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Captain America: First Vengeance #3: Review

Jun 2011
Fred Van Lente, Luke Ross

Story Name:

Chapter Five

Review & Comments

3 stars

Captain America: First Vengeance #3 Review by (September 4, 2012)
Review: See full review at issue #1.

Comments: Collected edition of a series that began in February 2011 as eight Marvel Digital Exclusives.


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Captain America: First Vengeance #3 Synopsis by Peter Silvestro
Los Angeles, February 1940: playboy inventor Howard Stark was demonstrating his new Vibranium shield on stage when he was approached by Colonel Phillips of the Army and taken to watch some top secret film footage. Stark was shocked to see the advanced weapons the Nazis were using at Guernica, including a flame-throwing tank…. Now in 1944, Captain America is facing the same sort of tank only now firing electrical charges. Over the miniature radio Stark guides Cap into entering the tank and seizing control of the remote-controlled vehicle. Inside the castle, Arnim Zola reports to the Red Skull what Cap has done….. Back in 1940, as they drove along a mountain road, Phillips tried to persuade Stark to lend his weapons expertise to the Allied cause for the coming war with Germany. A band of saboteurs attacks their car on the road and Stark unleashes rockets from the back of his sports car, sending the villains’ vehicle over a cliff, The excitement leads him to agree to join Phillips’ cause….

Story #2

Chapter Six

Writer: Fred Van Lente. Penciler: Andy Smith. Inker: Tom Palmer. Colorist: Veronica Gandini.

Synopsis / Summary / Plot

April 1944: Captain America pilots the captured Hydra tank through the wall of the enemy fortress in his mission to stop the Red Skull. Flashback to 1940, when the first dose of Abraham Erskine’s experimental super-soldier serum had disfigured Johann Schmidt, Erskine was in the dungeon awaiting execution when he explained to Arnim Zola that the serum was a success: it enhanced what was inside the subject—the fault was Schmidt’s in failing as a human being. Eva, a servant at the castle, called Zola to dinner—then drugged those who ate. Revealing herself to be British Agent 13 (better known as Peggy Carter) she freed Erskine from the dungeon and gunned down any guards standing in their way. She was forced to tell Erskine that his family had died years earlier and that Schmidt kept it a secret to continue having leverage over the captive scientist. An unhinged Erskine wanted to go back and kill Schmidt but 13 persuaded him that lending his aid to Schmidt’s enemies would be a more effective vengeance. She summoned a plane and carried them off to safety where Howard Stark appealed to him to join the allied cause. Now, in the present Cap is battling Hydra agents when the Howling Commandos make a violent entrance….

Luke Ross
Luke Ross
Richard Isanove
John Cassaday (Cover Penciler)
John Cassaday (Cover Inker)
John Cassaday (Cover Colorist)


Listed in Alphabetical Order.

Captain America
Captain America

(Steve Rogers)
Red Skull
Red Skull

(Johann Shmidt)

Plus: Arnim Zola, General Chester Phillips, Hordes of HYDRA, Howard Stark, Howling Commandos, Peggy Carter, Professor Erskine.

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