Brian C. Saunders:
Characters Appearing: Crossbones
Marvel Comics Presents #129 (Crossbones)
Issue(s): Marvel Comics Presents #129 (Crossbones story only)
Anyway, this time, there's a problem because a terrorist group called the Fortress is demanding that their leader be treated by the hospital's top neurosurgeon after he was injured in an explosion caused by the group. But the neurosurgeon was already in surgery on another patient, and the leader has died. Fortress is not yet aware of that. So Dr. Lepre offers to talk to Fortress, pretending that she's the neurosurgeon.
Fortress look less like terrorists and more like characters from Bill Laimbeer's Combat Basketball (the greatest NES game ever, by the way).
Crossbones has been plotting his escape since the second this all came up, and the minute he's left alone (!) in a "heavily guarded room", he escapes.
Meanwhile, i don't know what Dr. Lepre's plan was. She managed to delay Fortress for a bit, but eventually they come to the hospital demanding to see their leader, and there's nothing to be done about the fact that he's dead. We do later learn that the police have surrounded the building, but for now you've got several heavily armed terrorists inside the hospital with Lepre.
Luckily Crossbones' escape leads him to this room.
Crossbones doesn't want Fortress to think he's a hero or anything. He explains that helping Dr. Lepre should prove that he's been "rehabilitated". They don't quite get it and invite him to join them, but he chases them away.
He figures that now that he's disarmed them, it'll be easy for the police to capture them.
I'd say it's nice to have a story featuring a (non-comatose) villain, but it's not like we haven't had regular back-ups featuring the villains in Captain America's book, and those stories actually had more depth than this.
Quality Rating: D
Chronological Placement Considerations: Crossbones was captured in Captain America #410 but he's shown to be free in Sleepwalker #20. So this should probably go in between, and i guess we can say that Crossbow's scheme worked, since the Sleepwalker issue didn't bother to explain how Crossbones got out of the Vault. It's said that Crossbones has been participating in the rehabilitation program "for the last six months".
Continuity Insert? N
My Reprint: N/A
Gotta love prisons that let the bad guys keep their masks on
Posted by: Bob | April 6, 2017 3:19 PM
Also, someone correct me if I'm wrong, but I don't think Crossbones has any actual superhuman powers, so why is he in the Vault? Unless if you wear a mask, have a villain name, and fight a superhero, they just stick you there just cause?
Posted by: mikrolik | April 6, 2017 11:19 PM
I just realized how much Crossbones reminds me of DC's Bane. They both look more like masked wrestlers than costumed super-villains.
Posted by: Clutch | April 7, 2017 8:13 AM
By this point, the basic concept of the Vault has been stretched quite a bit; we've also seen the Wizard and the Scarecrow there in the lead-up to Acts of Vengeance, for example.
Posted by: Omar Karindu | April 7, 2017 9:06 AM
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