Characters Appearing: Andrew 'Jock' Jackson, Bernie Rosenthal, Burner (Crucible), Captain America, Dead Ringer, Death Adder, Fabian Stankowicz, Falcon, Fireworks Fielstein, Lifter (Meteorite), Mad Dog Rassitano, Marcus Stone, Mike Farrel, Peeper (Occult), Peggy Carter, Rigger Ruiz
Captain America #426
Issue(s): Captain America #426
They nearly get killed, but the tables turn when Dead Ringer transforms into Death Adder. It's too bad; it would have been pretty funny if this whole plotline were cut short because the bad guys randomly got killed by other bad guys.
Code Blue show up in the aftermath, and "Cap" tells them that he was forced by the Resistants to break into the armored truck or else they would kill his "friend" Dead Ringer (who has now transformed back into a regular human).
The real Captain America was telling the Falcon about the imposter situation. They hear about this event but arrive too late.
I definitely feel like i'm watching re-runs. The majority of the story is a fake Captain America fighting the Resistants, just like in Captain America #343. And Cap showing up after it's all over reminds me of Captain America #339. It's not exactly like those past issues, but it feels like echos.
Quality Rating: C-
Chronological Placement Considerations: Last issue was "a few days back".
Continuity Insert? N
My Reprint: N/A
Gruenwald said in an interview around this time that Dead Ringer can only mimic people who are dead, not people who used to be dead like Thanos. I have to wonder if the idea is that Night Flyer died AGAIN when the Hulk smashed his glider in Hulk 264. Especially since he has no further appearances after this but we do see robot Night Flyers in Heroes For Hire, which might be duplicates built because the real Night Flyer is dead.
Posted by: Michael | March 15, 2018 8:41 PM
Dead Ringer says of the Night Flyer, "He apparently fought the real Captain America once and got himself croaked the first time out. I happened upon his cremains at a flea market.". And there's footnote only to the Cap issues. Which isn't to say that Night Flyer couldn't have died again in between the first death and his remains winding up in a flea market, but it seems like neither the Ringer, Gruenwald, or the editors knew about it.
Posted by: fnord12 | March 15, 2018 8:46 PM
My fan fix for Dead Ringer, whose ability to duplicate technological as well as biological powers by handling corpses stretches even comic-book credulity, is that he’s really some kind of Adaptoid. The Cosmic Cube’s involvement in creating the original (Super-)Adaptoid could account for the seemingly magical way Dead Ringer’s powers work.
Posted by: Walter Lawson | March 21, 2018 1:04 AM
I like Walter Lawson's fan fix.
The idea of the Resistants attacking the MLF is a nice nod tot he way real tarrorist groups tend to engage in infighting with other groups that have similar, but not entirely identical stated goals. It would've been more interesting -- and probably more saleable -- than the plotline with Super-Patrot and Dead Ringer.
Posted by: Omar Karindu | March 21, 2018 5:45 AM
I thought, in the day, that the Resistants were a clever repackaging of a lame not-Brotherhood. Great look, actual motivation set besides just being badguys. Too bad nothing I'm aware of was ever much done with them.
That's true about terrorists, of course - but my impression of the MLF is they were wall-to-wall jerks, so a conflict with them could really be about anything...
Posted by: BU | March 21, 2018 8:53 AM
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