A LOT happens in this issue.  First, Cap formally gets his shield back from Agent John Walker, who had been standing in for him as Cap for many issues, and right after he thanks Walker, Walker is assassinated.
Captain America then goes on the hunt for the killer, and just as he catches up with him…He’s killed by the new Scourge.  We’ve seen this guy before, but Cap has not.

It’s an exciting opening scene–but sadly from here Cap goes to a secret SHIELD base that is taken over by a computer virus, so he and Nick Fury, Dum Dum Dugan, and Gabe Jones have to fight the base defenses for the rest of the issue.

When it’s all over, Cap offers Fury a job in the Avengers, to which Fury wisely says…

“Don’t make me laugh!”

Also: An appearance by Ted Koppel, who interviews Cap about USAgent’s death.

The final page of the issue is a cliffhanger, showing that John Walker’s body has been stolen–so he probably isn’t dead.

Creators: Mark Gruenwald and Kieron Dwyer
Grade: First ten pages: B+.  Back two thirds: C-

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