Captain America #237
Issue(s): Captain America #237
...Captain America learns that Sharon Carter was killed while she was under their control.
A week later, the Falcon finds that Steve has moved out of his apartment (this may be the same mystery man that was saw trailing Cap in Captain America #231-232).
He heads to the Avengers Mansion. Steve eventually shows up.
He's got a new apartment and a job as a freelance commercial artist.
This new apartment complex, and apartment mates Mike Farrel (he really is a fireman)...
...and Joshua Cooper...
...are a big part of Cap's civilian life for a while.
So is Anna Kappelbaum, who invites him and a few other tenants to dinner, and he learns that she was a Holocaust victim...
...that he rescued (she doesn't know it was him, of course).
Hearing her story helps Cap cope with Sharon's death and decide to keep going on as Captain America. Then Nick Fury calls with a request for help.
McKenzie's dialogue can get a little clunky. That said, there are pretty significant changes in this issue. It's pretty amazing how Chris Claremont swoops in for one issue and leaves Cap with an entirely new status quo. Sharon Carter confirmed dead. Steve Rogers with a new civilian career as a commercial artist. A new supporting cast.
Peter Parker has a brief cameo as one of the press people at Cap's press conference. It's not mentioned whether he's working for the Bugle or the Globe.
Quality Rating: C
Chronological Placement Considerations: Nick Fury's call is in the middle of the night, and he asks Cap to see him the next day at 7am. The next issue of Cap starts with him already on his mission, with some flashbacks to the 7am meeting. So the next issue doesn't have to be placed directly after this one, but no Cap appearances should appear between now and then. This reconciliation with Fury (resolving a dispute with SHIELD that goes back to issue #231) should occur after Marvel Two-In-One #51, where it's said that Cap is still mad at him.
Continuity Insert? N
My Reprint: N/A
Inbound References (1): showAnna Kappelbaum, Beast, Captain America, Carol Danvers, Falcon, Josh Cooper, Mike Farrel, Nick Fury, Spider-Man, Vision, Wasp
Claremont was originally announced to be taking over Captain America with this issue, but I guess he didn't go beyond this one.
Posted by: Mark Drummond | July 1, 2012 11:16 PM
I only read this issue last night and I hoped Cap would stay Steve a bit longer, with some episodes of Steve suddenly having super strength and skills but at the end it seems Cap won't stay out for too long.
Posted by: David Banes | November 25, 2013 7:31 PM
really annoying the way that Josh and Steve are toasting "to good friends" after meeting about two minutes ago.
I was thinking, the first issues that hint at Steve Rogers art talents were the Steve Gerber "pinko-counter culture" issues which turned out to be false memory implants. So what if the idea that Steve is a good artist is an implant too?
I imagine a scene where Steve shows up to be a commercial artist and all he can draw are stick figures and scribbles. Would that be funny?
Posted by: kveto | March 20, 2015 6:28 PM
Does it seem out of character to anyone else that Vision calls Cap "Cap"? That just reads like a writer who doesn't know how to do Vision's dialogue properly. But maybe I'm just not remembering other times when Vision might have called him Cap?
Posted by: Erik Beck | April 15, 2015 10:09 AM
Also, this is a tough placement for cap. it takes him ages to follow up on Sharons death. Lets see he travels to transia, stops off in russia, trains tony stark how to fight, all before he can check to see if his girlfriend got incinerated or not.
Posted by: kveto | February 27, 2016 5:06 PM
The reporter that shows Cap the footage tells him that she was filming "the night you first fought the National Front" which sounds like it wasn't that recent. I'd argue that Cap didn't want to believe what he might have seen and he put it out of his head while dealing with other things. It does seem like a little time has passed, and i'd say it works better if he's occupied with other things, since it provides a reason why he didn't look for Sharon sooner.
Posted by: fnord12 | February 27, 2016 6:57 PM
yeah, i understand (although in the cap series it was already several issues since Sharon got incinerated. Cap is at least thinking about her in those issues). I don't have a problem with him going on Avengers missions, per se. But taking time out to train Tony Stark how to fistfight makes Cap just seem heartless.
Posted by: kveto | February 27, 2016 7:33 PM
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