web stats

CSBG Archive

A Year of Cool Comic Book Moments – Day 99

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


Okay, so at the end of the “traitor” story, Sharon Carter disappears with a device that has all of Cap’s top secret info on it. In the next issue, Captain America #454, the LAST issue of Waid and Garney’s sadly too-short run, Cap goes after her and finds out what her game is. She’s trying to use the device to draw an Asian warlord out of hiding so she can assassinate him. She figures that with him dead, the government he formed would collapse, and eventually resistance fighters will build up to the point where they can rescue all the people stuck in a prison camp (a prison camp that Carter herself spent some time in in the past). When Cap sees the prison camp, well, he has a different take on the situation…

Click on the awesome battle scene to enlarge.

Okay, so SHIELD has to get out of there before they start a full-fledged war, only Sharon is not willing to go with SHIELD just yet (also, do note that when Sharon showed up in the book again, we learn that she’s sort of pissed that Cap never came to check to see if she was really dead way back when – so she was dealing with some abandonment issues)…

What a nifty way to say goodbye to the title in its last issue before the reboot.

“The” moment for me would be the salute as Cap is beamed aboard, although the battle scene is pretty darn cool, as well.


Then along came Liefeld.

One year later, Waid and Garney were back on the title for their second stint.

I wouldn’t blame Sharon for being crossed with Cap. He never asked Fury to see the body or visit her burial site. They just showed him a video of Sharon burning to death and he moved on to Bernie Rosenthal soon after that. Cap is a heel when it comes to his women.

‘ill hold off the army’ is the moment for me. because sharon doesnt question it. she knows he can do it.

havent read a lot cap before heroes return. very keen for a trade of this.

Patrick Joseph

April 10, 2009 at 6:19 am

dmor173: The trade collecting the whole run’s been out for a while. You should pick it up. I just got a used copy a couple of months ago and had a lot of fun with the book. I’d read about half of it when it first came out, and these stories stand up a lot better than most Marvel items of that era.

There’s not a single moment in that issue that ISN’T a great comic book moment.

“I’ll hold off the army.”

Ladies and gentlemen, Captain America.

“They remember. We all remember.” Awesome. And then, because he’s Cap, he goes and fights an entire army. Hell yeah.

too bad that issue was waids last of his first run and the salute cap and sharon give each other a little haunting .cool moment

Sorry, I’m not getting all the love for this week’s moments. This just looks like pretty weak 90’s era stuff to me. I didn’t collect it the first time and this doesn’t inspire me in any way to go try to find it. In 70 years’ worth of comics, does this week’s entries really constitute 1/73rd of the all-time coolest moments in all those comics? I don’t think so.

Although I agree about not feeling it for these Cap moments, it is not the 365 best moments. It’s just 365 cool moments.

yeah, I’ve tried reading this run and it’s just too 90’sish. I agree with Craig. And these moments all just seem to be Captain America posing and someone saying “He’s a legend” not literally but with that effect.

This run on Cap is about the strongest example of ’90s comics you could find. Sorry if it doesn’t ‘inspire’ you, but i would wager that most of us totally dig this stuff.
If this run doesn’t excite you, what ’90s comics would you give as examples of ‘great runs’ or ‘great moments’?
i’m sure that there are others out there. Thanks!

Oh Phillip, the posing that Cap does in this issue is taking on an ENTIRE Army. Sounds legendary to me. :-]

I don’t know, there’s just so many things that came out in the 90’s that don’t look like they came out by the original Image. Mostly not from Marvel, but them’s the breaks.

Also, Cap vs. an army is a little generic and looks like something that would be on a Fox cartoon. Why don’t we just have 365 days of guys lifting something huge or throwing something far or beating someone big?


April 10, 2009 at 1:47 pm

As I’ve said before, these issues stand out from just about anything else being done at the time.

They may not be the greatest Cap stories of all time, but in the context of the time they were absolutely brilliant.
Especially compared to what immediately followed them.

Hm, wonder if Garney was working with a different inker on this one.

For me, the “moment” is toss-up. It’s either “I don’t see why not” or “Meanwhile, I’ll hold off the army.”

I personally feel very nostalgic about this run because I grew up reading it. I was about 14 when this run hit the stands and I only caught the tail end of it, the “Man Without a Country” part. I had to wait ten years before I read the first part of the story. To me, it was worth the wait.

Plus how awesome is it that he doesn’t kiss her? Always leave them wanting.

Garney had something pretty much all the early Image output had – the ability to tell a story visually, rather than just draw a random sequence of pinup images.

One of the best issues in Waid and Garney’s second run is (I think) #4, where he has to rescue a submarine. The last page of that issue packs a huge wallop for me. I don’t want to spoil what happens in this initial post, but, gee it’s good :)

I like the whole set of panels from when they lean in to kiss. For me, that’s the moment. A nice, fun scene, that still stays true to Cap and his history with Sharon.

Cap vs a whole army was kind of dumb. I wish I was American, maybe then I’d find these Cap moments much cooler.

Leave a Comment



Review Copies

Comics Should Be Good accepts review copies. Anything sent to us will (for better or for worse) end up reviewed on the blog. See where to send the review copies.

Browse the Archives