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Captain America #21: Review

Sep 2006
Ed Brubaker, Steve Epting

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Twenty-First Century Blitz, Part Four

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3 stars

Captain America #21 Review by (June 14, 2011)
Comments: A No-Prize to anyone who can figure out how and when the Red Skull hid a giant Sleeper in downtown London.


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Captain America #21 Synopsis by Peter Silvestro

The new Sleeper awakened by the Red Skull is on a violent rampage in downtown London; it’s target? Kronas Headquarters, to the consternation of Aleksander Lukin. The Skull assures him it is a brilliant part of the plan….

With no time to form any strategy, Captain America hurls himself onto the Sleeper…and is hurled off just as violently. He orders Sharon Carter to get away but she has something to do first: she rams Master Man with her flying car, which injures the Nazi thug but also causes her car to crash into a garage. She is barely able to pull herself out of the wreckage, badly shaken but before she can recover she is found by Crossbones and Sin….

Cap looks up to see Bucky Barnes leap onto the rampaging robot. He quickly orders Union Jack and Spitfire to locate Master Man while he goes to Bucky’s aid. Just as the Sleeper unleashes an energy bolt from its eye, Cap makes a mighty leap and pushes his former partner out of the way. Cap and Bucky lead the monster away from populated areas, easy as the robot’s secondary target is Cap himself. Meanwhile, Spitfire and Union Jack have found Master Man. Cap orders them to work him into as much of a rage as they can….

In the garage, Sin and Crossbones are torturing Sharon and as Bones is about to execute her, they are interrupted by a mysterious voice, which Sin recognizes….

On the rooftop, Spitfire is hitting Master Man with extreme peed, driving him mad with anger which leads him to launch himself at his enemy. Cap timed everything right, though: the Nazi thug pierces the Sleeper’s skull like a bullet. As Cap distracts the giant, Bucky throws an explosive into the hole in its head but at the cost of his bionic arm. When it explodes the Sleeper topples into the Thames. When Cap turns to thank him, Bucky is gone…

The news reports that the terrorist Red Skull, formerly believed dead, has claimed credit for the attack in London. Aleksander Lukin makes a speech denouncing all costumed adventurers, both good and bad, and portrays himself as an innocent victim caught in their crossfire. After Steve and Sharon take their leave of Jackie and Joey, he apologizes for not having been able to rescue her, and continues to worry about Bucky. Meanwhile, Bucky is calling Nick Fury, ready to come in from hiding….

Elswhere, the Red Skull shows Lukin the results of the plan: they caused havoc and Kronas came out looking like heroes. Now they can make their next moves without fear of suspicion. The Skull then introduces Lukin to his new partners: Sin and Crossbones….

Steve Epting
Steve Epting
Frank D'Armata
Steve Epting (Cover Penciler)
Steve Epting (Cover Inker)
Frank D'Armata (Cover Colorist)


Listed in Alphabetical Order.

Bucky Barnes
Bucky Barnes

(James Barnes)
Captain America
Captain America

(Steve Rogers)
Red Skull
Red Skull

(Johann Shmidt)

(Jacqueline Falsworth)
Winter Soldier
Winter Soldier

(Bucky Barnes)

Plus: Aleksander Lukin, Master Man, Sin (Synthia Schmidt), Union Jack (Joey Chapman).

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