Captain America #339 (1988): Fall of the Mutants

Cap has a nightmare where his shield disappears.

And where he’s naked…

…Or at least in his underwear.  Look at those boxers. He’s such a patriot.

Ronald Reagan is haunting him, too.

So what do the dreams mean?

Cap is having nightmares about having lost his identity to USAgent. 

In the main story, Cap (and his gang) learn about the “death” of the X-Men from a gloating Blob.  He flies to investigate a seemingly related issue in America’s heartland.

Famine, one of Apocalypse’s four horseman, meets up with Cap’s team when she tries to destroy farmland.

She hurts Nomad…

…and The Falcon, but The Captain and his team win in the end.

There is an appearance by the new Cap (aka Agent Walker, who will later become USAgent and wear a costume pretty similar to the one The Captain (i.e., Steve Rogers–the real Captain America) is wearing in these issues. Walker shows up at the end and has nothing to do because “real” Cap took care of it.

At the very end, Tony gives Cap a new shield and we get a “continued in Iron Man.”

He also proves he really doesn’t understand the “trenchcoat disguise” thing.

Dude. Take off the boots and gloves.

So, lots of tie-ins, but they’re all nicely done—issues like this are how Marvel weaves its fabric of a shared universe.

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