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Captain America & the Falcon #209

August 22, 2012

Jack Kirby
May 1977
****
The King retains his crown w/ a fantastic new villain: Arnim Zola, a Moreau-like bioengineer w/ a Blemmyes body & psi-camera head! But Zola’s only the greatest creative burst of several in this ish, like his freakish protoplasmic blob. Meanwhile, SHIELD redrafts Agent 13 to assist on an X-File.
[last issue: Captain America & the Falcon #208]
[next issue: Captain America & the Falcon #210]

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Captain America & the Falcon #208

August 21, 2012

Jack Kirby
April 1977
***
This jungle arc runs concurrent w/ Kirby’s offbeat run on Black Panther—prob’ly no coincidence, tho’ his Cap work feels less feverishly imaginative. In the rainforest of C. America, on the shores of the Rio de Muerto, Cap earns a female sidekick as he wrestles w/ one of Kirby’s rough-hided monsters.
[last issue: Captain America & the Falcon #207]
[next issue: Captain America & the Falcon #209]

Captain America & the Falcon #207

August 20, 2012

Jack Kirby
March 1977
***
Kirby re-examines his fave  theme of despotism & its annihilation of the spirit. Unlike the Madbomb Affair, this long arc in Central America doesn’t emulate an earlier classic; it’s a grindhouse flick w/ Monroe Doctrine undertones. Far from America protection, Cap serves justice to a Hispanic warden.
[last issue: Captain America & the Falcon #206]
[next issue: Captain America & the Falcon #208]

Captain America & the Falcon #206

August 19, 2012

Jack Kirby
February 1977
****
Kirby plots #206 well, mirroring a romantic dinner w/ a banquet of torture. The former, a rocky double-date w/ his partner, has Cap trying to repair his relaish w/ Sharon Carter. The latter occurs in Central America, where a banana dictator works men to death (shades, most currently, of Pinochet).
[last issue: Captain America & the Falcon #205]
[next issue: Captain America & the Falcon #207]

Captain America & the Falcon #204

August 17, 2012

Jack Kirby
December 1976
****
More “Theater of the Weird”, as Kirby puts it. At SHIELD’s psych ward, brainwashed Falcon faces a walking cadaver motivated by a disembodied intelligence. But the real drama is elsewhere, as Sharon Carter insists Cap hang up his shield. Their scenes vividly depict a couple arguing past each other.
[last issue: Captain America & the Falcon #203]
[next issue: Captain America & the Falcon #205]

Captain America & the Falcon #203

August 16, 2012

Jack Kirby
November 1976
**
One of Kirby’s weirder tales, this arc explores an insane asylum adrift in a dimension akin to the Negative Zone. The inmates may be mad, even violent, but they’ve also established a colony, one of the King’s “outsider enclaves.” Still, it collapses when Cap must rescue all from a horde of monsters.
[last issue: Captain America & the Falcon #202]
[next issue: Captain America & the Falcon #204]

Captain America & the Falcon #202

August 15, 2012

Jack Kirby
October 1976
***
Jack saturates #202 w/ ideas, but they’re all vaguely familiar & a bit too loose-limbed. The strongest, most sinister one has Falc & his gal brainwashed via ECT! This element of techno-coersion reiterates Kirby’s interest in totalitarian indoctrination, tho’ his villains here are pathetic, not evil.
[last issue: Captain America & the Falcon #201]
[next issue: Captain America & the Falcon #203]

Captain America & the Falcon #201

August 14, 2012

Jack Kirby
September 1976
***
From a pocket dimension, a lunatic fraternity of criminal vagabonds strike—kidnapping the Falcon’s lady! Only Kirby could’ve dreamed up the Night People, a weird fusion of tropes from Dickens & Poe. It’s not formulaic but it’s not quite good either. Kirby may’ve lost his grasp on solo superheroics.
[last issue: Captain America & the Falcon #200]
[next issue: Captain America & the Falcon #202]

Captain America & the Falcon #193

August 5, 2012

Jack Kirby
January 1976
****
Kirby rings in the Bicentennial w/ a return to his first major creation. Cap stops a NYC riot caused by a Madbomb. This Kirbytech, w/ nicknames that echo the A-bomb, is the secret weapon in an anti-US conspiracy. The intel comes from H. Kissinger himself, a SHIELD liaison hiding in a deathtrap lair!
[last issue: Captain America & the Falcon #192]
[next issue: Captain America & the Falcon #194]