- Let's cut the chit-chat and get down to business...in private!
Appearing in "Break-In"
- Dawn Lovett (Tony Stark's date)
Synopsis for "Break-In"
Tony Stark returns to his office to find a disgusted Captain there waiting for him. Steve returns the adamantium shield, refusing to use something that was meant to bribe him while Iron Man could commit reckless crimes out of his self-centered need to keep his tech out of the hands of others. That decision forces Steve to take a significant handicap in the ensuing fight when he attempts to take Tony in for those crimes. Stark attempts to make the case for his mission, but fails to be convincing, so he uses his armor to disable his opponent and flies off after promising that Cap won't be able to find him again until after his war is complete, and they can debate the ethics of it then. As he's picking himself up, Steve ponders whether it's worth continuing to chase Iron Man down at the cost of ignoring more urgent threats, and if he even has the power to confront the armor if he could find him. Bitterly, he accepts that he'll have to let the rogue Avenger go for the time being.
Appearing in "Free Speech"
- Vault Guard (Only in flashback)
- news helicopter
Synopsis for "Free Speech"
During the cleanup at the Vault, a black guard approaches Bucky with his concerns that accepting the legacy of Captain America's sidekick when they have the same powers, they're the same age, when he's actually taller than Cap, and especially with "Buck" being a racist term in some places just isn't a good look for one of the few black superheroes. Lemar takes the concerns back to the Commission and they agreeably outfit him with a new costume and identity as Battlestar just in time for the duo's official debut ceremony to the public. Captain America's speech to the assembled crowd in front of the Washington Monument admits that he's the original Captain's successor, though the story spins it as if his predecessor retired willingly. Battlestar's introduction is interrupted when a helicopter flies over and drops in two similarly costumed men introducing themselves as Right-Winger and Left-Winger, though Cap and Battlestar recognize them as the other two former BUCkies. In an obnoxious display of revenge, the Wingers grab the mic and reveal John Walker's secret identity to the crowd. Cap and Battlestar tackle their former comrades before they can blurt out Lemar's name too and the four fight an even battle before the secret service arrives to settle things in the government's heroes' favor. As the Wingers are taken away, they smugly attest that they won by making the sellouts look bad and that they're just getting started.
Appearing in "In Our Midst!"
- Serpent Society
- Serpent Society
- Coachwhip (Appears on a computer screen, TV, or hologram only)
- Boomslang (Appears on a computer screen, TV, or hologram only)
Synopsis for "In Our Midst!"
The Serpent Society inducts their newest members, the four snake-themed villains from the Vegas heist, not suspecting the Trojan Horse they've welcomed into their midst. As soon as Fer-de-Lance is alone, she activates a beacon and her employer, Viper teleports in to join her. Together they begin an infiltration to take over the citadel. Viper impersonates Black Mamba to get close to Sidewinder while he's in bed and bites his neck to inject him with lethal venom. Sidewinder gets to his teleporting cloak in time to escape to Diamondback's room and she gets him a universal anti-venom as quickly as possible, but he remains severely debilitated due to the venom's effects. They teleport to the control room to see on the monitors their new recruits along with some other infiltrators spreading throughout the citadel and the rest of the Serpents don't stand a chance. Diamondback gets an idea of someone that can help regardless of them being criminals and makes a call to Captain America's hotline.
Now that iron Man has turned renegade, the Captain has decided to bring him in — but his old friend and ally isn't coming quietly! Meanwhile, the world meets the new Captain America's partner, Battle Star! And as if that weren't enough, an all-out war is breaking out within the sinister Serpent Society!
- The first story follows Iron Man #228, part of the Armor Wars I storyline in which Tony Stark discovers his designs were stolen and distributed to other armor users and he embarks on a desperate quest to eliminate all the bootleg tech. He clashed with the Captain over the Guardsmen armor at the Vault.
- The second story deals with fallout from Captain America #333. John Walker tried to get his manager, Ethan and his cohorts, the BUCkies jobs with the government along with him, but only Lemar passed the background check. Though they were previously friends, John and Lemar left the others behind with little remorse, leading to Hector and Jerome's current vindictive behavior. It's revealed later that the revenge stunt was Ethan's idea.
- Right-Winger and Left-Winger's costumes are the reverse of what they should be here. i.e. Right-Winger's "wing" is on his left side. This is corrected in their subsequent appearances.
- The third story follows Captain America #338, in which four new snake-themed villains are broken out of jail by Sidewinder as part of his commitment to recruiting members to the Serpent Society. This story reveals that it was part of Viper's scheme to infiltrate and take over the group.
- This issue contains a Statement of Ownership, Management, and Circulation.
- This issue contains a letters page, American Grafitti. Letters are pubished from: Scott Tipton, Lenny J. King, and Harold C. Holt.
- The first story is reprinted in trade paperback.
Links and References
- The Grand Comics Database: Captain America #341 
- Captain America: The Captain
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