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Captain America #28: Review

Mar 2021
Ta-Nehisi Coates, Leonard Kirk

Story Name:

All Die Young: Part IX

Review & Comments

4 stars

Captain America #28 Review by (March 31, 2021)

Review: A fairly talky issue but the talk scenes are the meat of Ta-Nehisi Coates’ run on the series. We’re given a rundown on what leads people to join crazy and violent fringe groups dedicated to harm and it all rings true, even for Steve Rogers who was once an outcast himself but found a cause. Not all causes are created equal, though, and we’ve seen the fallout in this comic…and in real life. Just wish the main story was that compelling.


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Captain America #28 Synopsis by Peter Silvestro

Alexa Lukin gives some advice to Sin who is preparing to lead the new Skeleton Crew: “let them know you are not just one man’s daughter but that you are a killer.” When Sin meets with the group, one of the thugs mocks her for being a woman. Sin beats him up in a fight, issues a warning to the others that she is in charge, and then calmly shoots the beaten thug….

In the wake of the disaster in Central Park, Captain America visits the hospital where he encounters his police friend Detective Dave Brennan. Brennan reveals that his brother Jamie was one of the fascist protesters injured. Cap understands the feeling of being a disappointment to oneself, searching for a cause to give meaning to life. Cap was that way, choosing to stand for his country; Jamie found it in following the Red Skull….

Aleksander Lukin/Red Skull oversees violent protests and confrontations in the State capitals….

Cap has Toni Ho examine the schematics of the bomb but she finds it puzzling; they call in Agatha Harkness who tells them that the device has some magic components. The bomb is designed to harvest the negative emotions of hate, fear, and rage, channeling them into a destructive force. Agatha also mentions that the magical components are rare so there are likely very few more like this. Sharon Carter and Misty Knight have been going over suspects and found Synthia “Sin” Schmidt, the Red Skull’s daughter among the group. The heroes go to the rally in Chicago…

…where Sin awaits with a sniper rifle on a rooftop, watching the demonstration. Sharon, cloaked by her armor, searches for the bomb while Cap takes on Sin. She slashes him with a drugged knife and Skeleton Crew thugs leap out from hiding and beat Cap, with Sharon coming to his rescue. Sin gets away via helicopter….

Later, as Sharon bandages Cap’s wounds, she reminds him that this mission is about more than saving lives: the Red Skull is out to kill an idea….     

Leonard Kirk
Leonard Kirk
Matt Milla
Alex Ross (Cover Penciler)
Alex Ross (Cover Inker)
Alex Ross (Cover Colorist)


Listed in Alphabetical Order.

Captain America
Captain America

(Steve Rogers)
Red Skull
Red Skull

(Johann Shmidt)

Plus: Agatha Harkness, Aleksander Lukin, Alexa Lukin, Iron Patriot (Toni Ho), Sin (Synthia Schmidt).

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