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Captain America #9 (Vol. 3)
July 21st, 2013 by Rusty

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Captain America #9 cover

Captain America #9 (Vol. 3)

Date: September 1998
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Cover Price: $1.99
2013 NM Price: $3.00
Stats: 22 color pages plus “American Graffiti” letters page, Bullpen Bulletins, fold-out gate cover and ads
Writer: Mark Waid
Artists: Andy Kubert, Jesse Delperdang, Chris Sotomayor and Todd Klein
Notable Notes: Cap gets another new shield!

Another Strange Relationship

The relationship between Steve Rogers and Sharon Carter is kind of weird. It very much reminds me of the one between Matt Murdock (aka Daredevil) and Natasha Romanoff (aka The Black Widow) – meaning that it is always on-again and off-again. I guess that’s the nature of long-term comic stories, but c’mon – those are 2 hot women and I think both men should just go for it! Anyway, here is another issue in which Sharon plays a big part in helping out her former lover.


Captain America #8 was a tie-in issue that took a break from the main Cap story line. This issue picks the main story back up again. It begins with Sharon Carter (who is working for S.H.I.E.L.D.) investigating a famous baseball player who freaked out and attacked a group of his fans. She figures it must be related to other “public hero” types who are also making bad judgement calls and incredibly stupid decisions – so she decides to visit Steve Rogers to see if he can offer any insight. (Because, let’s face it, he sometimes does crazy stuff too!) Meanwhile Steve is strolling through his neighborhood and finds that a homeless family has been occupying his apartment – but rather than kick them out he lets them stay and tries to help them. See – ever the hero that Steve Rogers! Anyway, after Sharon shows up the two of them change into their super-duds and head out into the town to see if they can get any clues. They stop by to ask a rich construction tycoon to help with hiring some people who need jobs, but it does no good as he freaks out on them and sends the Rhino in to destroy his latest building project! Turns out he’s been bitten by the crazy bug too, and Sharon and Cap try to stop him – but not before he brings the tower down on top of our beloved red, white and blue hero!

My 2 Cents:

  • Story: 3 stars – Usually I really like Mark Waid’s stories, but this one was just ho-hum average.
  • Art: 3 stars – Kubert is a good artist, but this issue had too much of that ’90s style – you know, impossible body types and unrealistic poses.
  • Fun Factor: 3 stars – A good read, but nothing too whiz-bang fun. I’m hoping the story picks up next issue.

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