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Captain America: Steve Rogers #15

April 2017
Nick Spencer, Javier Pina

Story Name:

(No title given)

Reviews & Comments

Rating:
4 stars

By Peter on April 9, 2017

Comments: First page announces that this issue should be read after UNCANNY AVENGERS #22 but summarizes it at the beginning of the story anyway. For the record, this wasn't the original Red Skull (who has been dead since the CAPTAIN AMERICA: REBORN event)--just the new Skull introduced in UNCANNY AVENGERS #1 in 2012. According to the last page, Zemo's “Return of the Masters” continues in THUNDERBOLTS #10 and 11 and the current story expands in UNCANNY AVENGERS #22 and AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #25.

Review: Well, that issue was satisfying for a change. For the last several issues everything just seemed to be setting up SECRET EMPIRE but this one actually had a good story in its own right. The fall of the Red Skull was a cool development that needed to happen and when it finally arrived, boy, was it good. PS: Really cool cover.


 

Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Hydra-powered Captain America gloats over his plans coming to fruition: unable to face the Red Skull with his telepathic powers he got the Avengers Unity Squad to take the Skull down for him, also surgically removing Charles Xavier's brain from the villain. Cap then arranged for the Skull to escape and return to his estate—finding Cap waiting for him....

Germany 1945: Cap catches up to the Red Skull and challenges him to battle. The Skull summons his troops, rappelling from the ceiling and the fight is on. Cap quickly tears through the solders and faces the Skull; the villain reveals that he can murder Helmut Zemo in an Allied prison cell if Cap does not knell before him in submission to him as the new leader of Hydra....

Now, in the aftermath of the civil war in Sokovia, the Red Skull sends a message to SHIELD that he wants the United Nations to recognize his new government and lift the sanctions against Sokovia or he will respond with a nuclear attack on a major European city. When Sharon Carter brings the news to the World Security Council, they decline to make a decision without the input of SHIELD Director Steve Rogers. But Sharon, despite this rebuff, orders a Helicarrier into the war zone....

Now facing Cap, the Red Skull demands to know how he could have let the Avengers capture him. Cap responds that he serves Hydra and the Skull is not Hydra, only an usurper. Though the villain says (rightly) that he made Cap everything he is today, Cap savagely beats the Skull and hurls him out of a window to his apparent death. We now learn that the Skull was killed with the approval of his daughter Sin and Crossbones. Cap then welcomes Madame Hydra and the new High Council of Hydra....

1945: Elisa Sinclair (later to become Madame Hydra) meets Cap to tell him that while Hydra has been broken, subsumed by the Nazis, and that the Allies are working on a dangerous superweapon: the Cosmic Cube....

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Nick Spencer
Javier Pina
Andres Guinaldo Isabel
Rachelle Rosenberg
Gabriele Dell'Otto (Cover Penciler)
Gabriele Dell'Otto (Cover Inker)
Gabriele Dell'Otto (Cover Colorist)