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Drawing Crazy Patterns - Captain America's Unbreakable Shield Breaking

Next up is Infinity Gauntlet #4 (by Jim Starlin, Ron Lim and Joe Rubinstein), where Thanos has killed half of the universe after obtaining the aforementioned Infinity Gauntlet. The remaining heroes attack in a valiant plan where they only intend to distract Thanos long enough for the Silver Surfer to steal the Gauntlet. Cap is the last hero left...

The plan did not work and Thanos then kills Cap. However, in the final issue of the six-part mini-series, the space pirate Nebula gets the Gauntlet and she uses it to reverse the events of the past day...

which restores half the universe, including Cap (and his shield)...

In 1998's Captain America series by Mark Waid, Ron Garney and Bob Wiacek, the second issue ends with Cap losing his shield at the bottom of the ocean. Twelve issues later, Iron Man's pal James Rhodes (then working as a salvager) finds it, but there's a catch...

Later on, we discover that it all comes down to some vibranium inconsistency caused by Cap healing the shield during Secret Wars (basically, Cap couldn't put it together perfectly). So the plan is for Cap to basically sacrifice his shield to save the day (the sound villain, Klaw, is using the vibranium malfunctions to become even more powerful than normal).

So in Captain America #22 (by Waid, Andy Kubert and Jesse Delperdang), Cap is ready to give up his shield...

but Klaw destroys the machine that was going to be powered by the shield. So Cap is a sitting duck. Or is he?

Most recently, in Fear Itself #5 (by Matt Fraction, Stuart Immonen and Wade Von Grawbadger), Odin's evil brother, The Serpent, arrives on Earth ready to kick some ass...

After the battle is won, at the end of #7, Odin fixes Cap's shield and reinforces it, but it is not completely healed...

It seems like most artists have glossed over the scar when they draw it nowadays.

That's it for this edition (and remember, I understand that there are other examples out there. This list just has five of hem)! If YOU have a suggestion for a future installment of Drawing Crazy Patterns, let me know by e-mailing me at bcronin@comicbookresources.com

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