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Captain America #4: Review

Nov 2011
Ed Brubaker, Steve McNiven

Story Name:

American Dreamers, Part 4

Review & Comments

Rating:
3 stars

Captain America #4 Review by (November 19, 2011)
Review: For this we waited an extra month? More INCEPTION antics (with a bit of THE MATRIX thrown in) but no real advance in the story. So Bravo resents Cap? Hydra Queen is plotting to take over our world? Steve would be happy if Cap wasn’t needed any longer? These are revelations? The strong point of the series thus far has been McNiven’s spectacular actions scenes but nothing in this issue will stick in the memory—even the page with Bravo thumping Cap while standing on the side of a skyscraper isn’t particularly involving. Well, next month they wrap up this story arc.

Comments: Production problems caused this issue to be delayed a month. Issue includes a seven-page preview of the graphic novel CASTLE: RICHARD CASTLE’S DEADLY STORM.



 

Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Captain America #4 Synopsis by Peter Silvestro

On the day that Major Motors announces the first car to run on salt water, Commander Steve Rogers—the former Captain America—and his partner Sharon Carter visits the Moon Base and they pause to look at the night sky and marvel at the bright future ahead of them….

In the real world, Sharon Carter and Nick Fury are trying desperately to find out what happened to Captain America; the Falcon gets no information from the birds in the area. Dum Dum Dugan examines security tapes and posits that Jimmy Jupiter was in the ambulance and the villains used him to open a portal for Cap and the Ameridroid to fall though into the Land of Nowhere. Now all they have to do is find Jimmy and see if there is a way to bring Cap back….

Steve Rogers strolls around the clean modern city, signing autographs while being interviewed for the Daily Bugle. He tells the attractive reporter that it feels good that the American Dream has been achieved and that there is no longer any need for Captain America. Suddenly he spies a sinister blue glow shining through a missing brick in the wall at the end of an alley. He tears the bricks away and is transformed into Captain America as he steps though into a Nazi-controlled America—where he is met by Codename: Bravo. The long-missing agent tells Cap that now he knows how Bravo felt when Jimmy emerged from his coma and he was cast out into the real world….

In the real world, Falcon has tracked the new Hydra to a branch of a communications company where they are planning to broadcast Jimmy’s reality-altering powers across the nation. Fury and Sharon race to the site where the alternate world’s Hydra Queen is preparing to merge our world with her own. Falcon begins the assault….

As Bravo beats up Cap, he tells him of the horrors he and his party experienced when they were first trapped in the Land of Nowhere, trying to survive in a monster-filled world in which nothing they knew had any value. Eventually the Americans and the Hydra agents decided to work together and slowly they learned to shape the place according to their wills and they conquered it. And now they are here in this utopia shaped from the ex-Nazis’ ideas of the American Dream. But Cap doesn’t understand…since Bravo wasn’t betrayed why does he seem to be seeking revenge? As the towers begin to crumble and the villain continues to beat the hero, he responds that it was his discovery that the real world had only gotten worse…and the heroic Captain America failed to protect his country….

Fury and Sharon arrive to join Falcon in his assault on the Hydra-held comm center. Sharon burst through the doors only to be hit from behind by the Hydra Queen—who threatens to kill Jimmy Jupiter if she does not surrender….


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


Characters

Listed in Alphabetical Order.

Captain America
Captain America

(Steve Rogers)
Falcon
Falcon

(Sam Wilson)

Plus: American Dream, Ameridroid, Codename: Bravo, Dum Dum Dugan, Hordes of HYDRA, Hydra Queen, Jimmy Jupiter.