REVIEW CORNER: Captain America # 346
Captain America # 346
Writer: Mark Gruenwald
Penciller: Kieron Dwyer
Inker: Al Milgrom
Letterer: Jack Morelli
Colorist: Bob Sharen
Cover Date: October 1988
This week, I’ll take a look at Captain America # 346, which marks the first solo adventure of John Walker, and with last week’s episode of “The Falcon And The Winter Soldier” having everyone’s jaws drop In shock, I figured that this is an issue worth taking a look at.
After the events of the previous issue where The Watchdogs brutally murdered John Walker’s parents, causing the latter to respond in a very savage way by single-handedly murdering some of them or injuring them, leaves The Commission to wonder if they picked the right guy to replace Steve Rogers. Meanwhile, The Resistants recruit Mentallo (Now called Think-Tank) to help them oppose The Mutant Registration Act by rescuing other mutants so The Commission brings in Freedom Force (Marvel’s version of The Suicide Squad) set a trap by putting “Quicksilver” (Played by Mystique) in a mock trial, that’s when things get out of control.
Walker joins in as backup for Freedom Force but when The Resistants get involved, he makes short work of them and it’s an intense showing seeing as this is a Captain America who’s fighting style is so calculated yet brutal and overwhelming, it really paints him as being unpredictable; With The Watchdogs’ slaying of his parents, seeing John Walker come unhinged all while dealing with grief over his parents’ death shows how he’s willing to do whatever it takes to win a battle and will have you wondering that he will do next.
Mark Gruenwald did a phenomenal job of reinventing Captain America’s status-quo with this arc because this method of brutality that John Walker was accustomed to would never fly if Steve Rogers would have taken this route, and thanks to “The Falcon And The Winter Soldier” giving Walker a new lease on life, these stories are still looked at with fondness by Captain America fans out there and proved how exciting Marvel Comics were back in the 1980s.
Well, that’s it for me I’ll be back next week with another review so thanks for sticking around and I will see you all next time.