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Captain America #11: Review

May 2003
Chuck Austen, Jae Lee

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(No title given)

Review & Comments

3 stars

Captain America #11 Review by (June 16, 2010)
Review: Aaaaack, another Clone Saga!!! Sorry…I panicked for a moment. Let me catch my breath. Okay, I’m back. The story arc still struggles with a confused focus and theme but Cap’s credo of the “better American” (see issue #8) becomes absurd. The utterly subjective ideal of “following one’s heart” for the good of all mankind is a joke, as that is exactly what the villain thinks he is doing with his terrorist scheme. Prisons are full of people who followed their heart and did what they thought best. The question is who defines “right?” And Thor’s final advice is no better, and sounds even more like “Might makes right.” Biggest omission: we never see the outcome of the Thor vs. Haokah battle, though we can assume the Aryan deity beat the colored deity.

Comments: “The Extremists, Part 5 of 5.”


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Captain America #11 Synopsis by Peter Silvestro

Captain America and Nick Fury plot strategy on how to take down Inali Redpath, who is using the powers of the Sioux storm god to devastate Miami. Cap has called in the big gun: the Mighty Thor, God of Thunder. Study of the clones show that they are not fully human but mindless followers; Inali was sent to find why SHIELD was funding the cloning lab and was critically wounded inside. He then gave himself to the Native American deity and rose, leading an army of clones of himself, Cap and Bucky into a crusade to recover his people’s stolen land. Cap explains his theory to Fury and then goes for a swim with Hana of Atlantis to clear his head. He enjoys her company but realizes that her convenient appearance could not have been a coincidence; she declines to confirm this.

In the sky over Miami, Inali is attacked by Thor. The Sioux thunder god Haokah separates from him to engage his Norse counterpart in battle, while Captain America keeps Inali occupied. Cap announces he will not allow Inali to harm any more people; the Native American villain responds by calling all the people of America complicit in the nation’s crimes. Cap call that terrorist doubletalk and lashes out. Inali reveals that the genetics lab was designed to create more compliant versions of Cap, one that would kill on command without any qualms. This body of Inali is also a clone and it is fading—but Cap knows it is Inali’s shaman grandfather who switches his consciousness from body to body allowing Inali to live on. In North Dakota, Nick Fury leads a SHIELD raid, arresting Inali’s grandfather and destroying the clones.

Cap meditates on the lesson learned: murderers with a cause will always threaten the country and while America’s government can be wrong the nation is good and will carry on. Thor counsels him with the advice that the strong must keep fighting for the right.

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


Listed in Alphabetical Order.

Captain America
Captain America

(Steve Rogers)


Plus: Hana of Atlantis, Inali Redpath.

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