Captain America (4) #21-25 "Homeland" (2003)
Writer: Robert Morales
Artist: Chris Bachalo
Inker: Tim Townshend
Letterer: Randy Gentille

Captain 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 Cuba.

  • Continuity Notes
  • Appearances by Nick Fury in issues # 23-25
  • Cover appearance on issue #24
  • Fury is operating out of the S.H.I.E.L.D. Subcarrier.
  • S.H.I.E.L.D. needs to ask permission from Fidel Castro to operate in the Cuban nation.
  • The 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; this and Fury and Castro side by side. Somehow all this should feel more tense then it plays off, but the characterizations all seem to work in spite of 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 an impressive show. The art nearly escapes ruins with some good action staging and impressive photo-real backgrounds, but the way Bachalo draws people is simply too 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.