Appearing in "Reawakening"
- Iron Monger (Gregory Smoot) (First appearance)
- Valerie Cooper
- Henry Peter Gyrich
- General Haywerth
- Raymond Sikorsky
- Sharon Carter (Only in flashback)
- Mr. Gladstone
- Kree Sentries
- Awesome Android
- Sleeper (Main story and flashback)
- Kate Walker (Referenced)
- Washington, D.C.
- New Jersey
- Stane International
- Stane International branch
- Stane International branch
Synopsis for "Reawakening"
Captain America's investigation into the earlier attack on the decommissioned S.H.I.E.L.D. base leads him to Machinesmith's old hideout, but he can't find any sign of activity. He's back at Avengers Island offering Fabian Stankiewicz a job as their resident inventor when the 4th Sleeper reappears in the spot it had phased out years earlier. It appears inactive, so Cap has it transported back to the special holding facility at Avengers Island, but that's when Machinesmith reveals his hand, having tricked his enemy into taking the body housing his mind into the presence of other powerful robots in the Avengers' custody. Even though the Sleeper goes berserk, Cap is able to get one of the facility's stasis field generators onto it to incapacitate it.
Meanwhile, Battlestar has been looking into the suspicious circumstances of John Walker's death and found that the gear belonging to the Watchdog assassin wasn't authentic. He lets Val Cooper know, but the CSA soon doesn't need to wonder if Walker's death was faked as their own General Haywerth comes clean about orchestrating it in a ploy to deal with their agent's tarnished image. Haywerth calls the rest of the Commission to a demonstration of Walker's new image as U.S.Agent, wearing the black costume Steve Rogers had just abandoned. While U.S.Agent fights and defeats an Iron Monger loaned from Stane International for the demo, Haywerth explained he kept the rest of the CSA in the dark so their reactions to Walker's death would be convincing and spent the rest of the time retraining Walker so he could pass as a different person. U.S.Agent wordlessly and methodically puts the Iron Monger down, impressing the Commission, though Raymond Sikorsky wonders what what to do with him.
Captain America takes on the Red Skull's merciless minion, the Taskmaster!
- John Walker returns from his staged assassination in Captain America #351 as U.S.Agent. He's quickly assigned to the West Coast Avengers, appearing next at the end of West Coast Avengers #44.
- The issue's two plots are shown in parallel, with Steve Rogers' side on the top half of the page and the John Walker plot on the bottom half. For the first few pages, Cap's and Battlestar's posing and framing even match each other panel for panel.
- This issue contains a letters page, American Graffiti. Letters are published from Abeldardo D. Flores, Jefferson P. Swycaffer, Jim Shapp, and Mary M. McCool.
Links and References
- The Grand Comics Database: Captain America #354