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Captain America #23: Review

Apr 2004
Robert Morales, Chris Bachalo

Story Name:

Homeland, Part Three

Review & Comments

3 stars

Captain America #23 Review by (February 15, 2010)
Other inkers: Aaron Sowd, Al Very.

Captain America #23 Review by (September 21, 2010)
Review: Another strong story, though Bachalo’s odd art is at its most glaring with the “Cap in action” sequences. A more conservative viewpoint arises in this issue: Saddam Hussein is said to have had bio-weapons and Fidel Castro is portrayed as an opportunistic blowhard.

Comments: Part three of a five-part story.


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Captain America #23 Synopsis by Peter Silvestro

Guantanamo Bay, Cuba: as Captain America and the military examine the tortured body of General Oliver, they are unable to comprehend how this bloody incident could have been carried out so close to a maximum security base. GPS trackers are found in Oliver’s mouth…then the power goes out on the base. Fourteen prisoners, including Fernand Hedayat have escaped, led by jihadist Khalid el-Gamal. It is discovered that Oliver was experimenting with planting tracking devices on the prisoners and these were what was found in his mouth. Cap talks the matter over with Lester Paley, who reveals that Hedayat was afraid of radical Islam and was probably taken by the escapees against his will since he speaks Spanish. Paley reminds Cap that Hedayat should be presumed innocent and should be rescued.

To General Barron, Cap suggests he should go alone into Cuba to track down the escaped prisoners. He contacts Nick Fury who tells him SHIELD has discovered that bio-weapons have been stockpiled in Havana and the terrorists led by el-Gamal are planning to detonate them and frame the United States for the crime.

Captain America sets out across the border into Cuba and soon runs into a patrol of soldiers hunting down the terrorists. An accidental shot rings off Cap’s shield and the soldiers pursue and surround him. Suddenly the SHIELD Sky-Destroyer appears overhead and Fidel Castro himself addresses his troops telling them to welcome Captain America, a hero of the Cuban people….

Chris Bachalo
Aaron Sowd
Chris Bachalo
Dave Johnson (Cover Penciler)
Dave Johnson (Cover Inker)
Dave Johnson (Cover Colorist)


Listed in Alphabetical Order.

Captain America
Captain America

(Steve Rogers)

Plus: Fidel Castro, Lester Paley.

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