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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: MARVEL - US (11 April 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 078515986X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785159865
  • Product Dimensions: 17.1 x 1.3 x 26 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 703,423 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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One of the Sentinel of Liberty's greatest conflicts with his hated arch-nemesis is finally collected! Join Cap and Co.- including Nomad, the Black Crow, the Avengers, and more - as Marvel's First Avenger must contend with the diabolical daughter of the Red Skull, embarking for the Secret Wars, and an untimely encounter with old age, all before one stupendous showdown with Herr Skull that will leave you gaping in star-spangled wonder!COLLECTING: CAPTAIN AMERICA (1968) 290-301

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J.M. DeMatteis sure does likes his sympathetic portrayals of psychopathic super villains. In this case, the Red Skull, sworn enemy of Captain America, and quite possibly the most evil baddie in the Marvel Universe. Created in the 1940s, as the epitome of Nazi corruption, the Red Skull has always been a pretty two dimensional character. But J.M. DeMatteis, a writer well known for exploring the twisted psychology of any character he gets his hands on, isn't going to rest content with the central antagonist of his piece being a stereotypical super villain. Especially not when this is the final confrontation in the decades long war between said antagonist and the hero (at least, it was supposed to be, but we all know what comics are like). So, instead, we're treated with one of the most interesting explorations of the Red Skull there's ever been.

Before making his name, with such comics as 'Spider-Man: Kraven's Last Hunt' and 'Justice League International', DeMatteis' wrote a lengthy run on 'Captain America'. 'Death of the Red Skull' was the final story arc of that fan favourite run (barring an annual, which was released shortly afterwards). The age of this story definitely shows, and it's clear that DeMatteis was still some way from his creative peak in the late '80s and early '90s, but many of the attributes that would make him such a prolific comic book writer can be found here in an earlier, rougher, form. As I already mentioned, we have the sympathetic super villains, the Red Skull and his daughter, Mother Superior (now more commonly known as Sin), who makes her début within these pages (and if you've ever read Ed Brubaker's fantastic Captain America run, this will fill you in on why she's so demented).
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For those wanting insight to how one of Marvel's greatest villains was born, this collection offers a fine experience. 29 April 2012
By Michael A. Weyer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Just before Mark Gruenwald began his epic run on "Captain America," J.M. Dematteis was doing his own work on elevating Cap for a new decade. As this collection begins, Cap is enjoying his new love with Bernie Rosenthal and training Nomad as his new partner. We get a few "one-off" issues such as Cap teaming with a man taking on the role of the dead Tumbler to find justice and there's references to a story that had just occured where Baron Helmut Zemo tried to ruin Cap. This leads to the key story as Zemo returns, now trained by the mysterious Mother Superior to attack Cap and his friends. Superior is the daughter of the Red Skull who is losing his health as the gases that kept him young are fading. Facing death, the Skull is determined to take Cap down as well, exposing him to a drug that advances his own aging and capturing his allies for a final showdown.

The story is very well done with nightmarish sequences of one of Cap's oldest friends put through the wringer by the Skull as Zemo fights for his own respect. The standout is issue #298 as the Skull shares his origin to Cap, explaining what shaped him into this absolute monster. The final battle is very well done and shows the backbone of Cap and the true spirit that never lets him quit. We also get a fall-out issue in which the Avengers try to restore Cap's health, showing how respected and admired he is by other heroes. While it's true the "death" wouldn't last, it's still one of the best stories ever of the Cap/Skull rivalry and well worth checking out for fans of the classic Cap stories.
Thankfully, The Red Skull Would Die Another Day 16 Dec 2014
By Adam - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This book shows us the Death of the Red Skull as told in the 1980s by JM Demattens. This was not the final word on the character (who'd be resurrected in less than 50 issues) but it was an event. The book captures that event in a year's worth of Captain America Comics from Issue 290-301. The first three issues and the last issue are probably the best in the book. The first 3 set up the fact that Cap is now partnered with Nomad and engaged to be married to a Jewish lady named Bernie. The dialogue is a tad corny, but the story is enjoyable for what it is. However with Issues 293-299, the story becomes a long slog of melodrama and over the top supervillain speeches. The story crawls with way too many characters operating within the same and chewing up scenery. One character in a coma was in multiple issues with his wife by his bedside and nothing happened to him. It was as if DeMatteis wanted to assure us the character was still in a coma. It had to be maddening to have to wait a month to read a story that went slow and went nowhere.

The story picks up with the actual death of the Red Skull in Issue 300, though this issue also features Captain America being saved by a magic Indian. Issue 301 is a solid conclusion actually as the Avengers come to help Cap with the aftermath. There's a nice moment where Hawkeye comes representing the West Coast Avengers with praise and respect for Cap after their troubled past.

Overall, this book was not a fun read. It has its moments, but its way too long for the little that happens, there are too many characters, and the dialogue is too florid, stilted and soap operatic.
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