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Captain America #6: Review

Dec 2011
Ed Brubaker, Alan Davis

Story Name:

Powerless, Part 1

Review & Comments

3 stars

Captain America #6 Review by (January 7, 2012)
Review: Cap deals with his fears? Wasn’t that what FEAR ITSELF was supposed to be about rather than one long apocalyptic battle scene? A promising story appears to be constructed of familiar elements: Hydra, Zemo, Batroc, Serpent Society, Madbomb, and especially Cap losing his powers—even borrowing clown-masked robbers from a certain movie featuring a DC hero. I certainly hope they do something creative with this tale but it’s too soon to tell.

Comments: Though announced as part of the “Shattered Heroes” event, the issue itself lacks the event banner on the cover. No explanation as to why Tony Stark seems to be an expert in biomedicine other than that he is a more popular guest star than Hank Pym. The Madbomb first appeared in CAPTAIN AMERICA (1968) #193-200, courtesy of Jack Kirby. The Tinkerer does not appear, thus dashing my hopes.


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Captain America #6 Synopsis by Peter Silvestro

On the Hydra flying island, Queen Hydra and Baron Zemo make their plans, with the Queen revealing she has a special scheme for overcoming Captain America….

Meanwhile, Captain America is in combat with Batroc the Leaper, and is losing. Suddenly, he is facing a multitude of Batrocs—and he has lost his powers, shrinking into the weakling he once was. As he is crushed under the press of enemies…

…he wakes up. Sharon Carter suggests he see someone about these recurring nightmares he has been having since he fought Codename: Bravo. So Steve goes to his Avengers buddies and consults Tony "Iron Man" Stark, who runs several tests, planning to study the report on the last time Steve lost his powers (seen in STEVE ROGERS, SUPER-SOLDIER). Hawkeye figures Steve is just stressed over Bucky’s death (Clint does not know that Bucky survived his injuries in FEAR ITSELF 3 as outlined in FEAR ITSELF 7.1) and the whole battle with the Worthy. He suggests some adventuring to clear the cobwebs out of Steve’s head. Soon, Cap and Hawkeye are battling clown-masked robbers, whose high-tech weaponry points to the Tinkerer. While on the trail of the criminal inventor, Cap receives a call from Sharon notifying him of a riot downtown. He and Hawkeye head over to try to protect the police from the crazed mob. Examining one of the rioters Cap sees something he recognizes in the man’s eyes and heads for the bar where the riot began. Bursting in, Cap discovers a Madbomb, which is sending waves of madness though the area. Suddenly Cap collapses and, as happened in his dream, shrinks into the powerless Steve. Hawkeye is taken out by an electric blast as the new Serpent SquadCobra, Eel, and a new, male Viper—show themselves. They destroy the Madbomb to prevent anyone from studying it and proceed to give the emaciated Captain America a beating….

Alan Davis
Mark Farmer
Laura Martin
Alan Davis (Cover Penciler)
Mark Farmer (Cover Inker)
Laura Martin (Cover Colorist)


Listed in Alphabetical Order.

Baron Zemo
Baron Zemo

Batroc the Leaper
Batroc the Leaper

(Georges Batroc)
Captain America
Captain America

(Steve Rogers)

(Clint Barton)
Iron Man
Iron Man

(Tony Stark)

Plus: Cobra (Klaus Voorhees), Eel (Edward Lavell), Hydra Queen, Serpent Squad, Viper III, Worthy.

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