Avengers #305-307 (July-September 1989)

These three issues start with the assemblage of a new Avengers line-up (as well as a change in the status of the West Coast Avengers) before turning to a fight against the Lava Men (first seen here way back in Avengers #5). Issue #305 starts with Captain America welcoming almost all current and former members... Continue Reading →

Captain America #355 (July 1989)

This issue starts a three-part storyline that reintroduces a Captain America foe who will become much more prominent in coming years. (Hint: Like the current Baron Zemo, she's second-generation.) It also heralds a split of sorts in the title, as secondary characters receive much more attention—in the case, as highlighted on the cover, it's Lemar... Continue Reading →

Avengers #304 (June 1989)

This issue is hardly significant, being a done-in-one fill-in, but it also comes between two longer storylines, and was published the same month as an important issue of Captain America, so it's most easily dealt with on its own. (Listen, they're not all going to be epic posts, OK?) It does feature a small group... Continue Reading →

Captain America #354 (June 1989)

Looking at the cover, you might think Captain America is back as "The Captain"... but didn't he just reclaim his original identity four issues ago? Maybe it's someone else in the red, white, and black costume? But whoever could it be? I mean, sure, there's that "other guy," but he's dead, isn't he? This issue... Continue Reading →

Captain America #352-353 (April-May 1989)

These two issues introduce a little (very little) bit of international intrigue as Captain America confronts opposed factions within the Soviet superhero world, including a trip behind the Iron Curtain (which would fall later that year) himself. Issue #352 opens with Cap holding auditions for Avenger Idol across the top half of a double-page spread,... Continue Reading →

Avengers #299-300 (January-February 1989)

These two issues see the Captain assemble the latest Avengers team and it is... definitely something. It is also his last story before the landmark Captain America #350, after which everything changes (in Stan Lee's sense of "change," at least). I'm impressed by how tightly the Avengers and Captain America comics were coordinated in these... Continue Reading →

Avengers Annual #17 (1988)

This issue continues Steve Rogers' gradual return to the Avengers that began in Avengers #298, although this annual does not feature any Avengers team we've seen before (which will be explained later). It is also part of a multi-part storyline, "The Evolutionary War," stretched across the 1988 annuals, in a practice that would continue for... Continue Reading →

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