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Captain America #5: Review

Dec 2011
Ed Brubaker, Steve McNiven

Story Name:

American Dreamers, Part 5

Review & Comments

3 stars

Captain America #5 Review by (December 31, 2011)
Review: And the first story arc in Cap’s new series fizzles to an end. Issues 4 and 5 could have been compressed into one and saved us some time (and four bucks). Nothing particularly interesting or creative happens; the only point to the tale is to set up the “Shattered Heroes” event coming soon, by having Cap doubt his mission—for the 43rd time it seems. And hints of the production problems show in the handful of pages done by two unfamiliar artists (the Italian guys listed in the credits, plus Laura Martin) who have a noticeably rougher style than Steve McNiven. One thing that can be said for this arc: at least Ed Brubaker finally got around to creating some new villains. And we will be seeing them again.


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Captain America #5 Synopsis by Peter Silvestro

We pick up exactly where last issue ended: Queen Hydra threatening to shoot the comatose Jimmy Jupiter if Sharon Carter does not surrender. She lunges to capture the villainess—and the Queen fires, a bullet piercing Jimmy’s chest. The feedback from his psychic energy fills the room…and inside the Land of Nowhere, the world is crumbling. As they continue their fight, Codename Bravo accuses Captain America of having sold out, compromising with the corrupt establishment instead of fighting it. With an energy bolt from his gun, Bravo neutralizes the Super-Soldier Serum within Cap transforming him into a scrawny weakling, his costume hanging on his shrunken frame. The weakened Cap reuses to give up, though….

Back in the real world as Nick Fury and the Falcon battle Hydra agents, Sharon pleads with the dying Jimmy to save Cap’s life, and in his final moments, he does, opening a gateway to the fantasy world he created, ejecting Bravo and a restored Cap onto the floor. Falcon and Sharon help Cap subdue the villain, but as he is taken into custody, Bravo continues to shout defiance at Cap for having failed to protect the American people. Cap begins to wonder if he’s right….

Queen Hydra addresses her hordes, rousing them to fight for victory. Afterwards, she meets with Baron Zemo, to pursue the next step in the plan—attacking Captain America through his patriotism…. Late in the day, Steve and Sharon are relaxing on the roof of their apartment building when suddenly Steve’s body shrinks, as it did in the Land of Nowhere. He screams—then wakes up. Sharon comforts him but the dream seemed so real….

Steve McNiven
Jay Leisten
Laura Martin
Steve McNiven (Cover Penciler)
Mark Morales (Cover Inker)
Justin Ponsor (Cover Colorist)


Listed in Alphabetical Order.

Baron Zemo
Baron Zemo

Captain America
Captain America

(Steve Rogers)

(Sam Wilson)

Plus: Codename: Bravo, Hordes of HYDRA, Hydra Queen, Jimmy Jupiter.

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