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Captain America and ... #639: Review

Nov 2012
Cullen Bunn, Francesco Francavilla

Story Name:

(Captain America and Black Widow, Part Four)

Review & Comments

Rating:
3.5 stars

Captain America and ... #639 Review by (December 7, 2012)
Review: The penultimate issue of this title is an action-packed adventure and nothing more—albeit still very red. But then that’s all it needs to be. Most interesting point: how little they explain about the war ravaging this world. It’s there, move on. Audacious.

Comments: Seen in parallel world flashbacks: Wolverine, Hawkeye, Deathlok, X-Men, and Mojo; cameos in present parallel dimensions: the Sentinels and Devil Dinosaur. The alternate Earths the heroes travel through are: an America patrolled by Sentinels, a prehistoric jungle, a zombie apocalypse, a flooded world, a version where superheroes are wanted criminals, and a burning wasteland. The chief villain, Kashmir Vennema, is seen only in brief flashbacks.



 

Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Captain America and ... #639 Synopsis by Peter Silvestro
In the parallel world that is an apocalyptic wasteland, Captain America, the Black Widow, and the alternate Widow are facing a band of reptile men, led by this world’s Lizard, Curt Connors, wearing Doctor Octopus’ mechanical arms. Cap assures the Lizard that he is a friend, trying to find their way back to their own dimension. Connors explains how all that world’s heroes died in the war between Hydra and the Defiance League. Connors transformed a band of survivors into lizard people to enable them to withstand the hardships of their changed world. In exchange for the use of his workshop so Alt-Widow can repair their damaged transporter, Cap promises to help the Lizard and his people. While she works on the device, Alt-Widow explains how she was hired by a mysterious employer who wants to see Kashmir Vennema pay for her crimes across the multiverse. Just as she completes the repairs to the transporter, the cave is attacked by Vennema’s kill crew—Spider-Woman, Porcupine, Eel, Madcap, and Ulik. Cap wants to fight back but Connors reminds him this is not his fight and the three visitors escape—and end up traveling randomly through various alternate worlds until they return to this one and face Ulik and his gang. Suddenly, the villains are attacked by a new group appearing—Ghost Rider, Moon Knight, Venom, Black Knight, and Storm, led by Alt-Widow’s employer: another Kashmir Vennema….

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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)
Doctor Octopus
Doctor Octopus

(Otto Octavius)
Ghost Rider
Ghost Rider

(Johnny Blaze)