Captain America #189-190
Issue(s): Captain America #189, Captain America #190
...and he reluctantly complies.
He is subsequently beset by illusions of his enemies. He breaks free of the control, but it turns out that the psychiatrist and most of the rest of the SHIELD agents have been possessed by the deadly Nightshade (all the male members, so the Contessa is unaffected).
The Falcon, although still in his "Snap" Wilson persona, fights with Cap to fight Nightshade and free SHIELD. It turns out that her control is broken by direct sunlight, and she is defeated.
Throughout the course of the story, the Falcon starts to fuse his identities.
The Frank Robbins art just makes me want to rush through these issue as fast as i can.
Quality Rating: C-
Chronological Placement Considerations: Pushed back in publication time since Falcon remains in a coma between last arc and this one. Falcon's trial is in issue #191, but the trial doesn't necessarily takes place directly after this arc, and he can appear elsewhere in between.
Continuity Insert? N
My Reprint: N/A
Inbound References (1): showCaptain America, Contessa Valentina Allegro De La Fontaine, Eric Koenig, Falcon, Nightshade, Redwing
Steve Englehart was actually supposed to come back on this book after the John Warner 2-parter, but a combination of other projects and Jack Kirby's choosing this book to return to Marvel with changed his mind, forcing some quick fill-ins until Kirby began.
Posted by: Mark Drummond | July 10, 2011 10:53 PM
FOOM#9(3/75) contains two conflicting previews of this book's direction. In one, John Warner makes clear that he's only placeholding for Steve Englehart. In the 2nd, Tony Isabella speaks as though he's the permanent writer on Cap beginning with #189, and lasting until the Bicentennial. Stories he intended were the Falcon becoming more violent due to the Snap Wilson memories, Cap fighting villains in various periods of USA history, a Falcon-Luke Cage teamup to wipe out Morgan, a return of the Super-Adaptoid, the introduction of villains Gun-Runner and a 6th Sleeper(no joke,unfortunately), and a Cap-Batroc teamup on the Bicentennial. There's no mention of Jack Kirby coming back, which is bizarre because Englehart left(and tied up some Cap plotlines in Avengers) because Kirby was coming back and Isabella was supposed to be Kirby's placeholder. I'm guessing Kirby's return was decided way too close to FOOM's deadline, and nobody informed Warner yet that Englehart wasn't returning, or told Isabella yet that Kirby was coming, or told FOOM editor Scott Edelman about Kirby at all. It comes off as the most surreal upcoming news that Marvel ever published.
Posted by: Mark Drummond | February 24, 2013 3:15 PM
According to Isabella, nobody told him Kirby was returning until he was two issues into his run:
Posted by: Michael | August 24, 2013 11:46 PM
According to a recent interview with Englehart on CBR, John Warner was replaced with fill-ins not because Englehart changed his mind about returning, but because Warner was too slow with his scripts.
Posted by: Mark Drummond | June 11, 2017 12:04 PM
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