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Captain America #15: Review

Jul 2012
Ed Brubaker, Scot Eaton

Story Name:

New World Orders, Part 1

Review & Comments

Rating:
4 stars

Captain America #15 Review by (July 25, 2012)
Review: The final story arc of the series starts with a surprise under the writing credits: Ed Brubaker is joined by Cullen Bunn, scripter for CAP AND… Looks like CB is being eased into position to succeed Ed as main writer with the Marvel NOW initiative. If so, I approve; the previous issues in this series have only demonstrated with their lame and lazy scripts that Ed Brubaker has moved on mentally if not physically. This tale is much more interesting than yet seen and promises a great story. Ish #14 looked like Ed was going to rehash his Trial of Cap from two years ago but this ish does not go in that direction. Unfortunately the climactic chaos on the final page is an uncomfortable echo of the too-recent FEAR ITSELF so perhaps things are not all that original yet. But for now, I’m psyched and I hope C. Bunn brings his best game to the title. Oh yeah, and Scot Eaton acquits himself well with the art, especially Cap’s acrobatic rescue of the clueless near-victim in the opening pages.

Comments: First appearance of the Discordians.



 

Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Captain America #15 Synopsis by Peter Silvestro

Missiles are bombarding Times Square in New York and Captain America and the Falcon are on the scene, rescuing the victims. Suddenly, an eerie group of blue-skinned figures appears—the Discordians. One of the enemy is able to create a barrage of missiles out of thin air; the female one emits a green mist that burns Falcon as he flies through it. Cap takes out a Discordian who is causing volcanic eruptions in the streets and another in armor to reach his wounded partner’s side. The apparent leader of the foes confronts Cap and the hero takes him out with a single punch—and all of the Discordians burn out. Then a strange thing occurs: the bystanders, who were in danger moments earlier, are now preoccupied with media shock commentator Reed Braxton as he denounces Captain America as old and out-of-date, no longer up to the job of protecting the nation much less dealing with the deeper economic problems.

Later at home, Steve Rogers confides his own doubts to Rachel (Diamondback) Leighton just as Sharon Carter enters with a summons for Cap from Dum Dum Dugan….

The Hydra Queen and her husband Codename: Bravo meet with their ally Baron Zemo. The latter is disappointed with the Discordians’ performance but Bravo reminds him that his role in their grand plan will be much different….

Aboard the SHIELD Helicarrier, Dum Dum Dugan greets Cap with an interesting item, the corpse of a murder victim: the real Reed Braxton; who then is the man on live television? Reports start coming in of Discordian attacks on American bases and warships around the world with the final one being the most shocking: the supervillains are on a rampage in Washington D.C….


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Scot Eaton
Rick Magyar
Guru-eFX
Steve Epting (Cover Penciler)
Steve Epting (Cover Inker)
Steve Epting (Cover Colorist)


Characters

Listed in Alphabetical Order.

Baron Zemo
Baron Zemo

(Helmut)
Captain America
Captain America

(Steve Rogers)
Falcon
Falcon

(Sam Wilson)

Plus: Codename: Bravo, Diamondback (Rachel Leighton), Discordians, Dum Dum Dugan, Hydra Queen.