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Captain America #697: Review

Jan 2018
Mark Waid, Chris Samnee

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2.5 stars

Captain America #697 Review by (January 6, 2018)

Comments: Bannered “Marvel Legacy” and “Home of the Brave” of which this is part 3. Also features a “Where is Wolverine?” medal on the cover, plus its special feature at the end of the issue. Cap's Corner, an end of the issue feature, has artist Chris Samnee and two readers saying what Captain America means to them.

Review: Eh. A simplified rehash of THE MOST DANGEROUS GAME (go see the 1932 movie, it's really cool) doesn't add anything to it other than some nice layouts by Chris Samnee. We all know Kraven is no match for Cap so there is hardly any suspense and the action scenes are rather perfunctory. And David being a bad guy wasn't hard to see coming. Result: sorry to say this about a story by Mark Waid but it just seems like filler. And the story merely serves as a prelude to what looks like a genuine multi-issue story arc. So we'll see where it goes.  


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Captain America #697 Synopsis by Peter Silvestro

Steve Rogers is shooting pool with an attractive young woman in a bar; she places her hand on his arm, cutting him with a strange ring and he passes out....

Steve awakens in his Captain America togs in the home of Kraven the Hunter and Cap has a collar on that prevents him from attacking the baddie. The mad Hunter sees Cap as the ultimate challenge and makes a deal: That if Cap can make it through the jungle to the coast, he regains his shield and his freedom. And to give Cap motivation, Kraven shows him a victim in the jungle. 

Cap dashes out just in time to rescue the helpless man, David Cotter, from the jaws of a leopard and the stakes of a punji trap. Cap leads David through the jungle and swamp, protecting him from snakes and other dangers; David triggers a rock slide, then touches off a huge rock swinging from a rope. When they get in sight of the coast, David steps on a pressure mine which will not detonate unless David takes his foot off. While Cap is occupied with David's foot, the fellow draws a gun from his pocket and points it at Cap's head. Cap disarms him, having known nearly from the beginning that David was the trap.

Kraven shoots Cap with a tranquilizer and the hero tumbles backwards off the cliff. Kraven rushes to the edge where Cap grabs him and pulls him over so the villain is hanging from Cap's ankle. The two plummet into the ocean, Cap regaining his shield, and a huge submarine surfaces which was sent by Rampart who had hired Kraven to capture Cap for them. They fire a cold ray at Cap and, when he is frozen in a block of ice, they take him aboard....

Epilogue: Wolverine enters a bar and asks for Steve Rogers. The bartender tells him no one like that was in the bar that day. Wolverine shrugs and moves on...

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Chris Samnee
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