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 →

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 #351 (March 1989)

This issue serves as an aftermath to last month's game-changing issue #350, a breather if you will, that reintroduces a beloved classic supporting character, reconnects Captain America with an old pal (and explains the recent tensions between them), and signals a change in the fortunes of one John Walker after his abbreviated term as the... 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 →

Avengers #290 (April 1988)

This issue sees the Captain return to the Avengers' side temporarily, before rejoining on a more permanent basis in issue #298—and no time like the present, when the Avengers are facing "Heavy Metal," a short-lived group of malevolent androids/AI. The main threat among them is the Super-Adaptoid, an invention of A.I.M. based on a Cosmic... Continue Reading →

Captain America #339 (March 1988)

This issue looks like a lousy event tie-in—and to a large extent it is—but Mark Gruenwald ties it in to Steve Rogers' inner turmoil very well, ensuring that there is more than enough quality content here to keep us busy, starting with an airplane conversation among the Captain's New Kooky Quartet and ending with more... Continue Reading →

Captain America #337 (January 1988)

After the last issue debuted Steve Rogers' new hero identity, "The Captain," this issue reveals his new costume, shown on the cover to the right, itself an homage to Cap's first modern appearance in Avengers #4. We also see Cap pushed even closer to the side of lawbreaking—and not because he's almost violating the court... Continue Reading →

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