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Captain America and ... #637: Review

Sep 2012
Cullen Bunn, Francesco Francavilla

Story Name:

(Captain America and Black Widow, Part Two)

Review & Comments

Rating:
3 stars

Captain America and ... #637 Review by (October 2, 2012)
Review: Aaaaand the story turns stupid with alternate versions of the same characters crossing paths before launching the heroes into Wells’ War of the Worlds (not that much different from Marvel’s version—let’s see if Killraven makes an appearance next issue). And Francesco Francavilla’s art is a real letdown, looking unfinished in many places. And his coloring doesn’t stay within the lines—something they teach you in kindergarten; the heavily red color scheme is also an assault on the eyes. Plus, he makes the Black Widow(s) look like teenagers. The whole thing seems to have been rushed to meet a deadline. An extra point for the creative villain, a corporation composed of a multitude of a single employee.



 

Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Captain America and ... #637 Synopsis by Peter Silvestro

In Miami, the deal between Kashmir Vennema and the Secret Empire has gone bad due to the interference of a murderous sniper—the Black Widow. As the Widow stands over the wounded Captain America and takes aim, she is fired upon by…another Black Widow. The two Natashas fight and the familiar one overpowers her enemy double and binds her. Neither Cap nor Natasha can fathom what is going on….

At the headquarters of Vennema Multiversal, the staff—who are all identical versions of Kash—detect that their agent is down and decide to send the payload into another dimension. Meanwhile, Cap and the Widow are examining the contents of the stasis tubes and receive a shock—they find Logan, Tony Stark, Bruce Banner, Simon Williams, Carol Danvers, and others, being sold as slaves. As they wonder what to do with these people, there is a rumbling and they are suddenly falling through space to land on a desolate world, marked by huge mountains of junked technology. The enemy Black Widow tells them they have all been dumped, courtesy of Vennema Multiversal. Kashmir Vennema, shrewd and ambitious yet paranoid, knowing she could trust only herself, brought alternate versions of herself together to form a cross-dimensional criminal organization selling the resources of one alternate Earth to another. The other Widow has been sent on a mission to destroy Vennema Multiversal, crossing timelines to assassinate versions of Kash. To clear his head, Cap goes on a recon among the mounds of junk and discovers he is being staked by the Secret Empire agents who were transported there with him. As he faces them, they are suddenly disintegrated by a beam from above. Cap looks up to see grotesque mechanical tripods stalking through the city shooting their deadly beams in every direction….


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Francesco Francavilla
Francesco Francavilla
Francesco Francavilla
Francesco Francavilla (Cover Penciler)
Francesco Francavilla (Cover Inker)
Francesco Francavilla (Cover Colorist)


Characters

Listed in Alphabetical Order.

Black Widow
Black Widow

(Natasha Romanoff)
Captain America
Captain America

(Steve Rogers)
Hulk
Hulk

(Bruce Banner)
Iron Man
Iron Man

(Tony Stark)
Wolverine
Wolverine

(James Howlett)

Plus: Kash Vennema (Kashmir Vennema).