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Captain America #23: Review

Oct 2006
Ed Brubaker, Mike Perkins

Story Name:

The Drums of War, Part Two of Three

Review & Comments

3 stars

Captain America #23 Review by (July 4, 2011)
Comments: Story takes place shortly after the confrontation in CIVIL WAR #3 and 4. Cap appears only in the surveillance film of the battle. The epilogue with the Red Skull and Dr Doom ties into CAPTAIN AMERICA 65TH ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Captain America #23 Synopsis by Peter Silvestro

The Winter Soldier (James "Bucky" Barnes) scales the wall of a downtown building and breaks into a high window, using a small device to pass the security system; he crawls though the vents and into what turns out to be a secret SHIELD monitoring station. Secreting himself in a computer room, he is attacked by Nick Fury but Bucky manages to deactivate his foe, who is a Life Model Decoy of the SHIELD leader. He activates a hologram of the real Fury and they carry out their plan: injecting a nanotrojan into the LMD so Fury can control it remotely. Watching taped footage of the recent battle, Barnes and Fury agree with Captain America that the Super Hero Registration Act, forcing heroes to work for the government, is not what America stands for. Bucky feels uneasy since the Philadelphia bombing which he was behind (issue #6) was cited as one of the reasons for the Act. Fury also adds that the Winter Soldier’s assassination of an American official in 1959 led to the creation of the robot doubles known as LMDs. Bucky accesses SHIELD surveillance and sees film of Aleksander Lukin visiting the Latverian Embassy—and wonders why no one has followed up on this. Leaving the building Bucky sets a diversion: he puts out a hologram image of Cap’s old ally D-Man and waits for the arrival of a government Cape-Killer team. Using a power surge device, Bucky takes out the team and, as per Fury’s request, steals one of their helmets. Bucky notes he is not far from the Latverian Embassy; Fury advises him to leave matters alone, he is keeping an eye on matters there.

Epilogue: In Latveria, Doctor Doom has confirmed that the information about the archaeological dig in Germany provided by the Red Skull was accurate. Doom then keeps his part of the bargain: the device will be delivered to Kronas Labs Doom warns the Skull that it is good for one use only; the Skull replies that once is all he needs to ensure that the civil war is only the beginning of Captain America’s suffering….

Mike Perkins
Mike Perkins
Frank D'Armata
Steve Epting (Cover Penciler)
Steve Epting (Cover Inker)
Frank D'Armata (Cover Colorist)


Listed in Alphabetical Order.

Bucky Barnes
Bucky Barnes

(James Barnes)
Captain America
Captain America

(Steve Rogers)
Doctor Doom
Doctor Doom

(Victor Von Doom)
Red Skull
Red Skull

(Johann Shmidt)
Winter Soldier
Winter Soldier

(Bucky Barnes)

Plus: Aleksander Lukin.

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