Captain America The End #1
Written by Erik Larsen
Art by Erik Larsen
Colors by Dono Sanchez-Almara
Letters by Joe Caramagna
The Rundown: Steve Rogers continues the fight for liberty and freedom in a war ravaged future, but the odds continue to be stacked against him.
In the last gasp of his final battle with the Red Skull, Captain America finally ended the threat of the dictator only to find that Skull released a poison gas that transforms people into murderous Skull clones. In a pitched battle against unbelievable odds, Cap finds himself in an underground tunnel where the last survivors of humanity are in hiding.
When the location is discovered, Steve must rescue the small band and take them somewhere he might be able to find supplies. He finds the source of the Skull-clones hive mind and in a battle with impossible odds, Steve will discover that this might be a fight he will never win.
The Story: Erik Larsen brings a compelling and thoughtful story of a soldier coming to grips with the fact that fighting the same war will continue getting the same results. There is a maturity to this story that gives the reader a compelling look at Steve Rogers evolving beyond his old self, but also showcases some great action and adventure throughout. This is a great story about the legacy of the character and how he can be the hero with or without the shield. I love the reveals in this issue, but it is the internal struggle Steve faces that makes this story so engaging.
The Art: Larsen creates some beautiful art throughout this issue. From the first action filled pages to the quieter, contemplative moments, Larsen gives the visuals an energy that ebbs and flows with the story. A great looking issue.