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1829: Captain America #168 (v1)

" ...And a Phoenix Shall Arise! "
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Captain America #168 (v1)
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Editor-in-Chief: Roy Thomas
Cover Artists: Sal Buscema
Writers: Tony Isabella, Roy Thomas
Pencilers: Sal Buscema
Inkers: John Tartaglione, George Roussos
Colourists: Linda Lessmann
Letterers: Charlotte Jetter
Editors: Roy Thomas
Cover Date: December 1973
Release Date: September 1973
Story Arc: -
Pages: 20
Cover Price: $0.20
Times Read: 283                 Times Rated: 174
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Universes:   Earth-616  
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Issue Blurb
Cap and the Falcon are out on their rounds when another costumed crazy makes a play for Cap's head. But even Cap can't hope to guess the motivations of the Phoenix.
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Character Appearances
Main Characters
  Captain America
Captain America last appeared in Avengers #119 (v1). Captain America next appears in Captain America #169 (v1).
  The Falcon
The Falcon last appeared in Captain America #167 (v1). The Falcon next appears in Captain America #169 (v1).
Supporting Characters
Redwing last appeared in Captain America #166 (v1). Redwing next appears in Captain America #169 (v1).
  Baron Zemo
Baron Zemo last appeared in Avengers #56 (v1). Baron Zemo next appears in Avengers #131 (v1).
First Appearance
This is the first appearance by Phoenix in the mainstream continuity. Phoenix next appears in Captain America #275 (v1).
Equipment, Items & Vehicles
Captain America's Shield
Captain America's Shield last appeared in Avengers #119 (v1). Captain America's Shield next appears in Captain America #169 (v1).
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   September 16, 2013
Standard fare. A revenge tale. And a very enjoyable one. By-the-numbers super-heroics at it's best.

On the downside, I do wish Captain America and The Falcon would stop bickering over their partnership. 6/10
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  Kez Says:    
  2012-11-25 04:29:38  
  "Who is the... Pheonix? You'll gasp-- when you learn his startling secret identity!"


  john54542 Says:    
  2012-12-29 22:00:23  
  I'm not too keen on Cap feeling sorry for himself at the end over the death of a complete homicidal madman.  

  TheAmazingGatorMan Says:    
  2015-04-17 21:11:03  
  I didn't gasp, not was I shocked. I figured it out by the racial comments the Phoenix made. They didn't make it too hard to guess.  

  duncanm Says:    
  2015-06-30 13:57:13  
  Well I'll admit I was surprised that it was Zemo's son. Since they had never mentioned that he had a son.
And I can also understand Cap's feelings at the end. I don't necessarily know that he's feeling sorry for himself, but rather feeling guilty for another avoidable death. He's thinking that if he had not been thawed that this kid would have lived a pretty normal life, because all of his pain was in the past. But with Cap coming back, and then killing his father, the young man was set on a path that led directly to this confrontation.

  gumchewspit Says:    
  2016-05-15 13:04:23  
  Sloppy art, but the cover tease and this being an essential succeeded in making me curious about the secret identity.  

  Russ Says:    
  2017-08-01 06:11:38  
  He is no longer the Nazi's son we didn't know. He is villainy, and insanity incarnate! He is.....covered in a lot of Adhesive X.

Regardless of whether or not Cap is really feeling sorry for himself, people tend to choose their own paths. Who's to say that Zemo's son wouldn't have become a threat to people if Cap had stayed in that ice. He might've figured that America in general was responsible for what eventually happened to his father; the guy was clearly a few beers short of a six-pack. Cap, some people just choose to be deux-che-bags.

And the racial epithets Phoenix was spouting were a little jarring here; they were tame, but I still wasn't quite expecting it. Didn't appreciate Cap going the jerkwad route with him either. One of these days Sam's going to go "Fine, if that's the way Cap wants it. If he gets himself captured and killed he's only got himself to blame." Sam's banter throughout was pretty entertaining, though.

3 stars. Still pretty fun, even if it did go over a number of over-worn tropes.

  Katryn Says:    
  2017-09-13 08:41:43  
  Locking him up isn't the answer? Cap has obviously never heard of a psychiatric ward.  

  CrazyforRAMU Says:    
  2017-10-17 10:42:16  
  "You seem down, hero-buddy. What's wrong?"
"Oh, it's nothing, hero-pal. I'm just bummed because I'm thinking about [my primary Psychological Deal]."
"Don't worry, hero-buddy! I know [your Psychological Deal] is tough! You're dealing with it like a Hero! Besides, What are the odds that we'd run into a villain who's thematically linked to [your Psychological Deal], ha ha!"
*Later, after 17 pages of exactly that ...*
"Golly, hero-pal! That adventure has given me a new perspective on [my Psychological Deal], and no mistake!"


I like the basic idea of the Phoenix, but good Lord, Mr. Thomas and Mr. Isabella have used some hackneyed tools to balloon it up to issue length. Besides featuring the corniest of villain plans - "I shall trap you over a boiling vat of nastiness and monologue at you relentlessly until your partner saves you!" - it also draws from the heavily over-used "does Cap really need the Falcon as a partner" well.

The cliches pull it under the bar for a 3-star rating, but I'm giving a history bonus for the first appearance of Helmut Zemo to bump it back over the line.

  drfaustus13 Says:    
  2017-11-15 11:29:20  
  I love a good mystery! I didn't guess and loved the reveal that it was Zemo's son!

I was going to lose this a star for Cap being a jerk to the Falcon though, like needlessly - and treating him like Buckey Barnes (i.e. a kid and sidekick) rather than a partner who is competent in his own right, but then I remembered that Cap didn't actually write this comic so 4 stars it is.

You know, it might just be 4 stars for me in comparison with a lot of the stuff in the order I've had to read through lately. Maybe I don't give enough things 1 Star...

  Locust75 Says:    
  2017-12-03 09:42:20  
  3 stars only for what the Phoenix beocmes after rising again later! In reality it's barely 2 stars for the all the reasons mentioned above!!!

Castles-R-Us - This must be another Castle Zemo since the Howling Commandos destroyed one back in WWII...(SFHC #8)

'Nuff Said - "Good guess, Tucson!"-Falcon

  Allencthulhu Says:    
  2017-12-21 11:48:59  
  This story gets an extra star for Steve examining the effects of his resurrection.

So, two stars for TV's Son of TV's Zemo and one star for thinking about the consequences...

Three Stars.

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