When Iron Man is called to the battlefield for weapon testing, little does he know the true mission that awaits him - one that he might not survive! Plus: Cap races against time to stop a sinister plot: the assassination of Nick Fury!
Iron Man Story- "Within the Vastness of Vietnam!"
At the start of this issue, Iron Man is helping the US Army in Vietnam test some inventions of his designed for military use. After a successful test, Iron Man's told that the real reason he was asked to come was so that he could destroy a fortress known as Hill 38, a laboratory where a communist called Half-Face lives. Apparently, he's designed a new weapon, and so Iron Man is asked to find it and destroy it. Iron Man is taken a certain distance from the fortress, before having to jump out of the helicopter and go the rest of the way on foot. Iron Man is attacked by some Vietnamese soldiers, but easily fights them off.
In his fortress, Half-Face has detected Iron Man's prescence via various machines, and guesses that he's come to destroy his weapon. However, he thinks that it's too late for Iron Man to stop him, as he activates a master dial which starts the cycle which will bring his greatest creation to life. As he powers it up more and more, Iron Man reaches the castle, and destroys some of Half-Face's built in defences. Half-Face is surprised that Iron Man is more powerful than he thought, but knows that Iron Man can't stop his creation. Iron Man then faces a steel door which swings open, containing the creation of Half-Face....
Captain America Story- "Before My Eyes, Nick Fury Died!"
At the start of this issue, Captain America reports to the Avengers in his civilian identity, explaining why he's been away for the past few days. Whilst this is happening, Agent 13, the SHIELD Agent whom Captain America has worked with several times in the past, reports to AIM, and tells them of an ample opportunity to kill Nick Fury. AIM are sceptical, but still release their Mecho-Assassin to kill Nick Fury. Nearby, Steve Rogers is walking around in the street, whilst thinking of how he has virtually no life in his civilian identity, and that it's only as Captain America that he has a life.
Minutes later, the Mecho-Assassin reaches the barber's shop where Nick Fury is, and shoots him just as Steve Rogers arrives on the scene. Although he changes to Captain America in record time, he's unable to stop the Assassin from killing Fury. In revenge, Cap starts attacking the Assassin, swearing that it will never kill anything again. (During this fight, Cap says an infamous Marvel mistake- "Only one of us is gonna walk out of here under his own steam- and it won't be me!"). After the fight, Nick Fury steps into the shop, and reveals that it was a LMD that was killed. However, now Agent 13's cover has been blown due to Captain America attacking the Assassin, and someone has to save her from AIM.