Characters Appearing: Captain America, Sharon Carter
Captain America #454
Issue(s): Captain America #454
X12 has his troops attack her, and (from Sharon's perspective) Cap kind of blunders in, ruining her sting. Fleeing X12's troops, they make their way to a slave camp where Sharon herself had been held prisoner in the past, and they free the prisoners.
In the end, Sharon gives Cap the coin, and they separate again, but on good terms this time.
In place of the lettercol there are some mini-essays from Waid and Garney. One interesting the from the Waid column is responding to comments from readers about how he rarely shows Cap's thoughts. Waid says it's because Cap is often three steps ahead of him; i think it's more about showing Cap as a man for whom thought and action are one (so basically, show don't tell). The fact that Waid could rely on Garney's clear action was surely also a factor (Waid compliments Garney, "who never, ever cheated the story with gratuitous pin-up shots of Sharon's rear end"). We're not too far from the point where Marvel eschews thought bubbles altogether. I think that as a general trend was a huge mistake, but i think for this specific book it fits the tone really well.
Garney's column reciprocates by complimenting Waid's clear exposition and character development ("working from his plots were an artist's dream") and also notes that Waid's stories "have a beginning, middle and ending". It's sad that that was a compliment, but in 1996 it definitely was.
Quality Rating: B
Chronological Placement Considerations: The MCP have this as Captain America's next appearance after the previous arc. It doesn't continue directly and doesn't necessary have to follow it without Cap making some detours first (Cap and Sharon were not working together at the the start of this), but i'll follow the MCP.
Continuity Insert? N
My Reprint: N/A
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