- He who hestitates is toast. I don't care what kind of moral see-saw you're riding ... the mission is all that counts.
Appearing in "Old Soldiers Never Die"
- Sharon Carter (Appears in flashback) (Revealed to be alive)
- Red Skull (Johann Schmidt) (Main story and behind the scenes in recap)
- Kubekult (First appearance)
- President Clinton (Cameo)
- Pietro Maximoff (Cameo)
- Rick Jones (Cameo)
- Ben Grimm (Cameo)
- Natasha Romanoff (Cameo)
- Scott Summers (Cameo)
- Gen. Ulysses R. Chapman (First appearance)
- God (Yahweh) (Referenced)
- Sarah Rogers (On-screen)
- Bucky Barnes (On-screen)
- Hate-Monger (Adolf Hitler) (Behind the scenes)
Races and Species:
- Earth (Main story and flashback)
- Heaven (Referenced)
- Black Widow's Gauntlets (Cameo)
- Captain America's Uniform (Main story and flashback)
- Captain America's Shield (Main story and flashback)
- Super-Soldier Serum (Mentioned)
Synopsis for "Old Soldiers Never Die"
As the world mourns the apparent death of Captain America as announced by Black Widow, Cap himself revives and bursts free of a glass tube inside an unknown laboratory. A female voice taunts him with past failures; he turns a corner to discover it is Sharon Carter, whom he thought dead. She is cold to him, but reveals that a third party teleported her and some medics into Avengers mansion just before he died, putting his body on ice and transporting it away to a secret lab, where a total fluid transfusion was performed. This makes him wonder if the super-soldier serum has been flushed from his body. She sets a team of fighters against him to test him; they defeat him making him realize his body is much weaker than before.
Sharon is surprised at this but says the mission must continue and teleports with him to a factory outside of Green Bay. They are accosted by guards, and Steve’s strength slowly begins to return as they fight. He realizes that if the super-soldier serum is still in his blood, this can only mean his blood transfusion came from the Red Skull, and turns to find him standing there. He tries to throw a punch but gets planted on his ass by the Skull, who says he saved his life because he needs his help against a common enemy. Steve demands to know who this enemy is, when suddenly the abandoned factory is replaced by an enormous, hi-tech facility appearing in front of them, and Sharon says they are facing World War III.
- Sharon Carter's presumed death occurred off-panel in Captain America #233 and was "confirmed" by a video recording in Captain America #237.
A flashback in this story affects the chronology of the following characters:
- This issue contains a letters page, "American Grafitti". Letters are pubished from: Micheal Hurt, Robert Moraes, Carlos M. Fernandeaz, Jr., and Jesse Regan.
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