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Captain America #25-27 "Twisted Tomorrows" (2000)
Writer: Dan Jurgens
Penciler: Andy Kurbet

Inker: Dan Green
Colorist: Gregory Wright
Letterer: Todd Klein

Dum Dum Dugan recruits Captain America and Falcon to locate Nick Fury, who has gone missing while on a mission to locate the AWOL Gen. McAllister Groves. Dugan suspects radical supremacist groups who now hold a cache of anthrax took them. Cap and Falcon journey down to Idaho and learn that both men are prisoners of the Hate Monger, who used the general's security clearance to obtain the canisters of anthrax. Captain America, Falcon and Fury stand as the only hope before the Hate-Monger's plot to launch bio-weapon missiles in an attempt to start World War III.

  • Continuity Notes
  • Appearances by Dum Dum Dugan
  • Captain America and Falcon first learn of Nick Fury's return
  • Fury last tangled with the Hate-Monger in SHIELD (1)
  • Page from issue #27 is showcased in Marvel: The Characters and Their Universe by Michael Mallory
  • Reprinted in Captain America by Dan Jurgens V.1
  • Presented in Captain America: The Complete Collection DVD

Review
After Fury long absence during Mark Waid's run, it is a delight to finally see Cap and Fury fighting side by side in true partnership. Also a treat is the return of the Hate-Monger, who is given a menacing makeover. The use of the Monger was a choice villain to reunite fellow WWII vets Fury and Cap, and the three issues are sprinkled with fond and bittersweet remembrances of those times. Jurgens offers a touchingly epilogue to the events with a real reunion of friends as Fury and Cap get together at Fury's apartment to listen to an old favorite radio serial. Also rewarding is Falcon and Captain America's camaraderie as shown in the first two issues. The only downside is quite frankly Hate-Monger's plan; sure, the launch would be detrimental to the international scene, but directly leading to a global war? Not unless he had a way of making it look like someone else launched it. That minor quibble aside this is a triumphant return for Fury in the pages of Captain America with a great story and excellent art by Andy Kubert.

Rating

Voted Best Story of 2000 by SHIELD Central Forum (tie)