Captain America Annual #1: Review

Jun 2021
Gerry Duggan, Marco Castiello

Story Name:

Infinite Destinies

Review & Comments

Rating:
3.5 stars

Captain America Annual #1 Review by (June 22, 2021)

Review: Second annual in this year’s crossover featuring the Infinity Stones (after IRON MAN, which Rob has already written up for the site). Nice if fairly simplistic story fits, I assume, into the bigger story. The best part is the look inside the antagonist’s mind as he just wants the chance to redeem himself and Cap isn’t helping; this makes us a bit more sympathetic to Overtime, though Cap pronounces him both a black hat (villain) and a screw-up as he never let Cap offer his help. The second story is even skimpier but the red white and blue coloring makes it stand out.

Next up: BLACK CAT ANNUAL #1

Comments: Overtime was introduced in INFINITY WARS: INFINITY #1 and further appeared in WOLVERINE: INFINITY WATCH #2-5. Issue includes a tribute to late comics artist John Paul Leon (1972-2021). Vincenzo Acunzo is credited with inking assists.






 

Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Captain America Annual #1 Synopsis by Peter Silvestro

Hector Bautista was a murderer on death row in Texas when the Time Stone chose him and enabled his escape from prison. He had an altercation with Wolverine and Loki and then vanished. Black Widow has now located him in Texas, as the villain Overtime, and heads there with Captain America. They trace Bautista to a barn where he explains that he wants to go back in time, to prevent the murders of a pair of shopkeepers that he was on death row for. While Cap has him distracted Black Widow tries to tase him but he is able to manipulate time so that Cap gets tasered and he is gone. Bautista steals one of their motorcycles and takes off with Cap and Natasha doubled up on the other one. He tries to divert them by hurling a baby carriage high into the air. Cap stops to catch it, discovering too late that the baby isn’t there. Nat catches up to him and flips over his bike; the baddie is able to give himself a soft landing so Nat shoots at him. Bautista turns the bullets around so that they just miss Nat’s face and she falls from her bike; Cap hurls his shield, giving her something safe to land on. And their quarry is gone….

Cap and Nat trace him to a clothing store where he is trying to find a cover for his flashy costume and he again evades them, snatching Cap’s shield. He wants the chance to prevent himself from committing murder and if they won’t help him, he’ll find someone else with an Infinity Stone. He uses the shield to tear a hole in a gasoline tanker, setting off an explosion. When the smoke clears, he’s gone and Cap is worried now about what happens if he finds more people with Infinity Stones….

“Infinite Fury Part II [a/k/a Super-Spy Versus Super-Spy]”
Writer: Jed MacKay. Art: Juan Ferreyra.
Synopsis: Nick Fury Jr. disembarks from a plane in Texas, summoned by Captain America. While sparring in the ring, Cap fills Fury in on the situation involving the Infinity Stones and how they are now bonding to people. Cap easily dodges all of Fury’s blows until Fury goads him into throwing a punch. Cap does—and it stops an inch short of Fury’s nose. They ponder the awful implications of the return of the Infinity Stones….



Marco Castiello
Marco Castiello
Ruth Redmond
Alex Garner (Cover Penciler)
Alex Garner (Cover Inker)
Alex Garner (Cover Colorist)


Characters

Listed in Alphabetical Order.

Black Widow
Black Widow

(Natasha Romanoff)
Captain America
Captain America

(Steve Rogers)

Plus: Overtime (Hector Bautista).

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