America (4) #21-25 "Homeland" (2003)
Writer: Robert Morales
Artist: Chris Bachalo
Inker: Tim Townshend
Letterer: Randy Gentille
America is on the US base in Cuba to participate in a military tribunal
of an Iranian intellectual, Hedayat, arrested under the Patriot Act.
Following a prison breakout, where Hedayat is taken as well, Captain
America calls on Nick Fury and S.H.I.E.L.D. for assistance in operating in
by Nick Fury in issues # 23-25
appearance on issue #24
is operating out of the S.H.I.E.L.D. Subcarrier.
needs to ask permission from Fidel Castro to operate in the Cuban
cover of #24 is featured on a 'Leadership' card in HeroClix's Marvel
Superhero Showdown line.
Somewhat light, almost farcical story juggles a plot involving
Al-Quedia detainees escaping into Cuba, with Captain America
dealing with a secret government plot that nearly tried to kill him;
and Castro side by side. Somehow all this should feel more tense
then it plays off, but the characterizations all seem to work in
it all. Its nice to see Fury and Cap back on very friendly terms
(see Fury's offer
for a night on the town in Havana on New Year's Eve). In fact
the last two issues are very S.H.I.E.L.D. heavy with Sub-Carrier making
show. The art nearly escapes ruins with some good action staging
and impressive photo-real backgrounds, but the way Bachalo draws
cartoony for my taste. The last three issues are worth a look
at least in the 25 cent bin. I mean hey, Fidel and Fury, how can
you not at
least take a look.