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Captain America #9: Review

Mar 2012
Ed Brubaker, Alan Davis

Story Name:

Powerless, Part 4

Review & Comments

4 stars

Captain America #9 Review by (March 17, 2012)
Review: As anticipated, the story arc finally gets interesting as Sharon Carter (the real star of the issue) battles Machinesmith, a fun villain who talks way too much and can be rather formidable, especially in an enclosed space. Like here. His altered android body is rather nicely done (kudos to Davis and Farmer). And the story finally introduces the theme of Cap’s loss of faith which had been overlooked until now—though Steve seems more irritated than hopeless. No matter, the Sharon scenes are worth our interest if not the inflated cover price.

Comments: This issue carries the “Shattered Heroes” banner. Cap does not appear on the cover of his own comic this month, and does not appear in costume in the issue. In fact, the words “Captain America” do not occur after the Recap page; how quickly they forget. Machinesmith found a way to depower Cap in the miniseries STEVE ROGERS: SUPER-SOLDIER. The final page includes a tribute to US Navy veteran and Captain America fan Brian Bugg (1984-2011) written by his brother Bill.


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Captain America #9 Synopsis by Peter Silvestro

At Avengers Mansion, the now-powerless Steve Rogers is being given a full examination by Tony Stark. Tony is guardedly optimistic, which does not reassure the Falcon. Steve is brought up to date on Codename: Bravo’s escape from the raft (last issue) and he is angry that he cannot be pursuing him. Falcon is going to search for the source of the Madbombs and he can’t get in touch with Sharon Carter

…who is engaged in the fight of her life aboard the Secret Avengers’ Quincarrier. The newly released Machinesmith has infiltrated and taken over the ship and is using all of its weaponry against her. As she dodges violent attacks she has one reassuring thought: that her hunch paid off. Machinesmith knows what is happening to Steve. Her goal: defeat the enemy before the ship self-destructs….

At Ryker’s Island Prison, Falcon interviews the Viper who was captured last issue. The felon is fed up with life as a costumed crook and is willing to betray his employers. Problem is, he afraid of them….

Aboard the ship, Sharon is engaged in battle with a pair of animated space suits. Defeating them, she leads Machinesmith into the repair bay where she scoops up a massive gun while the villain animates an android. Machinesmith causes Sharon’s gun to explode then says his farewells. She tells him that the ship is set to self-destruct and asks him what happens just before that…?

At the Mansion, an intense Steve is working out while the news reports on the latest Madbomb-induced riot. Tony asks whether the problem could be caused by a loss of faith in Steve—that he has given up thinking the county will ever get better and is burning with anger….

So what will happen on the Quincarrier? An E.M.P. pulse will go off destroying Machinesmith. With the certainty that they both will die staring them in the face, Sharon demands to know how to save Steve. Machinesmith agrees—if she will let him go….

Falcon heads to the address given to him by Viper and enters the building. A sudden sound scrambles his brain and knocks him to the floor. He looks up to see Bravo standing over him. The smug villain calmly tosses a small Madbomb into the hero’s hands and it activates….

At the Mansion, Sharon strides in and tells Steve and Tony that she knows how to fix the powerless hero….

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


Listed in Alphabetical Order.

Captain America
Captain America

(Steve Rogers)

(Sam Wilson)
Iron Man
Iron Man

(Tony Stark)

Plus: Codename: Bravo, Hordes of HYDRA, Machinesmith, Viper III.

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