This book is from the third Avengers series. This book would be very late in my childhood collection, since it’s cover-dated for March 2001 and I would have been a senior in high school. I probably picked it up because Kurt Busiek was the writer and I always enjoyed his books.
Red Skull acts just like a Bond villain of the time. He comes up with this elaborate plan to kill Captain America, but doesn’t even stick around to get the satisfaction of watching him, his mortal enemy die. He also doesn’t take away the shield, his one weapon! Even on the Batman TV show from the 1960’s they’d take his utility belt. Just dumb.
John Walker was a replacement hero and it’s interesting to see how he handles things compared to the original. He’s a rageaholic and a government pawn, something Rogers would never be. It’s also interesting to see the government Cap siding with registration, something that 20 years later the original Captain America is famously not in favor o
The refugees being detained after fleeing their country and fearing the US is relevant today, as we have candidates running for President on platforms of walling off our borders keeping out immigrants from Latin America and banning refugees of certain backgrounds all together. It’s interesting to see Peter and Mary Jane looking into Amnesty for an undocumented alien in the 1980’s, not a system you would expect to be in place in the 1980’s and something we still debate today.