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Captain America #301: Review

Jan 1985
Michael Carlin, Paul Neary

Story Name:

All Good Things

Review & Comments

4 stars

Captain America #301 Review by (May 24, 2015)
Comments: Epilogue to “Death of the Red Skull.” The Red Skull appears only as a corpse. Thor and Iron Man appear in a brief flashback to AVENGERS #4. The aged Cap announces he is retiring to an advisory position; this is what happens to him at the end of the 2013 Cap series leading into the 2014 where he is replaced by Sam (Falcon) Wilson. Sinthea Schmidt will return as “Sin” in CAP (2004 series) #9. The letters page includes one from future Marvel writer Barry Dutter, as well as a farewell from writer J.M. DeMatteis.

Review: Cool issue, wrapping up the Death of the Red Skull arc by restoring the status quo. The Red Skull’s funeral is a very effective sequence. And we usually don’t see such a concentration of “Everybody loves Cap” material in one place without him dying. Yet again, everyone’s memories remind us that Cap is more than a hero, he’s a good man.


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Captain America #301 Synopsis by Peter Silvestro

The aged Captain America departs from Skull House bearing the body of his late archenemy, accompanied by Nomad, dressed as Bucky. They are stopped by Mother Superior and the Sisters of Sin; Superior asks for her father’s corpse. Cap hands it over and they vanish through the walls….


Exiting the house the heroes are met by Bernie Rosenthal and the Avengers. Cap explains to his startled comrades the final battle with the Red Skull and his own aged state. Back at Avengers Mansion, Cap offers to retire to an advisory position but the others insist on seeking a cure for his condition, assuring him of their support.


Elsewhere, Mother Superior, rejected daughter of the Red Skull, stands by a huge pyre gloating over her ascendancy to the Skull’s position. She spits in his face and hurls his body into the fames….


At the Mansion, Hank Pym has been called in to aid the aged Cap and Hawkeye arrives on the scene to lend support. The Avengers assemble the aging equipment recovered from Skull House and get to work. Steve is placed in the radiation chamber and Vision and Hank begin the process; Vision warns that opening the chamber before the process is complete could prove dangerous. The worried Bernie mentally reviews her relationship to Steve—then suddenly Mother Superior and the Sisters of Sin pass though the walls into the radiation chamber for their final revenge against Captain America. The Avengers can only watch helplessly as the older Steve takes on these enemies. Cap is able to dodge his foes in the enclosed area but Mother Superior intends to end it with a mind blast…. Then Vision announces that Cap’s treatment has been completed. The heroes enter the chamber to discover that the villainesses have reverted to their true child ages. And Steve? Steve is back in action….

Paul Neary
Dennis Janke
Bob Sharen
Paul Neary (Cover Penciler)
Paul Neary (Cover Inker)
? (Cover Colorist)


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