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Captain America Operation Rebirth HC Vol 1 1
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Appearing in "Hope and Glory"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Captain America #444.

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Synopsis for "Hope and Glory"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Captain America #444.

Two weeks after Captain America's disappearance, a group of heavily armed terrorists hold the President and his bodyguards hostage in the Jefferson Memorial demanding the missing hero show himself. The Avengers had been keeping the news of his fate quiet, with some still believing he would soon return. The terrorists' sophisticated armor is set to automatically explode if anyone comes near them, making it impossible even for Quicksilver to rescue all the hostages with his speed. Nonetheless, with the memory of their former leader guding them and some careful observation, the Avengers find a way to defeat the bad guys and with their reminiscience even inspire the skeptical young government agent assigned to the case that had been doubting the importance of Captain America. Their efforts save the hostages, but at the expense of the Jefferson Memorial. The Avengers also realize they need to come clean to the public about Cap's presumed death.

Elsewhere in a high-tech control center, the shadowy mastermind of the attack considers his objective to publicize Captain America's fate a success, all while the real Captain rests in suspended animation within the same room.

Appearing in "Old Soldiers Never Die"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Captain America #445.

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Synopsis for "Old Soldiers Never Die"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Captain America #445.

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.

Appearing in "The Devil You Know"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Captain America #446.

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Synopsis for "The Devil You Know"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Captain America #446.

Sharon Carter and the Red Skull fill Captain America in on the Kubekult, a faction of neo-nazis and AIM members that had stolen the Skull's ornamental Cosmic Cube containing Hitler's soul. They were the ones behind the recent Cosmic Cube flares on AIM Island as they experimented towards their goal of re-writing reality. Skull makes that they have to work together against this common enemy, though Cap can tell right away that he just wants the newly functioning Cosmic Cube for himself. While they pursue the Kubekult members to a new location, Cap also hears from Sharon Carter what happened to her since her apparent death. SHIELD deployed her on an undercover mission and then she lost contact with them. She was forced to fend for herself as a deep cover mercenary for far too long and formed a resentment for the government systems she used to rely on. While her attitude remains cold, she does start to accept that Steve truly believed she was dead and that he didn't abandon her like SHIELD did.

Sharon's intel leads them to a government research facility. Cap being forced to fight through soldiers alongside the Red Skull does not help convince them that he's the real deal. When they catch up to the Cosmic Cube, it's in the middle of being activated. Sharon dives for it, but then she vanishes along with the Cube just as its waves transform the American soldiers into Kubekultists.

Appearing in "Triumph of the Will"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Captain America #447.

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Synopsis for "Triumph of the Will"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Captain America #447.

The Cosmic Cube has transformed a base full of American soldiers into those of the New World Reich. While fighting through them, Captain America feels his full strength return in time to save the life of the Red Skull, a deed he considers makes them even for the Skull reviving him. Cap eventually catches up to Sharon, who has taken the Cube and is declaring that the only way to stop Hitler's reality from taking over is for someone else to use the Cube to override it with their own. Steve disagrees with imposing any one person's ideals on reality this way, but soon realizes he needs to act to keep the Cube away from the Red Skull either way. He's trying to make the Cube destroy itself when a nearby explosion jars it from his hand and it falls towards the Skull.

Captain America reaches and stops the Red Skull in time and the Cosmic Cube is destroyed. He's then congratulated by his longtime faithful companion, Bucky Barnes, an inconsistency only possible because Cap is now trapped in an illusion created by the Red Skull now holding the Cosmic Cube in triumph.

Appearing in "Operation Rebirth: Conclusion"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Captain America #448.

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Synopsis for "Operation Rebirth: Conclusion"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Captain America #448.

The Red Skull has trapped Captain America inside the Cosmic Cube, counting on him to defeat Hitler as he was created to do and then naturally surrender the Cube's power to the stronger will of its holder. While the two minds are in opposition, the Cube's powers are neutralized, forcing the Skull and Sharon to fend off the Kubekultists on their own while they wait for something to happen inside the Cube. Sharon makes it clear to the Skull that she won't let him keep the Cube either way, so he turns on her knocks her aside.

