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Captain America #21: Review

Aug 2020
Ta-Nehisi Coates, Bob Quinn

Story Name:

All Die Young: Part II

Review & Comments

3 stars

Captain America #21 Review by (August 5, 2020)

Review: 21 issues and I still don’t know who the Power Elite are (aside from mostly third-string villains) and what they want. And Selene’s sermon to men to step up and take responsibility according to the nation’s ideals sounds okay to me (the mind control and psychic vampirism aside) so I’m wondering where Ta-Nehisi Coates is coming from that it seems to him to be obviously evil—or is the total polarization of the USA complete? I thought the political preaching ended with Nick Spencer’s departure. Anyway, the return of the Red Skull promises some excitement finally.

Comments: Issue includes a one-page tribute to Allen Bellman (1924-2020), Golden Age Cap artist.


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Captain America #21 Synopsis by Peter Silvestro

Madripoor: Alexander and Alexa Lukin are attending a human auction and making fun of the event’s leader, William Taurey, a bumbling dolt as the public face of the Power Elite. Lukin takes a call from Selene who tells Lukin that the Blood Marine is almost full and warning him that the Red Skull may still be a part of him….

Sharon Carter contacts Steve Rogers who is undercover in Adamsville with Sam Wilson and Bucky Barnes for an update on their plans to recover the Blood Marine which contains part of her soul. Disguised by image inducers, Steve and Sam head to the orientation and meet Alvin Watts, a citizen who loves the community for giving him a sense of purpose. Selene addresses the group also praising the restoration of American men to their roles in society….

Madripoor: William Taurey openly flirts with Alexa Lukin while his niece Cheer Chadwick does the same with Lukin….

Adamsville: Selene is about to feed on a trio of men who have failed to live up to the community’s ideals when Captain America, Falcon, and Winter Soldier blow open a wall and dash in. Falcon rescues the guys while Bucky discovers the women are not helpless but baddies. Selene casts a spell over the town’s men and orders them to attack Cap and the others….

William Taurey, dreaming about Alexa Lukin, discovers to his shock that his chauffer is the Red Skull….

Bob Quinn
Bob Quinn
Matt Milla
Alex Ross (Cover Penciler)
Alex Ross (Cover Inker)
Alex Ross (Cover Colorist)


Listed in Alphabetical Order.

Captain America
Captain America

(Steve Rogers)

(Sam Wilson)
Red Skull
Red Skull

(Johann Shmidt)
Winter Soldier
Winter Soldier

(Bucky Barnes)

Plus: Selene.

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