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Captain America #50: Review

Feb 2002
Dan Jurgens, Dan Jurgens

Story Name:

Silent Night, Silent Morning

Review & Comments

Rating:
4 stars

Captain America #50 Review by (September 22, 2017)
Comments: Extra-large issue was the last of this series. Cover gives the overall issue number as #518. “Silent Night, Silent Morning:” This wordless story was part of Marvel’s “’Nuff Said” month. “Keep in Mind:” Steve does not appear in uniform as Cap in this story. “Relics:” The Saturday Night Live sketch has actors impersonating Cap, Wolverine, Ghost Rider and the Punisher. “A Moment of Silence:” Captain America does not appear in this story. “Stars & Stripes Forever:” Other heroes seen at Cap’s funeral include Spider-Man, various X-Men (Wolverine, Cyclops, Jean Gray, Beast, Storm, Colossus, Nightcrawler), Defenders (Dr. Strange, Silver Surfer, Valkyrie, Hellcat, Nighthawk), Daredevil, She-Hulk, Hercules, Jack of Hearts, Stingray, and Doc Samson. The comic book guy is holding a copy of ADVENTURES OF CAPTAIN AMERICA #1.



 

Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Captain America #50 Synopsis by Peter Silvestro

Office worker Lloyd Grunnell is laid off on Christmas Eve. On his way home through the snow, he drops his last five dollars into a charity pot. Determined not to let his problems affect his family’s holiday, he puts on a cheerful front, even when he discovers he has no cash at home. Heading out to a toy store in desperation, his "shopping trip" is violently interrupted by a battling Captain America and the Absorbing Man crashing through the wall. Cap has a hard time against his element-shifting enemy until Lloyd hurls a bag of cotton balls at the villain, allowing Cap to defeat him easily. As the police haul Absorbing Man away, he confesses to Cap that he was out to pick up a gift for his girlfriend. Lloyd is then surprised with a twenty-thousand dollar check, a reward from the store management for helping Cap defeat the villain. Cap then takes the stunned fellow on a shopping trip.

The next morning, Lloyd’s kids find gifts under the tree and his wife is presented with a lovely necklace. In another part of the city, the Absorbing Man’s girlfriend receives the same necklace, courtesy of Lloyd and Captain America.


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Story #2

Nuff Said - We Dared Them

Writer: Dan Jurgens.

Synopsis / Summary / Plot

The script for the previous story.


Story #3

Keep in Mind

Writer: Kathryn Kuder. Penciler: Stuart Immonen. Inker: Stuart Immonen. Colorist: Stuart Immonen.

Synopsis / Summary / Plot

An elderly man named Scott visits a classroom of young children to talk about his experiences during World War 2. As copilot on a reconnaissance plane, he was shot down and barely made it back to safety. He closes by mentioning the feeling of solidarity with the people he was fighting for and tells them that it takes as much courage to live in peace as well as fight for it. While he has been telling his story, Steve Rogers has been shown visiting a battlefield and cemetery in France. As the kids bombard Mr. Scott with questions, Steve stands silent, remembering the sacrifices of his comrades.


Story #4

To the Core

Writer: Dan Jurgens. Penciler: Rick Veitch. Penciler: John Romita. Penciler: Dan Jurgens. Penciler: Mike Zeck. Penciler: Ron Frenz. Penciler: Sal Buscema. Inker: Al Gordon. Inker: Sal Buscema. Inker: Bruce Timm. Inker: Bob Layton. Inker: Tom Palmer. Colorist: Edgar Tadeo.

Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Captain America visits an old house in a remote area, explaining to an unseen companion about a test he has prepared. Gas fills the room and suddenly Cap is back battling the Nazis alongside Bucky. The scene changes and he is struggling agains the Super-Adaptoid, then the Dragon Man. The latter knocks him from a roof where he is rescued by a young Falcon. Then on a rooftop he spies the murdered Roscoe and relives his brief career as Nomad, and concludes that Steve Rogers is a man, Captain America is a symbol but he is one person not two, and his life experiences made what he is. We see he has been talking to Sharon Carter and the house is a SHIELD facility where a truth gas unlocks subject deepest memories. Cap did this to open up to Sharon, hoping to win her back. She requests more time to think things through; he grants it to her. They kiss. And watch the sunrise.


Story #5

Relics

Writer: Brian David-Marshall. Penciler: Igor Kordey. Inker: Igor Kordey. Colorist: Avalon Studios.

Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Steve Rogers sits at home, taking a call from Sharon Carter requesting more time to think about their relationship, while idly tossing around his shield. Later, watching a Saturday Night Live sketch lampooning him, he receives a phone call from Nick Fury, trying to cheer him up. Suddenly Steve hears a beeping in his closet: it is a long-forgotten signal device, reporting a missing nuclear bomb turning up in New Jersey. As Captain America, he heads to the site indicated: a fenced-off abandoned town. Scaling the fence he finds a suburban neighborhood populated by elderly folk dressed as the Red Skull; overwhelmed by the mob he awakens to find himself chained inside a Nazi church with the bomb on the altar before him. The leader explains his group were Nazis relocated to the US and pardoned in exchange for reveling Hitler’s nuclear secrets; betrayed by the US government, they recovered a hidden bomb and aged into a suicide cult, planning now to detonate the bomb in a final act of revenge. Cap breaks loose and, holding off the Nazis, rips the detonator from the bomb and hurls it out the window. Seconds later there is an explosion….

Later, Nick Fury and his team, in hazmat suits are combing the rubble of the church for any sign of Captain America….


Story #6

A Moment of Silence

Writer: Jen Van Meter. Penciler: Brian Hurt. Inker: Jim Mahfood.

Synopsis / Summary / Plot

At an elementary school, the kids are playing at superheroes when shy Ranji, an Indian boy, asks if he can have a turn at being Captain America. Mark, the group’s leader, agrees. Later, an announcement is made over the school speaker that Captain America has been reported killed in a bomb blast in New Jersey. A group of white boys attack Ranji in the classroom because he is "foreign," thinking he hated Cap and Mark refuses to get involved. A saddened Ranji goes home to his room which is covered with pictures of his idol, and he tells his mother that Captain America is dead.


Story #7

Stars & Stripes Forever

Penciler: Kevin Maguire. Inker: Kevin Maguire. Colorist: Avalon Studios.

Synopsis / Summary / Plot

The nation reacts to reports of Captain America’s death (in order): Iron Man, Janet and Hank Pym, Union Jack, Jack Monroe, Thor, Mister Hyde, Namor, MODOK, elderly veteran, Tony Stark, skateboarder, Rick Jones, J. Jonah Jameson, the Fantastic Four, the Mad Thinker, crazy homeless man, Dum Dum Dugan and other SHIELD agents, the Absorbing Man, USAgent, Black Widow, Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch, Hydra, Arnim Zola, Henry Peter Gyrich, Hawkeye, barroom cynic, Doctor Doom, Whirlwind, Hulk, a police officer, Jarvis, a comic book guy, Black Panther, Batroc, the Red Skull, Nick Fury, and finally Sharon Carter. At his well-attended funeral, Sam (the Falcon) Wilson gives the eulogy for the fallen hero.

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Dan Jurgens
Bob Layton
Avalon Studios
Gene Ha (Cover Penciler)


Characters

Listed in Alphabetical Order.

Absorbing Man
Absorbing Man

(Crusher Creel)
Captain America
Captain America

(Steve Rogers)

Plus: Nazis.