Captain America #444
Issue(s): Captain America #444
The resolution isn't for this issue, in any event. This story deals, indirectly, with Cap being missing by setting up a scenario where a group of terrorists take over the Jefferson Memorial, holding hostages, and demand that Captain America be turned over to them. In Cap's absence, the Avengers show up. They're not able to attack the terrorists, at least at first, because they have sophisticated armored suits and traps that will kill the hostages. So a good portion of the issue involves the Avengers explaining to the Federal agent in charge, James McElroy, exactly "What's so special about Captain America?".
It's very on the nose and a bit cheesy, in my opinion.
Once we're done with that, the Avengers rescue the hostages and take on the terrorists.
In the end, we find out that a mysterious someone was actually behind the terrorists' attack, as a way of forcing the Avengers to admit that Cap is missing (which is pretty much the only acceptable way that a random group of terrorists should have the kind of advanced armor that they did). We also see that our mysterious someone is holding Cap.
Waid & Garney do a good job with the action sequences, showing the Avengers using their powers in clever ways to deal with the unique hostage situation. And i suppose it is necessary to reinforce the "why Cap is special" message every so often in a universe where his abilities are pretty mundane compared to just about everyone else. I just think this message is better reinforced by showing it rather than via testimonials.
Quality Rating: B-
Chronological Placement Considerations: It's been "two weeks" since the Avengers last saw Captain America.
Continuity Insert? N
My Reprint: N/A
Inbound References (1): showBlack Widow, Captain America, Crystal, Deathcry, Henry Pym, Hercules, James McElroy, Quicksilver, Red Skull, Sharon Carter
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