Within the Cosmic Cube, Steve is living out a dreamlike reflection of his life that mixes events of World War II with elements of the modern age and with happier endings to all the tragedies he had faced since becoming Captain America. Bucky Barnes is at his side the whole way. While he resists seeing it for the illusion it is, eventually his subconscious comes out speaking through the form of Bucky and convinces him to stop living in the past and embrace reality. The revelation gives Cap the power to escape the Cube, much to the surprise of the Red Skull. The Cube is knocked from his grasp but the Skull dives for it once more. Cap throws his shield to sever the Skull's arm and shatter the Cube. The Red Skull vanishes in the resulting burst of energy and the Cube's effects on reality are all reversed.

Afterwards, Sharon agrees to go with Steve to SHIELD to find out why they allowed her to be presumed dead for so long.

Appearing in "I'll Take Manhattan"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Captain America #449.

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Synopsis for "I'll Take Manhattan"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Captain America #449.

Captain America and Sharon Carter pay a visit to the SHIELD Helicarrier looking for answers to why Sharon was presumed dead for so long, but none of the agents claim to know anything. All they learn is that Nick Fury is apparently dead again. After getting set down on the Brooklyn Bridge and making plans to head to Brooklyn Heights to figure out their next move, they're suddenly separated by a massive force field surrounding Manhattan with Sharon on the outside and Steve within. Cap quickly learns that the force field is sapping electrical power from the entire island and the only working technology is the weaponry in the hands of agents of a new Zodiac that intend to use the force field to black out the sky to sever the stars' control over their destiny. The Zodiac henchmen are violently suppressing resistance all across Manhattan and dogging Cap wherever he goes. He runs to Avengers Mansion for backup, but learns from Jarvis that most of the team is outside the barrier with only Thor and Iron Man presumably still somewhere else on the island. He heads next to Thor's new apartment uptown with Zodiacs in hot pursuit. He crashes in on Thor and Enchantress and requests some assistance from Thor's enchanted hammer. Unfortunately, it turns out just as the Zodiacs close in that Thor's godly powers had recently vanished.

Appearing in "Executive Action"

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Captain America #450.

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Synopsis for "Executive Action"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Captain America #450.

Sharon Carter has been reluctantly staying with Steve Rogers at his Brooklyn Heights apartment as she had nowhere else to go, but when government agents burst in, she makes a break for it, regretting her decision to stay in one place too long. However, it turns out the agents weren't there for her, but for Steve, who's under arrest on treason charges. They have no idea the man they're arresting is Captain America until they find his costume among his belongings.

Cap is brought to the Oval Office to answer directly to the President for breaking into a government facility alongside the Red Skull during the Kubekult affair. On top of that, Machinesmith had recently turned up in the European province of Moldavia causing an international incident with a top-secret super-weapon that evidence suggests Captain America to be the source of the leak of its specifications. Cap can't prove that the Red Skull and his cohorts were setting him up, so he has no choice but to accept the President's verdict that he be stripped of his shield, costume, and citizenship.

Steve is put on a plane to London. When he arrives, he's surprised by the appearance of Sharon, who had tailed him there and is offering to help him in spite of her earlier attitude. Steve declares that he's going to hunt down Machinesmith to clear his name, and Sharon agrees to help.

Appearing in "Plan "A""

This story is a reprint of the comic
Captain America #451.

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  • F-15 Plane (Only appearance)[1] (Destruction)

Synopsis for "Plan "A""

This story is a reprint of the comic
Captain America #451.

In London, Sharon Carter provides a sullen Steve Rogers with a new non-branded costume, an energy shield, and a cover identity so that they can begin their mission to Moldavia. Later, on a train through the European countryside, they compare notes and figure out that Machinesmith must have gained the secret of the Argus Cannon by electronically tapping into Steve's unconscious mind while his body was recovering at the Red Skull's base. Their trip is interrupted by an attack from Machinesmith's cyborg operatives. After a skirmish on top of the train, Steve and Sharon shake them by leaping off near an American Air Force base, where after more regrettable fighting through American soldiers, they manage to steal a jet to get them the rest of the way to Moldavia. What Sharon doesn't realize until it's too late is that Steve's plan to find the Argus Cannon involves flying directly into its range until it shoots them out of the sky.

