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Nomad #3: Review

Jan 1991
Fabian Nicieza, James Fry

Story Name:

Cool Cat and Cry Babies

Review & Comments

3 stars

Nomad #3 Review by (February 2, 2011)
Review: See full review at issue #1.

Comments: Captain America appears only in a cameo on the last page. First appearance of Baby Bucky, who will become a regular part of Nomad’s ongoing series (and is eventually given up for adoption—see CAPTAIN AMERICA Vol. 5 #7). On page 6, the writer incorrectly mentions that Elia Arriguez was killed (issue #1) when she survived as a paraplegic.


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Nomad #3 Synopsis by Peter Silvestro

In Minneapolis, Nomad cracks some punks’ heads and learns from a prostitute that the local gang boss is one Eddie Vanelli. She asks that Nomad help her get back her baby daughter, whom Vanelli is holding to force her onto the streets. He heads to the Veterinary Pathology labs, the destination of the dead horses filled with cocaine (issue #2), Finding a couple of hoods there to pick up the drugs, Nomad takes them down and discovers a ledger which gives him Vanelli’s address….

In Washington, the Super-Powers Commission is concerned that Nomad’s involvement will jeopardize their mysterious project. They decide against having him killed because of repercussions but need him captured by one of his own. They call Avengers Mansion and summon Captain America….

Nomad crashes into Eddie Vanelli’s penthouse and takes out the bodyguard, then snatches up the infant hostage and leaps from the window. In the garage, Vanelli appears and blasts Nomad’s truck with a Stinger missile; the hero responds by shooting the gangster in the head. Nomad returns to the baby’s mother and demands the truth. She reveals that one of her clients, Daniel Harding, is a crack-addicted weapons designer at Cyberoptics. Eddie Vanelli was holding her baby to guarantee against her blackmailing Harding and cutting off one of Vanelli’s best drug customers. Nomad insists on holding on to the baby until he can check her story. Nomad heads out to see Harding and finds the man stoned. Questioning him, he learns that Harding had designed a weapons software program and, out of love for Elia Arriguez, he sold it to the government. The program won’t work without the hardware and the trade is being made for it in Juneau, Alaska….

Epilogue: The Super-Powers Commission tells Captain America that Nomad is a threat to national security and orders him to bring in his former partner, or else they will have the loose cannon killed….

James Fry
Mark McKenna
Rick Parker
James Fry (Cover Penciler)
Mark McKenna (Cover Inker)


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Captain America
Captain America

(Steve Rogers)

Plus: General Haywerth, Nomad (Jack Monroe), Valerie Cooper.

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