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Captain America and the Falcon #9: Review

Jan 2005
Christopher Priest, Joe Bennett

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3.5 stars

Captain America and the Falcon #9 Review by (October 26, 2012)
Review: The thick plot thickens a bit more: the rogue Falcon has the Anti-Cap to do his dirty work, Rivas is connected to MODOK, and Jimmy Westbrook is a bad guy. More questions than answers in this installment—especially in that awkward ending. One nice thing: there is a brief wrap-up to the “Disassembled” arc from issues #5-7 though it leaves those events seeming like a distraction from the main story rather than an integral part of it. More to come.

Comments: “Brothers & Keepers, Part 2 of 5.” The gun shop is named Selleck & Heston, after two Hollywood celebrities (Tom Selleck and Charlton Heston) known for their conservative views on guns.


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Captain America and the Falcon #9 Synopsis by Peter Silvestro

Eight years ago, A.I.M. (Advanced Idea Mechanics) transformed an unwilling test subject into M.O.D.O.K.—a Mental Organism Designed Only for Killing—and were pleased with the result. Today a strangely robotic MODOK is appearing all over the world, killing off the scientists involved in his creation—while Damocles Rivas is stunned to see these reports, since the docile MODOK is at his compound in New Jersey and has not left….

Captain America is aboard an aircraft carrier for the funeral of the nameless Anti-Cap, the rogue Navy subject of a Super-Soldier experiment. Cap spars with Admiral Jimmy Westbrook, who still wants the stolen DNA sample back before he will agree to drop criminal charges against the Falcon. After the body is consigned to the sea, Navy divers move to recover it for Westbrook but are intercepted by the Falcon who carries off the corpse instead. The Anti-Cap awakens in the Falcon’s presence at his Harlem hideout, realizing that the "Bite me" note Falcon had passed him (last issue) was to be interpreted literally, as it contained a drug that would make him appear dead. The ruthless Falcon explains his plan to the confused Super-Sailor: he wants him to be his instrument of revenge against Jimmy Westbrook for ruining his life….

Steve Rogers meets with Nick Fury to work out a scheme to uncover the link between Westbrook and MODOK, which will require Cap to attend a yacht party given by Westbrook; as a date Steve will be taking SHIELD Agent Ali Morales….

Elsewhere, the Anti-Cap hijacks a shipment of ammo heading for a gun shop and later, in costume, heads for the Manhattan Yacht Club to crash the Admiral’s party….

Later as Steve and Ali prepare for the party, Falcon enters and Steve asks for a moment alone. Steve explains his discovery that the hallucinations he had been having (issues #5-7) were the result of the Scarlet Witch’s madness and wonders if Sam’s change of personality has the same cause….

That evening, Steve and Ali arrive at the marina to be greeted by Admiral Westbrook. Damocles Rivas also appears, denying any involvement in his late brother’s drug cartel. The Falcon swoops down and assaults Rivas (whose eyes become dangerously dark) and flies off, with Steve in pursuit. The whole thing was a ruse for Cap and Ali to get away and investigate Rivas’ compound in New Jersey; it seems that SHIELD had picked up faint signals from MODOK’s appearances emanating from there. Steve, armed only with his shield, enters cautiously and discovers….

Joe Bennett
Jack Jadson
Transparency Digital
Joe Bennett (Cover Penciler)
Jack Jadson (Cover Inker)
Studio F (Cover Colorist)


Listed in Alphabetical Order.

Captain America
Captain America

(Steve Rogers)

(Sam Wilson)
Scarlet Witch
Scarlet Witch

(Wanda Maximoff)

Plus: Admiral Jimmy Westbrook, Alisande Morales, Anti-Cap, Damocles Rivas.

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