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Captain America and ... #640: Review

Dec 2012
Cullen Bunn, Francesco Francavilla

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(Captain America and Black Widow, Part Five)

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3 stars

Captain America and ... #640 Review by (December 24, 2012)
Review: Only five issues? This feels like it has been running for a year. And now it’s finally over. Chaotic sci-fi action/adventure which did not suit either of the two heroes and had no real plot or point, leaving nothing resolved at the end, plus several guest stars who do nothing except join in dark battle scenes. Too bad the series ends with it; I was waiting to see what came next. Howard the Duck?

Comments: Last issue of the series. The final page has writer Cullen Bunn (who had hoped the series would last much longer) thanking his co-workers and the readers. “Good Kash’s” team consists of Ghost Rider, a female version of Moon Knight, Venom, Black Knight, and Storm. Human Torch and Bloodstorm also appear. Seen in stasis tubes are Wolverine, Spider-Man, Vision, Hulk, and Thor.


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Captain America and ... #640 Synopsis by Peter Silvestro

The Inner Council of Venemma Multiversal—all versions of Kashmir Venemma—trades recriminations and accusations over this recent setback….

Captain America and Black Widow have joined the rebel group led by yet another Kash Venemma on their mission against the central organization. Cap is reluctant to join what he sees as a mission of vengeance but the alternate Black Widow mocks his scruples in opposing the destruction of a massive criminal organization because part of it is about revenge. Good Kash, whose husband and daughter were murdered by her former colleagues, promises that her goal is not killing them but shutting down their operation. Cap reluctantly agrees…

The enemy headquarters is guarded by monstrous versions of Thing, Beast, and Sabretooth but Ghost Rider crashes through the line, followed by the rest of the commando team. Alt-Widow dashes into the building with our version hot on her heels. Our Natasha arrives to discover that her counterpart has murdered the Kashmir leaders. The two women spies fight while bickering about morality—until the familiar one punches out her dark counterpart. In cold storage, Cap questions Kash about all the heroes in stasis; she shrugs it off and teleports away. Realizing he has been played, Cap seizes a low-level Kash and informs her that she has been sold out by her superiors and persuades her to free the dormant heroes. He promises to allow her to go free if she effects the transfer of Cap and Black Widow back to their own dimension….

Later, Steve tells Natasha that this was a win: they returned safely, heroes have returned to their various worlds, Alt-Widow is in prison, and Venemma Multiversal has been broken up. And Natasha hopes that meeting her amoral twin has made her a better person.

Meanwhile, out in space, the rebel Kashmir Venemma assembles other versions of herself to form a new criminal combine in the wake of the collapse of Venemma Multiversal….

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


Listed in Alphabetical Order.

Black Widow
Black Widow

(Natasha Romanoff)
Captain America
Captain America

(Steve Rogers)
Ghost Rider
Ghost Rider

(Johnny Blaze)

(Ben Grimm)

Plus: Kash Vennema (Kashmir Vennema).

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