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Captain America #15: Review

Jan 2014
Rick Remender, Carlos Pacheco

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(No title given)

Review & Comments

4 stars

Captain America #15 Review by (January 25, 2014)
Review: Well, this is promising…Dr Mindbubble? A hippie villain? Groovy, dad! Hope this is cooler than his rather bland (for a psychopath) look. But that’s for next issue. How about this one? Well, we start off with the Big Bad reiterating what he iterated a few issues ago: his scheme to humiliate and destroy the effete rich. For the first time though we get to see this from the victim’s point of view and this adds another layer of complexity to his tiring Marxist meanderings. Next is the big point: complex characterization for Nuke! A villain named after the least subtle object on Earth! Remender actually makes this shouting hulk of a warrior sympathetic! There’s not a lot else here: Cap and the other heroes do very little; the only real event is the bomb cracking open the vault to release…next issue’s baddie. But for once I’m looking forward to it.

Comments: First (brief) appearance of Dr. Mindbubble. Hydra agents are seen reflected in Cap’s shield on the cover but they have nothing to do with the story.


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Captain America #15 Synopsis by Peter Silvestro

Alexander Tarin, one of the millionaires kidnapped by the Iron Nail and forced to slave away in the mines, attempts to escape but is caught by the villain. Iron Nail denounces the wealthy of the world and explains how he is forcing the rich and powerful to experience the misery known by most of the world. He ends by warning Tarin that if he escapes his wife and children will take his place….

On the helicopter ride back to the United States, the captive Nuke insists he was only a soldier following orders who wanted to protect his comrades. But when he was seriously injured in the war, the Weapon Plus program made him into a mindless Super-Soldier. SHIELD Agent Lamia reveals that her father was one of the soldiers Nuke rescued on his last mission. Captain America and Nick Fury Jr. appeal to him to help them find who was manipulating him in Nrosvekistan and he agrees. But the Iron Nail is watching….

At SHIELD’s hub station in the Grand Canyon, a bomb placed inside Nuke is detonated destroying the facility and hurling Falcon and Fury into the chasm below. But the Weapon Minus vault breaks open and a figure emerges…Horace Littleton, who was experimenting with an LSD-laced Super-Soldier Serum, injected it into himself, and was changed. Enter…Dr Mindbubble, the psychedelic Super-Soldier….

Carlos Pacheco
Mariano Taibo
Rachelle Rosenberg
Jim Cheung (Cover Penciler)
Jim Cheung (Cover Inker)
Laura Martin (Cover Colorist)


Listed in Alphabetical Order.

Captain America
Captain America

(Steve Rogers)

(Sam Wilson)
Nick Fury Jr.
Nick Fury Jr.

(Marcus Johnson)

Plus: Iron Nail, Nuke.

> Captain America: Book info and issue index

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