Captain America Finale #1: Review

Aug 2023
?, Carmen Carnero

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4 stars

Captain America Finale #1 Review by (August 23, 2023)

Review: Satisfying wrap-up to the series centered on an underwhelming cadre of villains. There’s a lot of action, Sharon Carter wearing a skull mask, and one of the greatest phrases in all of comics, “leading an army of werewolves.” There’s also a lot of introspective stuff, a little lighter than the standard, “What does Captain America mean?” and mostly harmless. And now we have another creative team to look forward to, J. Michael Straczynski and Jesus Saiz.

Comments: Concludes CAPTAIN AMERICA: SENTINEL OF LIBERTY (2022). Sharon Carter’s first mission as the new Destroyer. Guest villains seen briefly: Taskmaster, Crossbones, Viper, Bullseye. Written by Jackson Lanzing and Collin Kelly who supply a closing essay on the series. Issue includes a tribute to the late John Romita (Sr.), comic book giant.


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Captain America Finale #1 Synopsis by Peter Silvestro

Continued from CAPTAIN AMERICA #750.

Captain America and Winter Soldier prepare to take on the Outer Circle:

Bucky takes his place at the Circle’s table and announces they have come to the end of the game. The Love concurs, noting that none of them have a chance, the Revolution (Bucky) wins. And she withdraws….

Captain America, Destroyer (Sharon Carter) and the new Nomad (Redacted) dive into the Outer Circle’s flying stronghold, fighting their way through the band of villains hired for the OC’s protection. And then they reach hundreds of robotic soldiers created by The Machine. They attack against all odds but suddenly a portal opens and Nomad (Ian Rogers) emerges, leading an army of werewolves….

The Machine abandons her “meatspace” body and returns to her consciousness in a giant one-eyed, tentacled machine. She confronts Cap, referring to her rebel son, Daniel Agboje, creator of the shield, and announces she will destroy the place with Cap in it. Cap hurls the shield, shattering the great glass eye, and it shuts her down, with a message from her son, “Hello, Mother, and Goodbye.” With her death, the entire fortress starts to break down. The Money is killed by the white cat, Alpine. The fortress crashes to Earth, Cap and Bucky linking up. They confront The Power, with Bucky prepared to shoot him while Cap tries to dissuade him, mirroring the standoff with The Revolution in CAPTAIN AMERICA: SENTINEL OF LIBERTY #5. But this time, Bucky has a better idea. They capture The Power and turn him over to his greatest enemy in the world: Doctor Doom….

Back home, Steve and Sharon are on their way to dinner when Amari, who idolizes Steve comes in, happy to see Steve is all right. In a three-page spread matching the opening of CAPTAIN AMERICA: SENTINEL OF LIBERTY #1, Steve jogs around Brooklyn, secure in his belief that he finally knows himself….

Carmen Carnero
Carmen Carnero
Nolan Woodard
Carmen Carnero (Cover Penciler)
Carmen Carnero (Cover Inker)
Alejandro Sanchez (Cover Colorist)
Letterer: Joe Caramagna.


Listed in Alphabetical Order.

Captain America
Captain America

(Steve Rogers)
Doctor Doom
Doctor Doom

(Victor Von Doom)

(Ian Rogers)
Winter Soldier
Winter Soldier

(Bucky Barnes)

Plus: Destroyer (Sharon Carter).

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