Writer: Bruce Jones
Artists: Steve Rude (p), Mike Royer (i)
Publisher: Marvel Comics
As his seemingly unheroic attitude manages to earn him the trust of the gangster boss looking to siege control of Las Vegas, we see Captain America also manages to uncover the big plan that involves the destruction of the Captain America theme park. However, the cliffhanger does involved Captain America being tied to a giant ticking time-bomb.
I have to say that this issue managed to make me sit up and take notice, as there's a scene in this issue where in order to keep his heroic nature under wraps, we see Captain America ignores a woman in clear distress, and it would appear that he pays a very dear price for this inaction, as a gunshot rings out after he leaves the room. Now there's a scene later in the issue that manages to establish that that scene was a test that he had seen right through, but the simple appearance that he stood back & did nothing made me realize how comfortable I had become with how Cap reacts to a given situation.
This issue also continues to play up the more romantic side of our good hero, as we see his knight in shining armor routine is actually quite effective, though we see he does make a promise that he might have difficulty keeping. One also has to love the big action sequence in this issue, as once again the high energy style of Steve Rude's art makes the fighting far more enjoyable, and I love the way the environment is worked into the fight, as we see Cap uses the cable spools to deliver a fairly impressive looking attack. The final page is also a loving visual homage to the Silver Age, when villains would never think of simply shooting the unconscious hero if there was a giant explosive device they could tie them to.
The very idea that Captain America would allow a woman to be tortured & then killed was such a out of character moment that I must confess I completely fell for the trick that is played upon the readers in the opening pages of this issue. Now I'm not quite sure I buy the explanation for how Cap was able to see that this was simply a test, but it's not completely unbelievable, and the simple fact of the matter is that this opening scene did exactly what it was suppose to, which was to leave a gullible reader like myself believing that Cap had made a horrible miscalculation in his attempt to protect his secret. This issue also offers up another fairly entertaining battle involving Captain America, and I have to say that the fanboy in me let out a little cheer when I got a look at that final page, and saw we were being treated to one of the most cherished comic book death trap scenarios. The explosive finish also doesn't hurt to insure my interest in the next issue.
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