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Captain America #141: Review

Sep 1971
Stan Lee, John Romita

Story Name:

The Unholy Alliance!

Review & Comments

3.5 stars

Captain America #141 Review by (February 15, 2010)
Part three of a four-part story. First mention of Sharon Carter having psychic powers. It is not explained how the Grey Gargoyle, made of heavy stone as he is, can glide.


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Captain America #141 Synopsis by Peter Silvestro
Returning from SHIELD’s hover-carrier, Captain America continues his search for the Falcon and the Grey Gargoyle. At the stone cutter’s yard, he finds Falcon, now turned to living stone and under the villain’s power. Falcon attacks Cap but the strain of going against his loyalties causes him to faint. Cap rushes his friend back to the hover-carrier where he hopes they can find a cure for his malady. Sharon’s psychic intuition tells her something is very wrong but Cap won't listen; it turns out she’s right: Falcon was only faking unconsciousness so that he would be taken aboard the hover-carrier and subsequently use their vortex beam to bring the Grey Gargoyle onto the ship as well. The Gargoyle sets the ship on automatic pilot for the mountain where the deadly Element X is stored and manages to hold off Cap, Nick Fury, and Sharon. Fury gives a desperate order to Sharon: set the ship to self-destruct; it’s the only way to stop the Gargoyle. All SHIELD personnel leave in the escape pods, but as Cap tries to rescue the Falcon he sees that the Grey Gargoyle has turned Fury and Sharon to stone. Cap tricks the Gargoyle into petrifying the self-destruct mechanism, halting the deadly countdown but looking out the window sees the doors of the mountain stronghold opening to receive the hover-carrier. Unfortunately, with Fury unable to give the proper security codes the stronghold’s defenses open fire on the intruder. Cap grabs the petrified Sharon and Fury and carries them into a waiting life-craft, but the Gargoyle orders the Falcon to stop him. As Cap tries to prevent the brittle Sharon from tumbling to her doom, the Falcon has him at a disadvantage…when the Gargoyle’s spell wears off, returning him to normal. As the hover-carrier is destroyed, the Gargoyle manages to glide into the stronghold just as the massive portals close.

John Romita
Joe Sinnott
(Unknown artist)
John Romita (Cover Penciler)


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