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Captain America and the Falcon #13: Review

May 2005
Christopher Priest, Dan Jurgens

Story Name:

American Psycho, Part 1

Review & Comments

3 stars

Captain America and the Falcon #13 Review by (January 3, 2013)
Review: The penultimate issue of the series crystallizes what appears to be Christopher Priest’s purpose in writing it: to reinvent the Falcon as a tough, independent bad@$$. The death of Captain America (seriously, how many of these are there?) is handled nicely, incorporating the themes of this series into the hero’s mental conflict. Jurgens’ art is quite good too, creating a dream sequence that is twisted yet easy to follow.

Comments: Cap’s enemies in the fantasy sequence are the Red Skull, Hydra agents, Baron Helmut Zemo, a slimmed-down Dr. Faustus, the Red Ghost, and the Anti-Cap.


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Captain America and the Falcon #13 Synopsis by Peter Silvestro

The story opens on a grim note on a dark night in Manhattan, as the rogue Navy agent known as the Anti-Cap drops a bound-and-gagged prisoner from a helicopter to plunge to his death in the street below. This is witnessed by Sam Wilson, the Falcon, from his apartment window. He is holed up there with SHIELD Agent Ali Morales; despite their apparently romantic relationship, Sam knows that she is using him to get to Steve Rogers—and he doesn’t mind. Steve, wearing his Captain America costume under a long coat, pays him a call, concerned about Sam’s changed personality. Sam defiantly tells his old partner he is his own man and doesn’t need Steve’s approval; Steve tells him they can’t be partners any longer. As Steve is leaving the apartment, Leila Taylor’s boyfriend Norman (bullied by the Falcon in issue #7) leaps out of hiding and begins shooting. Sam easily subdues the punk—then discovers Steve has been shot. Sam rushes his fallen partner to the emergency room, and while staff work feverishly to save the hero’s life, Steve drifts into a dream…

First he’s a boy in the streets of Brooklyn, mocked by the other kids for his scrawny stature, then called in the house by his mother, who scolds him for getting dirty—and she morphs into the Red Skull, taunting him for his weakness. Cap fights back, pounding him and other enemies while they taunt him as a relic of the past, the symbols of ideals that America has long-since abandoned. The final foe is the Anti-Cap who claims the position of the new representative of America: willing to abandon basic freedoms in the quest for safety. The Anti-Cap turns into the Scarlet Witch who calms Cap and leads him off into a large house…

…and Captain America is pronounced dead by the attending physician.

At the Baud Dian Embassy, the Anti-Cap single-handedly assaults the building, gunning down guards until he comes face-to-face with the royal family of the Arab nation. He accuses them of harboring terrorists, secure in the knowledge that the Justice Department will not cause trouble for fear of jeopardizing their oil deal with American billionaire Donald Trevian—who was the man tossed out of the copter at the beginning of the issue. The Anti-Cap is here to deal out justice—and he shoots down the foreign dignitaries. Later, the rogue agent drops down on a fire escape in Chelsea, only to be attacked by Redwing. Looking up, he sees the Falcon….

Dan Jurgens
Nelson DeCastro
Transparency Digital
Dan Jurgens (Cover Penciler)
Nelson DeCastro (Cover Inker)
Edgar Delgado (Cover Colorist)


Listed in Alphabetical Order.

Captain America
Captain America

(Steve Rogers)

(Sam Wilson)
Scarlet Witch
Scarlet Witch

(Wanda Maximoff)

Plus: Alisande Morales, Anti-Cap.

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