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Captain America #3: Review

Sep 2011
Ed Brubaker, Steve McNiven

Story Name:

American Dreamers, Part 3

Review & Comments

3 stars

Captain America #3 Review by (September 24, 2011)
Review: The issue is largely an extended fight scene between Cap and the Ameridroid with some INCEPTION-style sci-fi stuff as bookends. McNiven does his best with the battle but it isn’t particularly compelling. Neither is the rest of the plot. This issue serves mainly as a pretext for getting Cap into the Land of Nowhere for subsequent issues. Hope Ed has something in mind different from when Cap was trapped in Red Skull’s dream world in REBORN.

Comments: The Ameridroid was introduced in CAPTAIN AMERICA (1968) #218-221 and returned in #261-263, where he was destroyed in the end. In the current issue he is described as being 18 feet tall, six feet taller than in his original appearance. Issue includes a six-page observance of the tenth anniversary of the September 11 Terrorist Attacks, reprinted from “Heroes.”


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Captain America #3 Synopsis by Peter Silvestro

The rogue agent Codename: Bravo and the Hydra Queen from another world are using the elderly Jimmy Jupiter in their schemes. They are pleased that stimulating Jimmy’s neural activity allowed Bravo to control Sharon Carter’s dreams (last issue) and now the sinister lovers will seize control of this world’s Hydra next, after Captain America is defeated….

And what of Cap? At the end of last issue he had been snatched from Sharon’s apartment by the Ameridroid, a giant robot copy of Cap and he is now being tossed around the streets like a doll. The monster is bitter and resentful that all the attention goes to the renowned hero and none to him. Cap does what he can to avoid damage but the Ameridroid is just as fast as he is. Sharon hurls Cap’s shield to him but it ricochets off several cars and ends up embedded in a high wall. ("Crap" is her response.) As she contacts Nick Fury for help, she is attacked from behind by Baron Zemo whose electrified costume gives him an advantage, though hers is somewhat insulated. Cap tries to reason with the mind of Lyle Dekker, buried deep within the android body. Failing that, he uses the droid’s arm as a launching pad to recover his shield which he uses to tear the giant’s face off—and to his surprise his foe collapses to the ground. Zemo pushes Sharon out of her window to make his getaway as Cap leaps to catch her. Later at the Project Pegasus lab downtown, Cap and Nick Fury examine the robot. Cap is concerned that it went down too easily, and that Dekker seemed crazier than before. Outside in an ambulance, the Hydra Queen and Bravo have Jimmy hooked into the machine. When two police officers check out the vehicle a Hydra agent guns them down. As the SHIELD team is distracted, the faceless Ameridroid rises from its table, seizes Cap and plunges through the window straight toward the ambulance below—but they never reach it. Instead Cap and captor vanish through an opening in the air…

…and surface in an idyllic mountain lake. Lyle Dekker is young again, freed from the curse of the Ameridroid—and he is shot down by Bravo. "Nazis don’t get second chances in my world." Cap hurls his shield at the rogue agent but Bravo easily catches it and tosses it aside. He then knocks Cap out with a single punch—this is his world….

Steve McNiven
Jay Leisten
Justin Ponsor
Steve McNiven (Cover Penciler)
Mark Morales (Cover Inker)
Justin Ponsor (Cover Colorist)


Listed in Alphabetical Order.

Baron Zemo
Baron Zemo

Captain America
Captain America

(Steve Rogers)

Plus: Ameridroid, Codename: Bravo, Hydra Queen, Jimmy Jupiter, Lyle Dekker.

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