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Captain America #7: Review

Jan 2012
Ed Brubaker, Alan Davis

Story Name:

Powerless, Part 2

Review & Comments

3 stars

Captain America #7 Review by (January 16, 2012)
Review: Last issue we had Cap losing his powers while fighting the Madbomb and the Serpent Squad and now this issue, we have…Cap fighting the Madbomb and the Serpent Squad while worrying about losing his powers. Is it me or does it seem like Ed Brubaker is just going through the motions with this storyline? Alan Davis’ art is still good, especially in a sequence where Cap is being scanned while going through his exercise routine but the fact that there doesn’t seem to be a point to this hurts it very badly. “Shattered Heroes” was supposed to be a major event, right? Yet it wraps up in the next issue, without feeling like it ever got started. The solicitation said, “Cap struggles to find his faith while the new HYDRA makes their first deadly moves.” What struggle? He voiced a mild concern to Sharon. Could it be that Marvel as a whole lost interest once they thought of AVENGERS VS. X-MEN? Does it seem like I'm putting more thought into this than Ed and the Marvel bigwigs are?

Comments: The Madbomb was introduced in CAPTAIN AMERICA (1968) #193-200 and last used in LAST DEFENDERS #2-3. And try as I might, I could not uncover the incident Cap was referring to when he mentioned the Super-Soldier Serum going inert through his lack of faith.


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Captain America #7 Synopsis by Peter Silvestro

At the Raft, the maximum security prison for supercriminals, Piledriver gives Codename: Bravo an update on what has happened to Captain America: as we saw last issue, Cap suddenly lost his powers and was seriously beaten by the Serpent Squad. Bravo then proceeds to punch Piledriver in the face, beginning a fight that gets him landed in solitary—which was his plan all along….

At Avengers Mansion, the recovered Cap consults with Hank "Beast" McCoy to learn why this is happening to him. His main concern, however, is where the Madbomb (a device capable of driving anyone within range into an insane rage) came from; he gives a rundown to Sharon Carter and Hawkeye.  This new one is an improved model and none of the Serpents have the expertise to create such a thing so they must be working for someone else. As the Falcon and Hawkeye search the city for the mysterious mastermind, Sharon questions Steve about his troubles: his concern is the time years ago when the Super-Soldier Serum in his body stopped working simply because he had lost faith in himself. Sharon tries to console him but they are interrupted by a call from the Falcon: there is another riot, this time in Morningside Heights. As the airborne heroes tries to minimize damage and protect the police, Cap and Sharon head to the scene. Cap deduces that the riot is a decoy for a bigger crime, and sure enough, the Serpent Squad is robbing a bank, using a smaller Madbomb to force the manager to open the vault. Suddenly Cap and Sharon arrive on the scene and the battle is on….

Alan Davis
Mark Farmer
Laura Martin
Alan Davis (Cover Penciler)
Mark Farmer (Cover Inker)
Laura Martin (Cover Colorist)


Listed in Alphabetical Order.


(Hank McCoy)
Captain America
Captain America

(Steve Rogers)

(Sam Wilson)

(Clint Barton)

Plus: Cobra (Klaus Voorhees), Codename: Bravo, Eel (Edward Lavell), Serpent Squad, Viper III.

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