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Captain America #17: Review

Feb 2014
Rick Remender, Nic Klein

Story Name:

The Iron Nail: Part 1

Review & Comments

4 stars

Captain America #17 Review by (February 22, 2014)
Review: Now the story is getting good. A brand new villain and one who is light-years away from the standard fascists or terrorist Cap usually faces: Dr Mindbubble who carries a candy-cane walking stick and dresses in what looks like a rejected costume design for Dr Who. And did I mention that he has a pipe in his forehead that blows bubbles? Mind-control stories are always promising and this is no exception; it might even improve the Iron Nail stuff which looks like a warmed-over Mandarin tale with a Marxist angle. And after last issue’s dark and complex characterization, Jet Black has gone backwards, she is now a nice and slightly naïve fish-out-of-water who knows how to fight. Are we supposed to find her cute or threatening? Looks like Rick Remender hasn’t decided either. It doesn’t hurt the story at all so I’m sure this is going somewhere interesting.

Comments: “The Iron Nail: Part 1” and “All-new Marvel NOW!” on the cover. First full appearance of Dr. Mindbubble. And again, the issue doesn’t match the solicit.


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Captain America #17 Synopsis by Peter Silvestro

Frank Simpson returns from the war to a hero’s welcome; Captain America is there to greet him and so is his father. His dead father. Simpson Sr. tells Frank he is proud of him—then draws a gun and shoots him…

This is an illusion granted to the dying Nuke by Dr. Mindbubble to ease his passing. A giant mechanical dragon bears down on the colorful villain and Ran Shen—the Iron Nail—proposes they join forces against a common enemy: SHIELD….

In the aftermath of the explosion at The Hub SHIELD base (issue #15), Nick Fury Jr. regains consciousness down by the river beneath the center. Dr. Mindbubble appears to him floating on a giant bubble and exposing Fury’s innermost fears of inadequacy. Fury tries to flee but he cannot escape the madness….

In Brooklyn, Steve Rogers and Jet Black walk down a street while they discuss the ethics of heroism, with Jet recommending a bit of pragmatism in dealing with enemies. A banker rudely pushes in front of them to enter his bank where he turns his wrath on his employees. The Iron Nail’s Shaolin Scientist Squad leaps from hiding to punish him for his capitalist sins. Steve and Jet return and mop up the baddies, who, defeated, teleport away. Steve gets a call from Maria Hill to rush to The Hub. Soon, Captain America is surveying the damage with the death toll set at 106. They trace the source of the blast to a bomb secreted inside Nuke, and learn that the Falcon and Nick Fury Jr are among the missing. Hill also reveals that Weapon Minus is free; this was a secret weapon designed as a countermeasure to the super-soldiers. Then Jet Black discovers the whereabouts of the injured Falcon and the discussion is tabled for now….

In Phoenix, Nick Fury Jr. and Agent Coulson enter a Hydra base and force one of the agents to log onto a computer where they discover the plans for a new Helicarrier called Gungnir…then we learn that Coulson is really Dr. Mindbubble and this was all a fantasy put into Fury’s head to manipulate him into conquering a SHIELD base….

Nic Klein
Nic Klein
Dean White
Nic Klein (Cover Penciler)
Nic Klein (Cover Inker)
Nic Klein (Cover Colorist)


Listed in Alphabetical Order.

Captain America
Captain America

(Steve Rogers)

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

(Marcus Johnson)
Phil Coulson
Phil Coulson


Plus: Dr Mindbubble, Iron Nail, Jet Black, Nuke.

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