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Captain America #605: Review

Apr 2010
Ed Brubaker, Luke Ross

Story Name:

Two Americas – Conclusion

Review & Comments

2 stars

Captain America #605 Review by (April 30, 2010)
The Cap story has been the weakest of all Brubaker’s tales, with its one-dimensional characters, skimpy and clichéd plot, and simplistic political views (conservatives are bad guys) with a mildly inflammatory edge. But Brubaker redeems the last point in the end with the character of Dave Price provides the perspective that not all white, conservative middle-Americans are borderline terrorists. Plus, we are reminded that Bad Cap is insane and is not intended as a portrait of a typical Republican. Doesn’t help redeem the plot and characterization but at least he doesn’t come across like Michael Moore anymore. The Nomad tale just ends anticlimactically with character interplay which, while good, is no substitute for the action climax the first three installments were promising. These scenes are necessary to the story but leave it feeling like a mere prologue to something else, not a story in itself. That said, the final page may be the best thing about these last four issues, in either story.

Comments: Bucky does not appear in costume as Captain America in this issue.


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Captain America #605 Synopsis by Peter Silvestro

The captive Captain America—forced into his Bucky costume once again—is dragged along in the assault on Hoover Dam by the bad 1950s Cap and thje Watchdogs. When word comes that they bad guys have lost communication with the train carrying the explosives, Good Cap, knowing the Falcon is safe, slugs Bad Cap, beginning a personal duel between the two Captains….

Meanwhile on the train, Falcon questions one of the henchmen and learns of the plan to blow up the dam. He forces the captive to call for pickup by copter, and then tosses the man overboard. Unwilling engineer Dave Price sets the train to derail far short of its target in Las Vegas and the Falcon grabs him and hitches a ride on the rescue copter which he easily seizes control of as the explosives detonate in the desert….

Good Cap battles Bad Cap, trying to appeal to the good man which he was before the serum drove him insane. Bucky seizes Bad Cap’s shield and knocks out the scientist arming the bomb, damaging the timer. The Falcon arrives by copter and Bad Cap puts his hand on the bomb’s detonator, intending to sacrifice himself to set it off. As his hand moves, Bucky fires with a scavenged machine gun; Bad Cap, his chest riddled with bullets, falls backward off the dam into the water below. Later, a search for his body is unsuccessful, to Bucky’s disappointment. Falcon leaves him with a word of wisdom: "that man was not like you. Remember that." The search continues in the night….

Story #2

Conjunction – Finale

Writer: Sean McKeever. Penciler: David Baldeon. Inker: N. Bowling. Colorist: Chris Sotomayor.

Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Having nearly succumbed to poison gas in the previous issue, Nomad wakes up in a hospital under the care of Night Nurse, whose clinic specializes in treating superheroes. Night Nurse informs her that it was Arana who saved her life. Later, Nomad arranges a rooftop meeting with her partner. Nomad has deduced Arana’s identity and they realize they have no new leads to the Secret Empire. The two sit and share their feelings and background and plan to work together again. As Nomad leaves, Arana wants to know her real name too but the young heroine just bounces off, delighted to have made a friend.

Meanwhile, despite his failure, Professor Power is promised a promotion by Number One of the Secret Empire, complete with "upgrades"….

The next day in school, Anya Sofia Corazon (Arana) is thanked by her new classmate, Rikki Barnes….

Preview Pages
Click sample interior pages to enlarge them:

Luke Ross
Butch Guice
Dean White
Gerald Parel (Cover Penciler)
Gerald Parel (Cover Inker)


Listed in Alphabetical Order.

Captain America
Captain America

(Steve Rogers)
Captain America
Captain America

(James "Bucky" Barnes)

(Sam Wilson)
Night Nurse
Night Nurse

(Linda Carter)

Plus: Arana (Anya Corazon), Captain America (1950s Version), Nomad (Rikki Barnes), Professor Power, Watchdogs.

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