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Captain America Annual #2000: Review

Jan 2000
Dan Jurgens, Greg Smallwood

Story Name:

Who is... Protocide?

Review & Comments

4 stars

Captain America Annual #2000 Review by (May 21, 2018)

Review: This year Marvel took up the practice of continuing the story from the regular series in the annuals. And so we have Cap recuperating from being beaten up by Protocide as a lead in to the villain's origin. The big rematch is delayed a bit as Cap 3:36 is a MAXIMUM SECURITY tie-in but we will see the fireworks in #37-38. And so to prepare for it yet further, we have Protocide as the one-man army, wiping out SHIELD forces without breaking a sweat. Cap, meanwhile, recovers from the brutal beating almost immediately so we know they are still evenly matched. Thee actual origin of the baddie is done rather nicely and, combined with the lies A.I.M. fed him with should make the coming clash a very exciting one indeed.

As for the Elite Agents of SHIELD...they look like an attempt to create a new Howling Commandos only with oddball powers in place of diverse nationalities. The story is cool so far as it goes but clearly no one cared so they popped up a couple more times and that was that.

Comments: Story takes place between CAP (v.3) #35 and 36. Issue includes a Cap pin-up by Sean Chen and Tim Townsend. First appearance of the Elite Agents of SHIELD, whose only subsequent appearances are in THUNDERBOLTS #69 and 71 and SECRET WARRIORS #1. Nails does make a solo appearance in IRON MAN: DIRECTOR OF SHIELD ANNUAL 1 in 2008.


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Captain America Annual #2000 Synopsis by Peter Silvestro

Story continues from CAPTAIN AMERICA Vol. 3 35:

As A.I.M. watches, Protocide takes on an entire SHIELD assault force and, like a one-man army, he beats them all. A gyro brings in more elite agents and the villain takes them all down too. SHIELD fires a particle cannon at him and he takes the brunt of the blast on his shield and destroys the cannon. A.I.M. back-up arrives to find the battle over and Protocide at ease. The Director and Agent Billups wish they knew more about Captain America so they could possibly improve on Protocide—and they want the Omega Compound....

Meanwhile, Captain America, brutally beaten by his evil opposite number (last issue), is on the edge of death. Sharon Carter dispatches Dum Dum Dugan with the Omega container and waits for Cap to revive. Cap wonders why Protocide spoke to him as though there were a personal matter between them. A search of SHIELD's database yields no mention of him. Cap has another idea: he and Sharon visit Cache in jail to persuade him to reveal what he knows. The rogue database declines so Cap appeals to his vanity; Cache searches all the world's data and discovers the truth about the villain. Protocide was Private Clinton McIntyre: in the early days of Operation Rebirth which created Captain America, General Maxfield Sanders disagreed with Professor Erskine and General Phillips about the use of a weak and sickly man for the test subject. Sanders got hold of the serum and chose his own test subject, McIntyre, a brutish soldier who killed his commanding officer. McIntyre drank the serum and was wracked with such pain that he went berserk, fighting his way out of the base and into the streets where he wrecked cars until his heart gave out. Phillips told Sanders that there was more to the treatment and that he killed McIntyre. Operation Rebirth went on as scheduled. As Cap and Sharon leave, A.I.M. thanks Cache for a job well done; they wanted Cap to know the truth about his new foe. And now Cache digitally alters his appearance to resemble Captain America and walks out as A.I.M. gloat about their coming victory against Captain America....

“The Elite Agents of SHIELD in: The Test”

Writer: Bill Rosemann. Pencils: Scot Eaton. Inks: Bud LaRosa. Colors: Paul Tutrone .

Synopsis: SHIELD Director Sharon Carter and Dum Dum Dugan watch a new elite team of agents undertake their first mission. They are infiltrating a Hydra arms bazaar in the Gobi Desert; they are discovered and all hell breaks loose. The Agents—Silicon, Skul, The Kid, M-80, and Nails—wreak major havoc, finally seizing a flying car and taking off for home. Sharon explains that Nick Fury wanted her to recover the car he drove in CAPTAIN AMERICA vol. 3: 31 as requested by Fury because it had some sensitive film: footage of Cap and Sharon kissing.

Greg Smallwood
Dan Green
Marie Javins
Dan Jurgens (Cover Penciler)
Art Thibert (Cover Inker)
? (Cover Colorist)


Listed in Alphabetical Order.

Captain America
Captain America

(Steve Rogers)

Plus: Cache, Protocide (Clinton McIntyre).

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