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The Death of Captain America Omnibus Hardcover – December 9, 2009


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Marvel; First Edition edition (December 9, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0785138064
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785138068
  • Product Dimensions: 7.6 x 1.1 x 11.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #419,805 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Axel on December 17, 2009
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This a an excellent, lovely collection of some wonderful "Captain America" stories between issues 25-42 of the current Captain America series being published by Marvel comics. Although not a perfect collection, it comes pretty close, and is presented in a sturdy, wonderful and high quality format that will look great on any shelf and stand up to several readings.

The collection starts with the issue in which Steve Rogers apparently "dies," and is perhaps one of the best "death" of a superhero stories in that genre, and continues onward until the assumption of the Captain America identity by Bucky and beyond. It is an uncompromising issue in which Brubaker hits all the right notes, and in which the tragedy of Steve's death is enriched by the wider "civil war" conflict which leads to the circumstances he finds himself in. Thankfully, detailed knowledge of that event is not a pre-requisite, as I did not read it, but was aware of the basic conflict between Captain America and Iron Man on the issue of registration of costumed heroes.

Although issue 25 was printed in the first Captain America Omnibus published by Marvel, it's appropriate to be reprinted here, since all the stories that follow are set off by the events in that issue. Brubaker's approach here is well in keeping with his approach since starting his run, which is to ground the stories in a sense of realism and avoid navel gazing and spending too much time on faux reflection on Steve's passing by the supporting cast. Characters mourn and the loss of Steve Rogers permeates and is the catalyst of all the events that follow, but life does go on and Brubaker commits himself to continuing the story.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By N. Durham HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on November 27, 2009
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As I've said before, I wasn't too fond of Ed Brubaker's run on Captain America when it first started out, what with bringing Bucky back from the dead and all, but eventually over time, I became a believer. With The Death of Captain America Omnibus, we witness Brubaker shockingly lay waste to star-spangled Avenger Steve Rogers in the wake of Civil War, which paves the way for Bucky to rise up and don the shield and costume in an effort to thwart the Red Skull's diabolical, overarching scheme. Loaded with espionage, action, and always constantly compelling and surprising, this is where Brubaker's run on Captain America really, really shined. Combined with the artwork of Steve Epting and Mike Perkins, along with everyone else included in this handsome omnibus, and you have what has become the definitive Captain America creative team. All in all, if you've missed out on any of Brubaker's now prolific run on Captain America, this is as good a place to jump on as any. Long live Cap.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Kurt Conner VINE VOICE on May 18, 2010
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This is not as good as the groundbreaking volume that precedes it, but it's still great and worth a read. There is a bit of an overlap with the first volume, as Captain America 25 is reprinted in each, but that makes sense, and the issue is so pivotal that it's necessary to set the tone for what follows. And what follows is a cast of fascinating supporting characters who mourn in various ways and deal with the huge void left by the death of a larger-than-life hero. The Red Skull moves forward with various sinister machinations that seem, honestly, a little tame for him, like maybe Brubaker has been watching Fox News to get the pulse of America and is really interested in supervillainy being behind oil price hikes and foreclosures. I love the Red Skull and how he worked in the previous volume, and it's disappointing to see him so overshadowed by the powerful work, packed with emotion and action, that Brubaker is able to do with characters like the Winter Soldier, Agent 13, the Falcon, the Black Widow, and Iron Man. I hear other people say that the book actually improved when the title character died because the supporting cast is so good, and I'm not willing to go that far, but I can certainly recommend this book as a worthy continuation of the superb story that Brubaker and Epting told in the first omnibus.
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The Civil War between Captain America and Iron Man has ended with Iron Man as the victor. Steve Rogers aka Captain America is escorted to his trial and the Red Skull's master plan is put into action. Cap's allies scramble and the Winter Soldier aka Bucky has his own mission. -summary

The Death of Captain America is the culmination of 3 years worth of storytelling that began and took place within the pages of Captain America: Winter Soldier, Captain America: Red Menace, Civil War, and Captain America: Civil War. Ed Brubaker began making status quo changes when he re-introduced Captain America's original side-kick Bucky Barnes as the Winter Soldier. Originally it was thought that Bucky was killed during a mission in World War II, but he was revealed to be alive and well, and used as a weapon to conduct covert assassinations for decades. Along with many fans, I was not too happy to see Bucky resurrected through a retcon, because along with Uncle Ben from the pages of Spider-Man and Jason Todd in Batman, Bucky's death was meant to be irreversible and for a very long time Marvel ran with this as he even appeared among the Legion of the Unliving. I guess it's true after all, no one truly stays dead in comics, well, unless it's Uncle Ben. In any case, I enjoyed how the character was handled, Brubaker managed to pen the best Captain America stories in at least 20 years. The last, highly enjoyable storyline I can think of off the top of my head was The Captain. Now getting to this book, this is an awesome omnibus that collects the storyline across issues 25 - 42, but minus the Fallen Son story arc. The Omnibus itself is very well made with a sturdy spine, it opens up very well with almost nothing lost in gutter space.
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