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Captain America #3: Review

Aug 2002
John Ney Rieber, John Cassaday

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Soft Targets: Enemy, Chapter Three

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3 stars

Captain America #3 Review by (June 9, 2010)
Review: This issue features the first crack in the heretofore conservative orientation of the story: the revelation that the main industry in Centerville is munitions. The telling scene is when a wife suddenly discovers what her husband does for a living “You make bombs?” and he answers evasively “I make components,” suggesting some mental compromises have been made by the average American. Invoking landmines and cluster bombs is the next step toward creating some sort of moral equivalency between America and the terrorists. The essential difference, voiced by Cap throughout the issue is that, in their fanatical hatred, the terrorists target noncombatants. Cap’s answer does not go unchallenged.


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Captain America #3 Synopsis by Peter Silvestro

Easter Sunday in Centerville: the terrorist have taken hostages in church because of the local industry, a munitions factory. Outside, Captain America is confronted by four Arab children, each with a transmitter broadcasting the message of terrorist leader al-Tariq. The villain reveals that these children have prosthetic limbs replacing those lost to American mines and cluster bombs. Swarmed by the kids, Cap sees that one is a suicide bomber; he hurls the others to safety, surprising them with his concern for their safety. Cap discovers that the dead child has a CATtag. Telling the remaining children that he is not the enemy, nor are the hostages, he heads to the rescue.

As the clock ticks down for the detonation of the bombs, Cap races to where al-Tariq is being interviewed by TV reporter Jessica Seldon and attempting to justify the attack. Cap drops the terrorist leader with his thrown shield, and stops him from triggering the detonator. Tariq suddenly dies, as revealed by his CATtag. Captain America addresses the TV camera and tells the terrorists he doesn’t see war, he sees hate, and hate blindly holds a nation accountable for the actions of one man. "America didn’t kill Faysal al-Tariq…I did." Then, on live television, he unmasks….

John Cassaday
John Cassaday
Dave Stewart
John Cassaday (Cover Penciler)
John Cassaday (Cover Inker)
John Cassaday (Cover Colorist)


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