At last!  J.M. DeMatteis and Mike Zeck are in place, getting started on a very long, very positive run on Captain America.

And, despite Jim Shooter’s edict that all stories be told in one issue, they start off with a three-issue story.  And not just any story, a Red Skull story!

It starts with Cap going to L.A. to investigate the activities of a new version of Nomad, the character he (briefly) became when he felt completely disillusioned by his own government.  (Back in Captain America #179.)  There’s also a shadowy character called “Teacher” who is directing behind-the-scenes actions by Nomad.  Nomad’s not a good guy.  He and a “Fake Cap” (a giant robot with a human brain called Ameridroid, last seen in Cap #221) who is being instructed by the Teacher, are part of a disinformation campaign to make Cap look incompetent and Nomad look like the bee’s knees.

Of course, The Teacher is Red Skull, who kills Nomad and captures Cap.

The punchline, though, fails a little.  Skull is making a movie about Cap being a loser, so he can show it to Americans and have them turn on Cap.  That seems kind of silly, and a long way to go to justify this complicated a plot.

Still, Mike Zeck sells the hell out of it, and it’s good to see Cap being Cap again.

Creators: J.M. DeMatteis and Mike Zeck
Grade: B+

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