As a character, Captain America is really lost. Roger McKenzie gave him a secret identity–artist Steve Rogers–but beyond that, they really didn’t know what to do with him. In this arc, a villain steals the master matrix that SHIELD uses to make LMDs, and instead the villain–a dying old man–gets turned into a twisted freak. It’s not particularly imaginative or interesting.
Then we get our first glimpses into his private life, and for the first time we meet Josh Cooper, a black man who is his neighbor. Not only do the two of them look kind of like gay lovers, but as a reader you’re left wondering, “What the Hell? Your best pal was Falcon and now you replace him with another fit black guy??? Where the Hell is Falcon?”
Creators: Roger McKenzie and Rich Buckler (243), Don Perlin (244)