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A Year of Cool Comic Book Moments – Day 97

Here is the latest cool comic book moment in our year-long look at one cool comic book moment a day (in no particular order whatsoever)! Here‘s the archive of the moments posted so far!

Here’s the third of five cool moments from Mark Waid and Ron Garney’s Captain America run!

Enjoy!

In Captain America #445, Captain America is cured by the Red Skull, who needs him to help fight against the foe that Cap was practically built to fight – Adolf Hitler, himself, who years ago was trapped in the Cosmic Cube by the Skull. Now, some neo-nazis have been working to free Hitler from the Cube, and the Skull is rightfully frightened that Hitler holds a grudge, so the Skull uses Cap to stop him (The Skull has enlisted the help of Sharon Carter, who Cap thought was dead for years, but has been working as a freelance operative ever since her faked death).

Eventually, the Skull’s real plan is revealed, he tricks Cap into the Cosmic Cube and distorts reality so that Cap thinks it is World War II again. Once Cap defeats Hitler, the Skull will gain control over the Cube (and, in effect, reality itself).

This is what happens throughout most of Captain America #448 (which allows Garney to draw a lot of neat World War II stuff, including an amazing Invaders).

Cap is just about to enter the bunker and destroy Hitler. Cap’s sub conscious, though, in the form of Bucky, convinces him this is all a lie and that he cannot break through that bunker door. Cap understands and, as you would expect, he is quite upset over all this (the Skull even recreated Cap’s mother just to be nice to Cap to spur Cap on in his quest to defeat Hitler)…

Cap holding the shield to the Skull’s throat is one of the most bad-ass Cap shots ever.

If I was not pressed for space, I would count the scene later in the issue where Cap cuts the Skull’s arm off, but alas, alack, Alaska.

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Man…shades of the Baron Blood decapitation in that last panel. Cap is major-league pissed there!

This is the point where Sharon Carter made her own return, right? I always thought her earlier “death” had been pointless. I’m glad Mark and Ron brought her back, as she’s been used nicely up to the current Brubaker run on the book.

Yep, I edited in a mention of Sharon’s retcon! Thanks for the reminder!

What a great run. And it always gets knocked, but the first year of the second run (and the ‘Sentinel of Liberty’ series) isn’t bad, either (the Red Skull/Korvac story onward…not so much).

So, how long before we get ‘A week of great Ka-Zar moments’?

Has it ever been established how sharp Cap’s shield is? I’m guessing it couldn’t have a razor edge, and I’ve always thought of it as a blunt object, especially when it clobbers someone in the head.

Shades of another cool moment: the Hulk running his future self through the chest with Cap’s shield in Future Imperfect #2 (which, Brian, I hope gets its own set of cool moments. For a two-issue series, I can think of at least four very cool moments in that story).

Ditto on Future Imperfect. The Rick’s-museum two-page reveal is one of the greatest things I’ve ever read in comics.

that moment showed that even a legend like cap has his limits on how far he can be pushed and that scene proved the skull met them. for cap proably dreamed about that scene being how he and the skulls final battle would end someday

If the shield didn’t work he could always use his chin.

@ Dan Felty:

Hey,at least he didn’t have the huge man boobs when Liefeld drew Cap.
Those things could choke a guy!

Another great moment happens right after the full page panel, Red Skull utters a great line. In response to Cap asking “Tell me there’s a way i won’t kill you”, Skull says, “There’s always a way” and then tries to go for the cosmic cube.

As anyone who had read Cap can tell you, that was always one of Cap’s basic beliefs. i’ve alwasy thought that one of the great things about Mark Waid’s writing is that there is always a sense of history behind it.

Great choice!

“Has it ever been established how sharp Cap’s shield is? I’m guessing it couldn’t have a razor edge, and I’ve always thought of it as a blunt object, especially when it clobbers someone in the head.”

When it’s got someone with the power of Cap behind it, you’d figure that even a blunt edge would be enough for a decapitation.

But, yeah, the second run really didn’t have the same energy this half did. Am I the only one getting a serious DKR vibe from the page where Cap’s actually “fighting” the Skull, even if it largely occurred out of frame?

Always liked how Garney didn’t go crazy with the chainmail look, too. That always kinda hurt the lines of a classic costume.

DanJack notes:
“Another great moment happens right after the full page panel, Red Skull utters a great line. In response to Cap asking “Tell me there’s a way i won’t kill you”, Skull says, “There’s always a way” and then tries to go for the cosmic cube.’

Hmm, wait a minute. “There’s always a way” was just the punchline in Brian’s Cool Moment #95 from another Waid Cap issue, in that instance spoken by a good guy. Interesting…

I believe Skull says something else after today’s page, along the lines of “You haven’t been able to do it yet”

Brian,

That line actually makes more sense.

@Jeff Holland “And it always gets knocked, but the first year of the second run (and the ‘Sentinel of Liberty’ series) isn’t bad, either (the Red Skull/Korvac story onward…not so much).”

I concur. First year second time round ALSO had some fantastic moments.

I happen to own this issue.

Red Skull’s response is, “How many times … have you said it … yourself, Rogers? There’s ALWAYS … a way ….”

“Has it ever been established how sharp Cap’s shield is? I’m guessing it couldn’t have a razor edge, and I’ve always thought of it as a blunt object, especially when it clobbers someone in the head.”

It must be decently sharp. He cuts through a plane with it earlier in the book (holding it up close like with the Red Skull’s neck) and uses it to cut off Red Skull’s arm just after today’s moment by throwing it across the room.

Red Skull’s response is,
“How many times … have you said it … yourself, Rogers? There’s ALWAYS … a way ….”/

Thanks! So Waid not only reuses the phrase, but has the Skull “hang a lantern” on it being practically a motto of Cap’s.

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