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Captain America #177: Review

Sep 1974
Steve Englehart, Sal Buscema

Story Name:

Lucifer Be Thy Name

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3 stars

Captain America #177 Review by (March 15, 2010)
Part one of the ten-part Nomad arc. Part one of the two-part Lucifer story. Steve Rogers does not appear as Captain America except in a dream sequence.


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Captain America #177 Synopsis by Peter Silvestro
Captain America and the Falcon are fighting their way through a horde of armed guards to reach the top floor of a castle. Arriving there they discover the Brain-Blaster, the largest bomb Cap has ever seen. As the two heroes try to dismantle it, the bomb suddenly explodes…jarring Sam Wilson out of his nightmare. Sam decides to try one last time to talk Steve Rogers out of abandoning his Captain America identity. Arriving at his office, where Steve is staying, Sam invites his partner to join him on patrol…but Steve refuses in no uncertain terms. An angry Sam dons his Falcon costume and sails out the window, where he meets up with his trained bird Redwing. Meanwhile in an alternate dimension, the exiled alien villain Lucifer finally obtains the Casadrax he needs to power his Dimensional Transmitter. He activates the device and is returned to Earth, where, passing a delicatessen, he can’t resist the lure of earthly food. Entering the shop, he snacks on some goodies, unaware that Rafe Michel and his pals are breaking into the deli’s back door with robbery in mind. The crooks trigger the alarm and race to the front door to evade the police but run into Lucifer. The angered alien destroys the police cars with his energy blasts in his attempt to escape. The Falcon arrives on the scene but passes right through the villain; the Earth food he ate has altered his body’s chemistry and he is being drawn back to the other dimension. He must have a host body if he would remain on Earth and he seizes the hapless Rafe Michel and fuses with him, destroys the ground in front of the Falcon and flies off. A distraught Steve, meanwhile, seeks solace in the arms of Sharon Carter. Blocks away, Lucifer falls ill as his alien energy is burning out the human body; his only remedy is to transfer half of his power to another body. He senses the perfect form in a nearby prison and crashes in, locating the imprisoned Aries of the Zodiac crime league. He infuses half of his power into the new host, creating a second Lucifer and the two of them easily overpower the Falcon when he appears on the scene. Suddenly a car pulls up and the driver tells the Lucifers to get in. Steve Rogers also arrives on the scene, making sure the Falcon is unharmed but insisting he is still not returning to crime-fighting. The car delivers the twin alien menaces to ganglord Morgan, who has a business proposition for them: kill the Falcon.

Sal Buscema
Vince Colletta
Linda Lessmann
John Romita (Cover Penciler)


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