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Captain America #5 (Vol. 3)
January 5th, 2013 by Rusty

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Captain America #5

Captain America #5 (Vol. 3)

Date: May 1998
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Cover Price: $1.99
2013 NM Price: $3.00
Stats: 22 color pages plus ads, Bullpen Bulletins and “American Graffiti” letters page
Writer: Mark Waid
Artists: Ron Garney, John Beatty, Andy Smith, Joe Rosas, John Costanza
Notable Notes: Cap and Thor battle Hydra!

Hydra’s On The Move!

The last few issues have been hinting that the new “Sensational Hydra” leader has an evil plan, and is working towards its fruition. Now we, as patient readers of this 14-year-old story arc, finally learn what the terrorist organization is up to – and it ain’t pretty!


In Captain America #4 we saw Cap and Hawkeye battle Batroc – much to the enjoyment of Hydra’s new leader. Now Cap is angry, and this issue begins with Thor and him attacking Hydra’s London compound while the rest of the Avengers take out Hydra’s other international locations. In the process they learn that there is only one Hydra group that is seeking out Captain America – the one with the “Sensational” leader. Cap and Thor return to New York for a relaxing lunch where Thor dispenses his godly wisdom, and the American based Hydra lures Captain America to the top of the Empire State building for a showdown. Cap rushes in only to find out that Hydra has been infiltrated by some Skrull aliens with chips on their shoulders! They contain and restrain Cap, then one of them does the unthinkable – he morphs into the likeness of Captain America and goes to play up his adoring public while the real cap is tied up in a utility room! Nooooo!

My 2 Cents:

  • I’m not sure why Cap and Thor had to go to London to get the answers they were seeking, but it worked. That aside, this was another fun issue to read – especially the last half where the Skrull reveal their devious plans!
  • It doesn’t seem to be very common where we see super heroes doing normal stuff – like eating. But this issue gives a few pages of Captain America and Thor just chilling out in a diner and having a regular conversation. Not too exciting, but still fun to see once in a while!
  • The art was great for the most part. There were 2 inkers working on this issue and you could tell. The big 2 page spreads were totally awesome though!

How I Rate This Issue:

  • Story: 4 stars
  • Art: 4 stars
  • Fun Factor: 5 stars

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