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Captain America #607: Review

Jun 2010
Ed Brubaker, Mitch Breitweiser

Story Name:

No Escape—Part 2

Review & Comments

Rating:
3 stars

Captain America #607 Review by (July 3, 2010)
The Zemo plot ratchets up a few notches, making this tale of psychological suspense more interesting than in the previous issue. Brubaker’s use of Bucky’s uncertainty about his new role as Captain America, along with his impulsive nature) is creative; here’s hoping that Zemo can do the same to create some genuine thrills. Mitch Breitweiser steps in as artist and he fits perfectly into the look of the series as established by previous pencillers. The surprisingly creepy (considering the cartoonier art) Nomad story ends in this issue, showing restraint in not dragging it out any longer than it needed to be (a lesson other Marvel creators could benefit from) and increasing its effectiveness. Though, for the record, I’d still prefer the Cap story to fill the entire issue.

Comments: Hawkeye (Clint Barton) is seen briefly calling Bucky and Cap to see the TV news report.



 

Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Captain America #607 Synopsis by Peter Silvestro

Having quickly donned his Captain America outfit, Bucky rushes the injured Sam (the Falcon) Wilson to the hospital, as he blames himself for what happened. Outside, Baron Zemo prepares for Phase Two of his scheme of revenge against Cap/Bucky. He sends Iron Hand Hauptmann into the hospital wreaking havoc and demanding to fight Captain America. Cap arrives and obliges him, and the battle spills out into the streets, where Cap sees himself surrounded by Nazi soldiers—Hauptmann’s backup. As Hauptmann makes his getaway, Cap goes into action against the soldiers—until Steve Rogers arrives to stop him. Cap looks around and discovers he was not fighting Nazis but police officers. At this point he realizes he has been drugged. Analysis of Bucky’s blood by Jane Foster reveals a nanotech virus releasing a hallucinogen; Dr. Foster is able to neutralize the infection and she retains a sample to turn over to Tony Stark for further analysis.

The next day, while trying to puzzle out who the mysterious enemy could be, Bucky and Steve are interrupted by a TV news report on Captain America’s brutal attack on the police officers. Bucky wants to take action but his lover Natasha (the Black Widow) advises caution lest he fall further into the enemy’s trap. After some thought, Bucky realizes that the drug was likely slipped to him by the waitress at the bar where he went with Steve and Sam. Bucky and Natasha return to the bar and get a name and address for the barmaid. En route to her home, Bucky receives a call from Steve, informing him that Sam will recover fully, suggesting that the attack was a diversion, and warning him to be on guard. As Bucky and Natasha mount the steps of the brownstone, the front doors explode toward them, knocking them to the sidewalk. A woman in armor resembling that of the Beetle and armed with a bazooka-like weapon emerges….

At a mansion upstate, Baron Zemo meets with one of his agents, whom he has paid handsomely to find a special item for him. The procurer delivers a reel of film, labeled "Project: Winter Soldier," exactly what Zemo was looking for….


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Story #2

Hunger Strikes—Part 2

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

Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Rikki Barnes—without her Nomad costume—finds herself a prisoner in the basement of a psychopath named Bernard. She has discovered five bodies of teenage girls in the room, victims of this serial killer who believes he is disciplining his rebellious daughter Sophie—who was the first to die—and the protests of the subsequent "daughters" only made him more determined to teach them a lesson. The knife-wielding maniac unlocks the door…. Rikki waits…then realizes Bernard expects her to run for the front door like the others. Instead she goes to the kitchen and announces she is staying with her Pop. Catching him off guard, she is able to easily knock him unconscious, despite his efforts to stab her.

Later a police search uncovers nine bodies and later, Nomad burns Sophie’s belongings. At school she is again mocked by the mean girls for her shabby wardrobe, and casts a glance at the sewn-up slash mark on her sleeve….



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Mitch Breitweiser
Mitch Breitweiser
Elizabeth Dismang
Marko Djurdjevic (Cover Penciler)
Marko Djurdjevic (Cover Inker)
Marko Djurdjevic (Cover Colorist)


Characters

Listed in Alphabetical Order.

Black Widow
Black Widow

(Natasha Romanoff)
Captain America
Captain America

(James "Bucky" Barnes)
Captain America
Captain America

(Steve Rogers)
Falcon
Falcon

(Sam Wilson)
Hawkeye
Hawkeye

(Clint Barton)
Iron Man
Iron Man

(Tony Stark)

Plus: Baron Zemo, Iron Hand Hauptmann, Jane Foster, Nomad (Rikki Barnes).