Friday, January 2, 2015

The Death of Captain America review

This week I decided to review the adaptation of The Death of Captain America by Larry Hama.
The story opens with Red Skull using a Cosmic Cube to transfer his mind into the body of Aleksander Lukin, a former KGB general who was also the mentor of the Winter Soldier’s controller and possesses all of his teacher’s secrets.  Next we see Sharon Carter, Captain America’s former SHIELD handler and lover meeting with a SHIELD psychiatrist, who is soon revealed to be Doctor Fastus who is working for Red Skull. Then we see a couple battles and raids from the Marvel Civil War period all leading up to the assassination of Captain America.  While Agent Carter struggles against her programming which is preventing her from revealing the truth, the Winter Soldier has vowed vengeance against those responsible for the death of his former mentor and best friend, including the new Director of SHIELD, Tony Stark, whom he blames for putting Captain America in such a vulnerable position. Stark, fearing that the Winter Soldier has gone rogue, sends Barnes’ former student and brief lover the Black Widow after him. Stark also retires the position and title of Captain America only to discover that one of Steve Rogers’ final wishes was for Captain America to live on even if he died. Armed with this knowledge, Stark sets out to recruit Barnes to take his Mentor’s place. As the story goes on Carter is captured by Red Skull who is using a series of staged incidents, along with his daughter Sin and a number of SHIELD agents brainwashed by Fastus, to turn the American public against SHIELD so the Kronas Corporation, now controlled by Red Skull, can take over SHIELD’s duties in America. But this may just be window dressing for a plot to create a Captain America controlled by Red Skull…

I give this book an 8 out of 10. It wasn’t poorly written but some portions of the story seem like they were skimmed over without enough detail. Also, there are far too many questions left unanswered at the story’s end for my taste. To me it feels like only part of the full story was told and there should be a part two. 

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