Appearing in "Plan "B""

This story is a reprint of the comic
Captain America #452.

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  • Europe
  • United States of America (Appears on a computer screen, TV, or hologram only)
    • Maryland (Appears on a computer screen, TV, or hologram only)
      • Camp David (First appearance) (Appears on a computer screen, TV, or hologram only)
    • Mt. Hood (First appearance) (Appears on a computer screen, TV, or hologram only)
    • Washington, D.C. (Appears on a computer screen, TV, or hologram only)

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Synopsis for "Plan "B""

This story is a reprint of the comic
Captain America #452.

Steve and Sharon eject from their jet just before it's destroyed and continue their journey on foot through the Moldavian countryside to find the Argus cannon. Along the way, Sharon continues to grapple with her lingering feelings for her former partner in spite of her doubts that it was ever what she thought it was. When they find the cannon, Sharon holds off enough of the guards while Steve rushes the device to strike its weak point, causing it to explode. They don't get a chance to celebrate the accomplishment before they're knocked out, captured, and taken to Machinesmith. Smith gloats to his prisoners that he had stolen plenty more secrets from Rogers' brain, conveniently encoding it all to a special coin, and demonstrates by remotely hacking the SHIELD Helicarrier so it begins to fall from the sky. Besides that, even with the Argus destroyed, it had already accomplished its purpose of forcing the U.S. to meet with Moldavian diplomats for peace talks, and hidden among the Moldavian envoy arriving at Camp David to meet the President is one of Machinesmith's robot bodies armed for destruction.

Appearing in "Executive Action"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Captain America #453.

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Synopsis for "Executive Action"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Captain America #453.

Machinesmith's consciousness abandons Steve Rogers and Sharon Carter at his base so he can focus on his form infiltrating the Moldavian delegation meeting the U.S. President. Steve counts on Sharon to hack Smith's system to restore control to the SHIELD Helicarrier locked on a crash course while he escapes the compound and makes his way to the neighboring Latveria to bargain with Doctor Doom for help. Rogers makes the case that the war Machinesmith is about to start will destabilize the region enough to threaten Doom's territory as well, and the play pays off. Doom provides Steve with an imitation Captain America costume and shield and has him quickly transported to Camp David just in time to interrupt Machinesmith's attack.

Machinesmith reveals his plan to gain access to the nuclear football and steal the launch codes from the President's brain. Smith demonstrating his mind-reading ability makes the President realize that Cap wasn't a traitor after all just as the exiled hero makes his entrance to take out Machinesmith and all his robots. In a last effort gamble, Smith transfers his consciousness to the football itself to enter the codes directly, but Cap notices in time and throws the device into an explosive fuel tank to destroy it. Afterwards, the President brings Rogers back to his office to apologize and reinstate him with the title and equipment of Captain America.

Appearing in "Sanctuary"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Captain America #454.

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Synopsis for "Sanctuary"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Captain America #454.

Captain America tracks Sharon Carter to the small eastern nation of Tap-Kwai, where she's been attempting to use Machinesmith's coin encoded with Cap's memories to bargain her way to rooting out the sinister hacker head of its shadow government. When he interrupts her deal and forcefully extracts her, she's angry that his cavalier approach got in the way of her careful planning again, though she can't deny that he did come back for her after Moldavia. To explain her objective, she takes Cap to a prison camp where she had been held for eight months during her lost years and shows him the miserable conditions the remaining prisoners are still suffering. She believes if she can take out the government's leader, then the resistance will finally have its chance to rise up. Cap, taking an entirely different message from the tour, cuts to the chase and frees all the prisoners then and there. Sharon thinks the sudden prison break is suicide with the Tap-Kwai army on their tails, but it turns out Cap has the SHIELD Helicarrier waiting as backup. The prisoners make it onboard while Captain America holds off the army single-handedly.

When just Cap and Sharon are left on the ground, Sharon restates that she can't go back to SHIELD, so she's staying behind, but she gives Cap the coin with his memories so he doesn't have to worry about it any more. They come close to sharing a parting kiss, but stop themselves and salute each other off instead.

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  1. 1.0 1.1 First and only known appearance to date besides flashbacks



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