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Marvel Fanfare #18: Review

Jan 1985
Roger Stern, ?

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Home Fires!

Review & Comments

5 stars

Marvel Fanfare #18 Review by (January 17, 2014)
Review: Dark and gritty Cap story boasts Roger Stern’s usual thoughtful writing and Frank Miller’s brilliant art. Yet another attempt to clearly define what America and patriotism are—and are not.

Comments: The title comes from the British WW1 song “Keep the home fires burning” i.e. “Keep your home safe until your loved ones return from the war.” Page 10 shows a billboard reading, “Elektra Mourn No More!” a reference to the return of Frank Miller’s character from the dead. Issue includes a Kevin Nowlan portfolio: full-page portraits of Dagger, Black Widow, Red Sonja, Phoenix (Jean Grey), Nova (Frankie Raye), She-Hulk. A Terry Austin portfolio features full-page portraits of Dr. Doom, Black Widow, a group portrait of Rogue, Storm, Kitty Pryde and Lockheed, Cloak and Dagger, Thor with Ziggy Pig and Silly Seal. The letters column includes one from future Marvel writer Barry Dutter. The back cover is a pinup of Captain America by Frank Miller.


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Marvel Fanfare #18 Synopsis by Peter Silvestro
Captain America rushes to the scene of the sixth fire in as many weeks to join in the rescue operation. He learns from the mayor that the arson fires are part of an extortion scheme by a group calling itself "We the People." That night, Cap tears through the city’s underworld, questioning crooks and lowlifes, trying to get a lead on the extortionists. While on the lookout, Cap sees a nice family as the kind of people he is trying to protect; what he does not see is that the father, Hal Brady, is a leader of We the People. Later that night, Brady gathers other disaffected working class men for a mission to burn down a nursing home; when one of the guys, Don, balks, he is threatened with death. Captain America is again at the scene of the blaze to save lives but he is not always successful. A police badge dropped at the scene leads Cap to Don who is forced to yield Hal Brady’s name and address. Cap drags Brady out of his home in front of his family—the ones Cap thought were ideal earlier. Cap takes Brady to the club where the other guys are meeting and when they refuse to fight Captain America on Brady’s orders, the bitter leader blows himself up with a firebomb. Cap makes sure all the other men are safely out—and then rushes back in to rescue the American flag. His final words: "America doesn’t hand you things on a silver platter. Sometimes all she offers is hope" before heading off to break the news to the Bradys.

Joe Rubinstein
Lynn Varley
Frank Miller (Cover Penciler)
Frank Miller (Cover Inker)
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