Captain America #1
Artist: Steve Epting
Colors: Frank D’Amata
Letters: Randy Gentile
Editors: Tom Brevoort, Andy Schmidt, Nicole Riley, and Molly Lazer
“Out of Time Part 1”
The story starts five years in the past. The Red Skull has come to Russia in order to get new weapons from a disgraced general named Alexander Lukin. After Lukin reluctantly takes care of some business, he shows Skull his stockpile of weapons. As they walk, Skull sees a hyperbolic chamber with a familiar man in it. Lukin says he’ll trade the man for the Cosmic Cube, a source of power that the Skull previously owned. Skull scoffs at the idea and proclaims that he will get the cube back. We then cut to present day New York where the Red Skull has finally gotten hold of the Cube. He gloats on how he will finally bring Captain America down.
That person watching him turned out the Red Skull in disguise. The Skull heads back to his high-rise apartment and is about to activate the Cube (how does that thing work anyway?) when General Lukin calls. He knows that Skull has found the Cube and is still willing to barter for it. Skull refuses the offer. Suddenly, the Skull gets a sniper shot to the chest and falls over dead. The issue ends as the assassin (sent by Lukin) comes into the apartment and steals the Cube.
I thought this was a nice issue. The overall story and dialogue was pretty good. Since the Red Skull is Cap’s most known villain, I liked that it centered on him. It also introduced a new element into Steve world but it's one we don't see till later in the arc. The ending is a shock but know that the Red Skull has died before. I also liked Cap’s part of the issue. It was interesting seeing him be a little more reckless than usual.