters, Nick Fury, watching via surveillance camera, finally has confirmation that Ferrari is alive….

At the Mansion, Cap is accosted by monsters which are driven off by a scientist named Sarron wielding a weapon he calls a dimensional oscillator. Sarron explains that the aliens are prisoners sentenced to Earth and that he has mounted a larger version of his device atop the Statue of Liberty’s torch—but he needs Cap’s shield as a power source to drive off all the aliens. A suspicious Cap agrees but after the shield is placed in the machine Sarron reveals himself as the villain Mercurio the Fourth-Dimensional Man and intends to escape Earth alone. As the machine threatens to wreck Miss Liberty, Cap rips his shield out and the feedback apparently destroys Mercurio. Cap heads back to the fight against tyranny….

Dan Jurgens
Art Thibert
Gregory Wright
Dan Jurgens (Cover Penciler)
Art Thibert (Cover Inker)
Chris Sotomayor (Cover Colorist)


Listed in Alphabetical Order.

Captain America
Captain America

(Steve Rogers)

Plus: Connie Ferrari, Mercurio (Fourth-Dimensional Man), The Answer (David Ferrari).

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