Captain America #14 (Vol. 3)
Date: February 1999
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Cover Price: $1.99
Stats: 20 gray and color pages plus ads
Storytellers: Mark Waid, Andy Kubert, Jesse Delperdang, Chris Sotomayoor, Todd Klein
Like A Movie
This issue of Captain America has some similarities to the movie Schindler’s List. Most noticeable are the black and white (or gray tone) images, with splashes of red here and there. The red, in this case, being the Red Skull’s big, ugly head! Also, this is a story about WWII – in a round-about sort of way. Here we get to see an alternate life of one of Cap’s biggest foes – and it isn’t pretty!
“Turnabout” : The fold out cover on this issue gives a little bit of back story about the Red Skull: how he was a bellboy drafted by Hitler in WWII, and how he rose through the ranks and came to be Captain America’s nemesis. It also explains how he was recently trapped in a reality-altering cosmic cube – and that is an important point. The issue starts with several fantastic full page panels that are in gray color – except for Red Skull. It uses a 1st person dialogue to walk us through the noir-ish life of Red Skull. It seems he works in a hotel doing odd jobs for foreign tourists. He is over-worked and under-paid, and secretly despises the democratic state of Germany – which is lead by none other than Captain America! After Red Skull meets a nice girl and falls for her, he realizes that he needs to do something so he plans to attack Cap – and he pulls it off too, with a fatal shot that drags him out of this alternate reality and back into the “real” world. There he finds that Kang the Conqueror is partially responsible for his release. Kang, however, is beginning to question whether this was a good idea or not. I think probably not.
My 2 Cents:
- Story: – This alternate life of Red Skull was a really cool story, but I have to drop one star because it was a little confusing and hard to follow in a couple places.
- Art: – I love Andy Kubert’s art, and he is on fire in this issue! The huge, full page panels done in gray and red were beautiful and I found myself lingering over nearly every page.
- Fun Factor: – I like alternate reality stories if they are done right, and this one certainly qualifies! It was totally fun reading about Red Skull’s life in a democratic Germany, and how he still had to face off against Captain America.
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