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Captain America and the Falcon #8: Review

Dec 2004
Christopher Priest, Andrea Di Vito

Story Name:

Death by Design

Review & Comments

3.5 stars

Captain America and the Falcon #8 Review by (October 17, 2012)
Review: So back to the big secret McGuffin that the heroes have been after since the start of the series: it’s confirmed to be MODOK’s DNA—though why that would be the alarming “World War III in a Petri dish” everyone’s been in a tizzy about is unclear. Who besides the Navy (which isolated it) and maybe AIM (who don’t loom large in this series) would want the stupid thing? Meanwhile, Falcon continues to act like the former street thug he wasn’t until the embarrassing retcon; will we ever find out why? Stay tuned. Priest gives us his views on the War on Drugs and the artists contribute some knockout sequences with MODOK, a grotesque character who could be silly in the wrong hands (a giant head in a chair, really?) but here becomes terrifying. .

Comments: “Brothers & Keepers, Part 1 of 5.” Scarlet Witch and Yellowjacket appear in brief flashbacks to previous issues. Sam’s newspaper has the headline, “McNiven Cooks!!” though artist Steve McNiven is not one of the creators of this series. That’s David Letterman on the TV in the first scene.


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Captain America and the Falcon #8 Synopsis by Peter Silvestro

A man wakes up in a rundown hotel room in Germany; he looks at his cell phone and sees the words, "Designed Only for Killing." Panicking, he runs out into the hall—and comes face-to-face with MODOK, who destroys him….

Meanwhile, Captain America is in Colombia and the Falcon in New York’s Chinatown, shutting down the Rivas drug operation, Cap from the supply side, Sam from demand. As the Falcon raids a Rivas "bank," he destroys 30 million dollars in cash reserves, while taking a small amount for himself. Cap cleans out an opium farm and bags a prisoner, a Navy SEAL working for Admiral Jimmy Westbrook….

At a swanky restaurant in Berlin, a man goes to the restroom; he watches in horror as the wall tiles reform themselves to spell out, "Designed Only for Killing." MODOK then bursts through the wall….

At his home Joe "Robbie" Robertson is readying himself for bed. When he leans over the sink, a sniper’s bullet hits the mirror where his head was just a second earlier….

At home, Cap tries to put together what he has been learning over the past few days with the help of Falcon. If Admiral Jimmy Westbrook is in league with A.I.M. and controls MODOK, that could explain Cap’s hallucinations about the Scarlet Witch. But why would Westbrook want to resurrect MODOK with the help of the Rivas drug cartel? Cap and Falcon head to the Wakandan Embassy where Westbrook’s super-soldier Anti-Cap is being held but the man refuses to cooperate with the heroes in bringing down Westbrook. After they leave, Anti-Cap discovers a slip of paper that reads, "Bite me." Cap and Falcon head to the Daily Bugle where Robbie refuses to publish the story linking Westbrook and Rivas for lack of confirmation. He then takes Cap aside and expresses his concern that Cap seems distracted, and Sam more violent and out of control; he then reveals that he saw the man who shot at him the previous evening—as he flew away on his huge wings. Cap refuses to believe it but then gets a priority call from the Wakandan Embassy. He rushes there to find the Anti-Cap suffering a seizure, possibly from the AVX substitute Cap devised. The renegade sailor dies in Cap’s arms….

Andrea Di Vito
Scott Koblish
Transparency Digital
Joe Bennett (Cover Penciler)
Jack Jadson (Cover Inker)
Edgar Delgado (Cover Colorist)


Listed in Alphabetical Order.

Captain America
Captain America

(Steve Rogers)

(Sam Wilson)
J. Jonah Jameson
J. Jonah Jameson

(JJ Jameson)
Scarlet Witch
Scarlet Witch

(Wanda Maximoff)

Plus: Anti-Cap, Robbie Robertson (Joe Robertson).

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