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Captain America #20: Review

Jan 2004
Dave Gibbons, Lee Weeks

Story Name:

Captain America Lives Again! Chapter Four

Review & Comments

Rating:
5 stars

Captain America #20 Review by (August 11, 2010)
Review: A (mostly) satisfying wrap-up to the epic story arc, which was probably the best thing presented in this volume of Cap’s many titles. The only real flaw is that puzzler of an ending: after Captain America and the Red Skull are sucked into the time machine in a chilling sequence, suddenly…everything returns to the normal Marvel Universe? What? Why? How? I was expecting Cap to wake up and say something which would put the entire alternate universe adventure into perspective. Instead we just get what looks like the author saying, “…and now we return to our regularly scheduled program.” This doesn’t ruin the story arc as a whole though, it just ends on less of an epic note than I was anticipating. Still highly recommended.

Comments: “Cap Lives:” Part 4 of 4. The familiar guest stars are merely normal humans, since the events that gave them their powers never happened in this alternate reality. Marvel Digital Comics omits the final page; thanks to Kevin Hollander for sending me the scan.



 

Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Captain America #20 Synopsis by Peter Silvestro

In a Nazi-ruled alternate history: the rebels assaulting the front gate of Stark Industries are pinned down by enemy fire when Captain America arrives to take out the machine gun nest and lead the resistance into the complex. The elite Iron Men arrive on the scene bringing despair to the hearts of the heroes; Cap turns over to Henry Pym the device Tony Stark had given him. The device shuts off the power to the armored foes and they plummet to the ground. Cap leads the resistance fighters toward the lab where Doom’s time machine is housed.

There, the Red Skull is enraged by reports of successful anti-Nazi uprisings around the country. He pressures Victor Von Doom to hurry so he can send his Elite Squad back to 1945 to kill Captain America. The invaders encounter a guarded force-field portal at the entrance to the lab. Sue Storm pretends to be a subject for the breeding program and vamps the guards into opening the portal, at which point she seizes a weapon and shoots them down. Entering the lab, the resistance fighters halt the time project and battle the Nazis. Hank Pym is shot; an enraged Bruce Banner smashes the controls causing the panel to explode in Doom’s face, burning him severely. Don Blake arrives to tend to Henry’s wounds and informs the rest that Tony Stark died a hero’s death. The Red Skull seizes Bucky as a hostage but Cap flies into a rage at the thought of his partner dying and attacks the Skull sending them both into the well where the time machine is out of control. Locked in combat, Captain America and the Red Skull are drawn through the time platform and vanish….

March 1964: the Avengers’ submarine recovers a man frozen in a block of ice, floating in the water. Taken aboard the sub, Captain America is revived…and the rest is history.


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Lee Weeks
Tom Palmer
Dave Stewart
Gene Ha (Cover Penciler)
Gene Ha (Cover Inker)
Gene Ha (Cover Colorist)


Characters

Listed in Alphabetical Order.

Bruce Banner
Bruce Banner

(Robert Bruce Banner)
Bucky Barnes
Bucky Barnes

(James Barnes)
Captain America
Captain America

(Steve Rogers)
Doctor Doom
Doctor Doom

(Victor Von Doom)
Hulk
Hulk

(Bruce Banner)
Invisible Woman
Invisible Woman

(Sue Storm)
Iron Man
Iron Man

(Tony Stark)
Luke Cage
Luke Cage

(Power Man)
Mr. Fantastic
Mr. Fantastic

(Reed Richards)
Punisher
Punisher

(Frank Castle)
Red Skull
Red Skull

(Johann Shmidt)
Thor
Thor

(Odinson)
Wasp
Wasp

(Janet Van Dyne)

Plus: Baron Strucker, Donald Blake, Dum Dum Dugan, Giant-Man (Scott Lang), Nazis.