America (4) #29-32 "Super Patriot" (2004)
Penciler: Scott Eaton
Inker: Drew Geraci
Letterer: Randy Gentile
Cover artist: Dave Johnson
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.
- Appearances by
Dum Dum, Sharon Carter, and what looks like Pierce(!)
by Baron Von Strucker (looking alive & well) in #31
latest versions of the LMDs feature "flawless" brain scan
downloads, making them so realistic.
Diamondback LMD appears to be a series 44, akin to Stanley Dreyfuss
in Elektra #1-5
Red Skull steals a new S.H.I.E.L.D. exo-armor.
Sub-Carrier, makes a return appearance, as well as the helicarrier,
apparently modeled on the Fox TV movie version.
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
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.