Captain America #42

Writer: Ed Brubaker Artist: Steve Epting Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: September 24, 2008 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 8 User Reviews: 9
8.7Critic Rating
9.4User Rating

The final chapter of the epic "Death of Captain America" saga! New Captain America, the Falcon, the Black Widow, Sharon Carter - all in a final showdown with the Red Skull and his minions for the future of America!

  • 10
    The Weekly Crisis - Kirk Warren Sep 29, 2008

    I'm going to be remembering what happened in this issue for a while, especially the Grand Director killing, and the last page of Skull's new body. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    Weekly Comic Book Review - M. Staples Sep 24, 2008

    So was I disappointed by this issue? Slightly, I expected it to be the big "everything since issue one has come down to this" finale, but the promise that this story will continue seems to be even more satisfying. And like any good suspense artist, Brubaker plans to make us wait with a completely different storyline coming up. It will be nice to not only to see a non-Red Skull villain story, but to also see Bucky finally operating as Cap on his own. How long will it take till we get a true resolution? Who knows, but I'm sure whatever Brubaker has in store for us until then will be just as entertaining. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck Sep 27, 2008

    And Ed, I promise not to be angry when you resurrect him. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comics Bulletin - Keith Dallas Sep 23, 2008

    Brubaker has a daunting task ahead of him. Most people I talk to are just counting down the days until Steve Rogers returns. However, those same people, me included, absolutely love what Brubaker has done with this series and are welcoming the continued exploration into Bucky's new status quo. With that said, Brubaker sets up quite a few plot points that are sure to be explored in the time until Steve Rogers inevitably returns. And as I've said over and over, so long as Brubaker maintains the same quality storytelling and action-packed sequences that have been a highlight of his entire run, I'll be right here happily along for the ride. And next month, come on back and join me again when I take on Brubaker and Bucky's first issue post-"Death of Captain America." Read Full Review

  • 8.3
    IGN - Dan Phillips Sep 24, 2008

    Despite my problems with the way this finale played out, it's still impossible not to recognize what Brubaker has accomplished with this epic, particularly what he accomplished with the Bucky Barnes character. With this story, Brubaker has made Bucky just as complex as Steve Rogers ever was while making him an entirely different sort of Captain America. Thanks to this story, the Marvel Universe now has a new A-list hero with a ton of dramatic depth and potential. It just would have been nice to see a more satisfying conclusion to his first adventure. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Resources - Timothy Callahan Sep 28, 2008

    Any comic book series that makes me ask, "what's next?" after forty-two issues is doing something right. Brubaker and the gang have built an exceptional example of what a serialized comic should be in "Captain America." Not only am I asking, "what's next?" with genuine curiosity, I'm as eager to pick up the next issue as I've ever been. Not because some hot new creative team is coming on the book, not because upcoming storylines promise to change the Marvel Universe forever, but because Ed Brubaker has told a story exceedingly well, and he's hooked me for the long term. This is good stuff. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Major Spoilers - Matthew Peterson Oct 13, 2008

    This is a very good way to cap (no pun intended) the story of the death of Captain America. We see the beginnings of the new Captain America (no more Bucky-Cap for me, folks) some just desserts for the Red Skull, the beginnings of a new romance, a new career, and a promising new era for the Marvel Universe. Even Sharon gets something of a fresh start, as the James Barnes era is officially underway. Lots of excitement and stuff blowing up, and quite a few plto threads in action. Overall, this was a very effective arc, and this a very effective issue from all perspectives. There were some issues of clarity with exactly what was happening to Sharon in the Skull's machine, and I had to reread the moments just before Sharon's shooting of Lukin to figure out that Zola had transferred the Skull consciousness out of his body while we weren't looking, but overall it's a very strong piece of work. Captain America #42 rates a nicely-done 4 out of 5 stars, and I'm looking forward to wh Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Revolution - Rokk Krinn Sep 30, 2008

    Captain America #42 was a strong finale to Brubaker's wonderful story. Brubaker delivers a balanced issue that provides for plenty of entertainment as well as mysteries for the reader to mull over. It seems that Brubaker is not going to let up on this title and that we have many interesting stories still to come on Captain America. Read Full Review

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