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Captain America #3 (Vol. 3)
December 9th, 2012 by Rusty

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Captain America #3 cover

Captain America #3 (Vol. 3)

Date: March 1998
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Cover Price: $1.99
2012 NM Price: $3.00
Stats: 22 color pages plus ads and Bullpen Bulletins.
Writer: Mark Waid
Artists: Ron Garney, Bob Wiacek, Joe Rosas and John Costanza
Notable Notes: Cap gets his old, old shield back!

Nostalgic for the Old Cap?

If you are a fan of the old Captain America (a la Golden and Silver Age Cap) then you’ll find some fun tidbits in this issue. Namor, the historical display and Cap’s old shield are all reminders that Captain America has a lot of history. It is good to see creators remind us of this title’s rich heritage!


Hydra takes over the Smithsonian museum in Washington, D.C. and demands that Captain America answer their calls for a fight. Now who could resist that? Meanwhile we find Cap practicing with his new shield that Tony Stark created for him, but it’s just not the same and he ends up wrecking a bunch of valuable stuff in the Avengers mansion. Namor assures the Captain that he is looking for his regular shield (which he dropped in the ocean last issue) but until then Cap travels to the capital city to duel the agents of Hydra. Hydra has a crazy new leader and 2 captive boys in the museum, but that doesn’t stop Captain America – in fact while he’s there he discovers his old, non-round shield in one of the displays! How lucky is that! Anyway, he uses it to put the whoop on Hydra and save the day. Aww… my hero!

My 2 Cents:

Overall this was a fun story – or rather it took place in a totally fun setting. If you’ve been to the Smithsonian then you’ll enjoy the scenery in this book. My favorite part was the subtle alteration of the Superman statue! It was also cool to see Cap wrestling with the loss of his good old shield, which is believable and something I would totally expect to happen. Mark Waid is a great writer and this issue is just one more showcase of his exceptional skills.

How I Rate This Issue:

  • Story: 3 stars
  • Art: 3 stars
  • Fun Factor: 3 stars

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