Captain America #371 (1990)

Mark Gruenwald’s (very long) Cap run has been characterized by heavy plotting and extended arcs, so it’s nice to get a done-in-one that focuses on the (hard to believe) romantic relationship between boy-scout Captain America and former Serpent Society member Diamondback.  I say it’s hard to believe that he would date her because she’s a murderer.

Cap doesn’t know she’s still a double agent, continuing to work sometimes for the Serpents, which gets explained in a back-up feature.

It’s funny to see Cap struggling with the idea that a woman is into him-and he really hasn’t been involved with more than two females: Sharon Carter (who died when Cap couldn’t save her) and Bernie Rosenthal (who dumped him because he always put work first).  And it’s been a long time (as noted above).

Also, I really don’t understand Diamondback’s deal.  Her friends in the Serpent Society, which she has betrayed more than once, follow her around on the date and stop a bunch of crimes so that Steve Rogers and “Rachel” (Diamondback’s real name) can have a date without having to fight low-level crime. Like Anaconda, who hides in a trenchcoat…

It’s all played for laughs as minor villains keep attacking them.

Including Poundcakes…


How appropriate that his name is in all-caps!

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