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Captain America #19: Review

Jul 1999
Mark Waid, Andy Kubert

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Triumph of the Will

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4.5 stars

Captain America #19 Review by (December 28, 2017)
Comments: Part five of five parts. Title comes from the notorious pro-Nazi documentary by Leni Riefenstahl.

Review: An epic sci-fi conclusion to a sci-fi epic. Cap outwits his greatest enemy and can honestly say he warned the Red Skull not to take that final step. A satisfying wrap-up and one really neat Sharon versus Cap battle. Woo.


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Captain America #19 Synopsis by Peter Silvestro

With Korvac's final reboot of time (last issue), history has run back to just prior to Captain America's defeat of the Red Skull (issue #17). But this time, instead of Cap stabbing his foe through the back with a plasma sword, it is now a staff Cap hits him with, non-fatally. Cap orders Korvac to drop the disguise of the Watcher and Sharon Carter is angry that Cap threw away his only chance to stop the Red Skull from achieving godhood. Cap explains to Sharon that killing the Skull will allow Korvac to absorb his powers, dooming Earth to a dark future. Now, caught between two supervillains, Cap thinks he can use Korvac's error to save them all. Korvac transports himself, Cap, and Sharon to Galactus' ship, hoping to flee the galaxy before the Red Skull gets them. Cap then points out that all of Korvac's actions have shown that he considers Cap his only hope against the Skull. So Korvac follows Cap''s lead, returning the ship to Earth. As the Skull continues to absorb all the knowledge of the universe, he detects them returning and blasts Korvac, spreading him thin across six dimensions. The Skull begins tearing the ship to pieces and then possesses Sharon's body, turning her into the consummate killing machine—and set against Cap. The only way Cap can stop her without killing her is to whisper “I love you.” This shocks Sharon into her right mind long enough for Cap to knock her out. The Skull gloats and prepares to step into the databeam to complete his apotheosis. Cap warns him not to; the Skull scoffs and enters the beam—and is consumed. No one said it was the databeam—it's the antimatter engine core. The dying Skull plans to take Cap with him and causes the ship to collapse around them. Cap puts his hand into the beam just enough to touch the Cosmic Cube and teleport himself and Sharon out of there. Cap hopes that the Red Skull also thought to use the Cube to teleport to safety but his threat is over. Cap turns to address the issue of his declaration of love—but Sharon is gone....

Andy Kubert
Jesse Delperdang
Gregory Wright
Andy Kubert (Cover Penciler)
Jesse Delperdang (Cover Inker)
? (Cover Colorist)

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