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Captain America #13 (Vol. 3)
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April 20th, 2014 by Rusty

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Captain America #13 cover

Captain America #13 (Vol. 3)

Date: January 1999
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Cover Price: $1.99
2014 NM Price: $3.00
Stats: 21 color pages plus “American Graffiti” letters page, Bullpen Bulletins, fold-out gate cover and ads
Writer: Mark Waid
Artists: Dougie Braithwaite, Robin Riggs, Shannon Blanchard, Kevin Tinsley and Todd Klein
Notable Notes: Cap investigates a congressman.

Two Different People?

Wait a minute – Steve Rogers and Captain America are two different people?! Who would’ve thunk it! I was pleasantly surprised to see Steve Rogers follow a different path than Cap in this issue. Yeah, you know, Captain America is a national symbol and an Avenger and all that, so its not too surprising that he has to be very careful with the people and things he publicly endorses. However, as we find out in this issue, Steve Rogers is free to do whatever he likes! A very simple, yet cool, idea – and one that I totally didn’t see coming!

Synopsis:

Last issue wrapped up the “Nightmare” story line – thank goodness! This issue is a one-shot story, but is pretty good! It begins with Steve and Sharon discussing how Captain America has been caught up in Councilman Bolt’s election. Steve worries about that, but still likes the Councilman’s views. The 2 of them visit the Ramirez family (who is living in Steve’s apartment) and Cap asks Sharon to investigate one of their son’s suspicious activities. Meanwhile Captain America is off to see what he can do about the current political race, and his involvement in it. First he visits Councilman Bolt, then he trails his opponent, Oxnard. It turns out that Oxnard is working with an A.I.M. engineer, and when Cap follows the engineer he sicks his 2 warrior robots on him! Cap easily handles them, but still can’t get any solid proof of Oxnard’s involvement. So he pays Oxnard a little visit, and tells him how disappointed Captain America is in him. Finally, Steve Rogers, acting as Steve Rogers, joins Bolt’s campaign and goes out into the neighborhoods for him. Meanwhile, Rhodey finally finds Cap’s shield under the sea, but he accidentally drops it and it shatters! Whoops!

My 2 Cents:

  • Story: 4 stars – Even though the end of the book gets a little bit soap-boxy, I still really enjoyed most of this story. It was really cool to see how Steve / Cap deal with so many people – and how he carefully responds to each one.
  • Art: 4 stars – This issue had a fill-in art team, and they did a fantastic job! I know, usually one-shot art teams really mess up the visual continuity of the series, but not so this time. Several really great panels in this book.
  • Fun Factor: 4 stars – Political intrigue, compassion, clandestine espionage, a robot fight scene, intimidation and a grass roots political movement all combine to make this issue much more entertaining than the last few! Bravo!

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