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Captain America #10: Review

May 2003
Chuck Austen, Jae Lee

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(No title given)

Review & Comments

3 stars

Captain America #10 Review by (June 16, 2010)
Review: A new artist takes over—in the middle of a story arc—as Chuck Austen goes from co-writer to chief scripter and sanity goes out the window. It looks like Austen wanted to move the story in a different direction than Rieber planned: the story shifts from Native American rights to a conspiracy thriller, an Atlentean woman is brought in out of nowhere (actually to set up the next story arc), and the story’s initial focus on Cap as neighborhood hero is openly ridiculed. The Captain America who was focused amidst the chaos in the New Deal arc is here presented as even more confused and misguided than the nation he thinks he serves. At this point the character becomes hard to root for, as it seems the new writer is using him as a pawn in his own political agenda. Hope this gets better soon.

Comments: “The Extremists, Part 4 of 5.” Villains who appear in the vision include the Red Skull, Baron Zemo, Baron Blood, Baron Strucker, Madame Hydra (Viper), and MODOK. No explanation of why Hana has pink skin like Namor instead of blue like all other Atlanteans. First appearance of the Vengeance, SHIELD’s new sky-destroyer.


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Captain America #10 Synopsis by Julio Molina-Muscara
Having imbibed the bitters of a Native American vision quest, Captain America is hallucinating on the beach near the devastated city of Miami. He sees the concerned crowd as figures from his past, mainly enemies, and lashes out, injuring the innocent. Reliving the death of Bucky he falls into the water and is kept from drowning by an Atlantean woman whom he sees as Sharon Carter. Fighting off the hallucinations in his determination to stop Inali Redpath from destroying the city, he returns to reality to find the Atlantean woman is real. Hana had rescued him from the ocean and taken him to safety in the shelter of a ruined building. Nick Fury arrives and informs Cap that the order to investigate Inali’s death did not come from him. After they share intel, Fury explains that Inali was sent to investigate the cloning lab (which was not SHIELD’s) and emerged with storm powers and an army of followers. Samantha Twotrees and Barricade, rogue SHIELD agents, arrived and when Inali was believed killed, the troops switched sides. Fury then drops the bombshell: Inali’s troops were clones of Cap and Bucky….

Jae Lee
Jae Lee
Jose Villarrubia
John Cassaday (Cover Penciler)
John Cassaday (Cover Inker)
John Cassaday (Cover Colorist)


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Plus: Hana of Atlantis, Inali Redpath.

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