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Captain America #18: Review

Oct 2012
Cullen Bunn, Scot Eaton

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New World Orders, Part 4

Review & Comments

2.5 stars

Captain America #18 Review by (October 13, 2012)
Review: And that’s it? That’s what not only this arc but the whole relaunched series has been building up to—some lame action scenes and the themes being swept under the rug? The battles with Hydra were mostly offscreen, the Discordians never had a point, the rabble rousing of Reed Braxton was largely forgotten (seriously, how will Cap prove to the nation that bad guys were behind it all?). If Ed Brubaker was so bored that he was writing on autopilot, why should we care? I sincerely hope he bothered to pay attention to his farewell issue. Scot Eaton’s action-oriented art was the only saving grace.


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Captain America #18 Synopsis by Peter Silvestro

The Falcon and Diamondback are coping with the giant mobile Madbombs which have landed in Manhattan during the riots, broadcasting their mind-bending signal….

At Hydra Island, SHIELD craft are battling the Discordians in a massive mid-air engagement. Donning a jet pack, Captain America zooms past Hydra forces and enters the base to come face to face with his enemies Codename: Bravo and Queen Hydra. Bravo gloats that he will be able to kill Cap on live television. Cap is unfazed….

On the Hydra satellite broadcasting the hypnotic signal to Earth, SHIELD agents led by Sharon Carter are engaging the enemy. Sharon finds herself in a duel with Baron Zemo, who flirts with her while they spar. He stops his henchmen from shooting her, reserving the honor of defeating her for himself. When Dum Dum Dugan enters unexpectedly, Zemo stabs him in the shoulder with his sword but the villain is distracted long enough for Sharon to get him in a stranglehold and choke him into unconsciousness. Dugan informs the Hydra agents that the space station is rigged to explode in two minutes; they cut and run and the SHIED forces likewise make their way back to their ships (with the captive Zemo) before the satellite goes up in flames….

In Manhattan, their signal stopped, the Madbombs fall over, to the surprise of the heroes.

Cap and Bravo argue about ideology as they trade punches. When Queen Hydra sees on her viewscreen that the Madbombs are inoperative, she whips out a gun and starts shooting. Cap is protected by his shield but Bravo is cut down. Cap hurls his shield and hits her in the head, knocking her into the screen and she is electrocuted….

Later the heroes (out of uniform) gather for dinner; Steve explains that the villains exposed the truth of what’s wrong with our society and it is now up to the people to decide how to address it. [We also learn that Bravo is still alive and in custody with Zemo and Queen Hydra is in a coma.] Sam and Rachel leave and Steve and Sharon can finally share a romantic moment….

Epilogue: In the medical facility where Queen Hydra lies comatose, an attendant carefully looks to see is anyone else is around then whispers his oath of allegiance to his disabled queen….

Scot Eaton
Rick Magyar
Steve Epting (Cover Penciler)
Steve Epting (Cover Inker)
Steve Epting (Cover Colorist)


Listed in Alphabetical Order.

Baron Zemo
Baron Zemo

Captain America
Captain America

(Steve Rogers)

(Rachel Leighton)

(Sam Wilson)

Plus: Codename: Bravo, Discordians, Hordes of HYDRA, Hydra Queen.

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