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Captain America #11: Review

May 2012
Ed Brubaker, Patrick Zircher

Story Name:

Shock to the System, Part 1

Review & Comments

4 stars

Captain America #11 Review by (May 11, 2012)
Review: A new story arc with a new artist begins in this issue. Patch Zircher’s art has a modulated dark style, sort of like Alan Davis trying to be Butch Guice and has a welcome feel to it. The most noteworthy point to the issue is the return of Diamondback—as a SHIELD agent, no less; so far, she seems a bit too serious to be the same fun character from the olden days—kind of like Brubaker’s treatment of Bernie Rosenthal. We’ll see if she amounts to anything or if she’s just another generic career woman with a familiar name. The return of Scourge is an interesting touch and, though a cynic could simply argue that it’s Brubaker reviving another old villain (c’mon, when’s he going to bring back Flag Smasher?), it’s one we haven’t seen in a while. The big question is, who is the new Scourge? It’s somebody Rachel knows; that’s our only clue so far. My bet is that it’s Jack Monroe, the former Bucky everyone knows is dead, returned to bedevil Cap as a remorseless costumed assassin. Hey, Brubaker did it before and look how it turned out!

Comments: The original Scourge of the Underworld story arc took place (more or less) in CAPTAIN AMERICA #318-320. Diamondback hasn’t been a regular part of Cap’s comic since the final issues of the original volume, ending with issue #441. Sharon Carter appears only via communicator. The third Viper’s real name is revealed to be Leon Murtaugh, just in time to add it to his tombstone.


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Captain America #11 Synopsis by Peter Silvestro

The story opens at night in a dock area, as Captain America is attempting to take Roger Gocking, the Porcupine, to safety as a mad sniper fires upon them….

One week earlier: Paul Winston, living under the name Paul Vincent, found himself using his top-secret weaponry to try to fend off a relentless pursuer. It did not work; cornered in an alley and wounded, he was easy prey for the masked gunman who took his life. The next morning, police who arrived at Vincent’s apartment found an AIM uniform on display in the living room. Federal agents Dum Dum Dugan and Rachel "Diamondback" Leighton arrived and took control of the crime scene. Contacting Captain America they inform him that this is the second protected witness murdered in the past week and a blurry photo on a security camera shows the killer to be the Scourge of the Underworld. Evidence points to traitor in the organization leaking the list of protected witnesses to the Scourge; Cap assigns Rachel and Dugan to see to the safety of all other recent witnesses while he will look for the source of the leak….

Only three agents had access to the witness file and Cap gathers them for a confrontation. The guilty man whips out a gun and fires on Cap then leaps out of a window, shouting "Hail Hydra!" before expanding the mechanical wings he was concealing. Cap halts his getaway with a shield throw and carries the traitor down to a rooftop where the baddie kills himself with a poison capsule.

In a secret location, Diamondback is meeting with the third Viper, who cooperated with the SHIELD investigation in issue #9 and is now in hiding. Suddenly the wall explodes and Scourge strides in, casually gunning down the Viper. Diamond attacks him but is unable to do very much because of her head injury. Scourge is not here for her today, so he calmly walks away. Diamond mutters, "Hey…I know you" before passing out….

Patrick Zircher
Patrick Zircher
Paul Mounts
Patrick Zircher (Cover Penciler)
Patrick Zircher (Cover Inker)
Matt Hollingsworth (Cover Colorist)


Listed in Alphabetical Order.

Captain America
Captain America

(Steve Rogers)

(Rachel Leighton)

Plus: Scourge (Scourge of the Underworld), Viper III.

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