- A guy wearing a flag. I always thought ya looked kinda silly.
- -- Nick Fury
Appearing in "Patriotism"
- President Harry Truman (First appearance) (Main story and flashback)
- General Ross (First appearance) (Main story and flashback)
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Synopsis for "Patriotism"
Nick Fury continues explaining to Captain America how he was living a false life: During World War II, President Truman calls Captain America to his office to rally his support in dropping the atomic bomb on Japan. Captain America refuses and storms out of the room, seeking to protest against the President's decision on moral grounds. The President then has General Ross recruit Nick Fury to form a new government agency, SHIELD, for the express purpose of neutralizing Captain America. He explains that they used stolen Nazi files created by the Red Skull called "Operation: Sleeper" that allowed them to "deactivate" Captain America and place him in a civilian life until the American government had need of him again. Back in the present, Fury placates Steve's understandable anger by explaining that it was just after World War II, and that Captain America open opposition toward the President would have divided the country in half.
With the explanation over, Fury has himself and Steve teleported to the SHIELD helicarrier. There Steve is introduced to Sharon Carter and Dum Dum Dugan and has his old costume returned to him. Now, fully dressed as Captain America, Fury tells Steve that he intends him to join forces with a group of heroes he is organizing called the Avengers. While at the headquarters of the World Party, the Red Skull and Master Man prepare to initialize the final phase of their attack on America. The Red Skull blasts Master Man for allowing Captain America to be reactivated, however has just the solution: He sends out his mercenary Crossbones to deal with Captain America once and for all.
Finally, at the Arlington Cemetery in Washington D.C. Captain America pays his respects to Abraham Wilson. He finds his son Sam there, who is angry that his father abandoned him to search for Captain America, and that Cap probably knew him better than he, his own son, did. As Sam lashes out, members of the World Party and Crossbones attack, easily taking out Captain America.
- Captain America has an Eagle/SHIELD logo on his cowl. This is a deviation from his orginal costume as he has had the letter "A" on the center of his cowl since Captain America Comics 1 (1941).
- This issue contains a two page "Bullpen Bulletins" with a Checklist.
Links and References
- The Grand Comics Database: Captain America Vol II 
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