Captain America (4) #29-32 "Super Patriot" (2004)
Writer: Robert Kirkman
Penciler: Scott Eaton
Inker: Drew Geraci
Letterer: Randy Gentile
Cover artist: Dave Johnson

A reunited Captain America and Diamondback take on a cavalcade of foes ranging from Hydra to the Serpent Society, thanks to a plot by the Red Skull and a rogue band of S.H.I.E.L.D. agents.

Continuity Notes

  • Appearances by Dum Dum, Sharon Carter, and what looks like Pierce(!)
  • Appearance by Baron Von Strucker (looking alive & well) in #31
  • The latest versions of the LMDs feature "flawless" brain scan downloads, making them so realistic.
  • The Diamondback LMD appears to be a series 44, akin to Stanley Dreyfuss in Elektra #1-5
  • The Red Skull steals a new S.H.I.E.L.D. exo-armor.
  • The Sub-Carrier, makes a return appearance, as well as the helicarrier, apparently modeled on the Fox TV movie version.
  • Reprinted in Avengers Disassembled: Captain America TPB .

Its old-home week as a plethora of unseen foes and allies since the Mark Gruenwald run show up, including the Serpent Society. Fury and company put in a wasted appearance; only the art may make it worth your time. Oh, and apparently Baron Von Strucker is still alive too (rolls eyes). Fun but unsatisfying storyline is a throwback to pre Nu-Marvel storytelling with writer Robert Kirkman taking a style-over-substance approach to much of what is going on. The story reads like its Gruenwald with a darker sense of humor, but nothing seems to be treated seriously at all and almost reads like a spoof.

As for Fury and the gang, its pretty much nothing more then bookend appearances, but they make a strong impact for the finale. The rogue band of agents are nothing more then comic relief, offering no menace whatsoever. The return of the series 44 LMD (probably unbeknownst to the creative team) makes for a nice twist at the end and would provide a more interesting story for Fury if anyone cared to write it. Sure we get to see Dum Dum all buff again and Von Strucker cameos for a nice joke, but it doesn't make sense continuity wise. It could have been worse, but it could have been allot better; mildly recommended.