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The Death of Captain America: The Death of the Dream (Captain America vol. 5 #6)

4.2  ·  Rating Details ·  4,634 Ratings  ·  130 Reviews
Leaping from the final pages of Civil War, this is the biggest Cap story that Ed Brubaker and Steve Epting have yet to tell - guaranteed to stun readers and send shockwaves through the entire Marvel Universe! As repercussions ripple outward, the Winter Soldier finally chooses a side - his own. But what are the Red Skull and his minions up to behind the scenes? Collects Cap ...more
Paperback, 160 pages
Published June 25th 2008 by Marvel (first published November 21st 2007)
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Apr 22, 2015 Jeff rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comix
Hey Jeff! Wasn’t Sidekick week three weeks ago?

Bite me!

Captain America Status: (view spoiler)

Remember when you were a little kid and one of the tests to measure your cognitive ability was putting pictures from a story in the proper order? Well, I was never very good at that, which was why I ended up with the paste eaters. Flash forward today and I’m reading Brubaker’s epic Captain America saga out of order and trying to make a lick of sense where they fall
Dan Schwent
Aug 22, 2012 Dan Schwent rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics, 2012
In the aftermath of the Civil War, Captain America is gunned down on the courthouse steps minutes before he was going to be arraigned. Now Bucky, the Winter Soldier, is gunning for Tony Stark and his first objective is claiming Captain America's shield...

First off, I went on a hiatus from buying Marvel Comics around the time Civil War hit because it wreaked of hype and things that would be undone at the first opportunity, like Spider-Man revealing his identity and Captain America being killed. L
Jul 31, 2014 Anne rated it really liked it
So my neighbor asks if he can borrow a couple of my comic books.
Still don't have them back, by the way...
In return he offers me this, and says, 'It's a collector's item.'
Inwardly, I laughed.
There are three kinds of comic book collectors.
1) Real collectors with stuff like the original Superman in mint condition.
2) Fans who collect the books because they love to read them.
3) Douches who assume they will be worth money later.

Guess which one my guy is...

Anyhoo, I'd already read this collector's item
I love that this comic has no bullshit buildup to the death of Captain America. That build-up was the entirety of the Civil War storyline, so when The Death of Captain America kicks off Tony Stark is now the head of SHIELD (mostly successful in imposing the Superpower Registration Act), Captain America has surrendered his rebellious self to end the bloodshed (novel concept that ... the America icon willing to surrender himself to save innocent lives rather than seeking revenge and "victory" at a ...more
At the conclusion to Marvel Civil War, Captain America surrender to Tony's forces. As he heads to trial, Cap is murdered.
In the aftermath of Captain America's death, the whole world seemingly reacts in its own way. Bucky, Falcon, and Sharon Carter react by trying to find out who killed Cap.

How do I put this nicely? I find comic book Captain America boring. He's all good guy, by the book, and seemingly everyone's friend, if he were real I'd probably love him. As a comic book character he and his
“Captain America#25 which depicted Steve Roger's death was the highest selling comic of March 2007 with preorder sales of 290,514 which was double the sales of theMighty Avengers#1 in the same period.The Death of Captain America was reported in ABC News, whereBryan Robinsonsparalleled the events to the Post-September 11 World and Iraq.” (Wiki)

This graphic novel covers the death of Captain America and the fallout from that tragedy. It's no easy task for Cap's sidekick, Bucky, to pick himself up a
Dec 19, 2008 Greg rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics, marvel
I couldn't get myself really interested in this. Even in my comic book obsessed days as a pre-teenager I never really understood Captain America. He had a shield and he was kind of a dick, and out of all the Avengers he seemed the most useless (which is saying something because I didn't think too highly of many of the mid-1980's Avengers). Now he's dead, someone called the Red Skull killed him, another Marvel character I never quite understood, but apparently he's now a pretty evil force to be r ...more
Apr 13, 2014 Sesana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: superhumans, comics
I might have had a bigger emotional reaction to Steve's death if I hadn't been reading this book in 2014 (view spoiler). But that doesn't change the fact that it's really, really well-written. Look, I know where this is going. I think we all do at this point. But Brubaker is good enough that I can still get swept up in a story that I already know the outcome to. Pretty impressive. That's mostly down to the characters in the lead, S ...more
May 08, 2014 Eric rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Captain America fans
Shelves: graphic-novels
Okay, I'm going to be hypocritical here. In my reviews of Captain America: Winter Soldier, Volume 1 and Civil War: Captain America, I criticized the writers for focusing too much on the supporting characters and not enough on Cap, but this six-issue volume only features Cap in the first pages of one issue in the scene he dies, and it is the strongest of all the Captain America books I've read. Agent 13, Falcon, Bucky Barnes, Nick Fury, and Iron Man were all in top form here.

This book ties a lot
Mar 15, 2009 Kemper rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics, superhero
While I'm usually not a fan of the comic industry's habit of 'killing' a major character to boost sales, this story and it's follow-up have actually worked. Set against the finale of Marvel's Civil War storyline, anyone who ever enjoyed a Captain America comic couldn't help but get choked up at his death. As long as Marvel keeps going with the 'new' Captain America and lets Steve Rogers remain dead, this story should be considered a classic. If they just bring back the original in a year or two, ...more
After the civil war, superheroes now have to register, and Cap is brought in as an example. On the steps of the courthouse he is shot by a sniper. Fury doesn't trust SHIELD, Bucky is off on his own mission to hunt down the sniper, aided by Falcon and Sharon Carter. While most of them blame Tony Stark for his role in forcing Cap to register, he has his own suspicions and sends Black Widow to do some spying.

So many conspiracies and plot threads and this ends on a CLIFFHANGER! I had thought this w
Aug 18, 2011 Cameron rated it really liked it
Death is a rather common thing in comic books, but when it happens to a character of as much prominence as Captain America, even people largely unfamiliar with comic books take notice. When this story was first told, multiple news sources reported on it and to this day you can see a replica of Steve's shield hung on the wall of the studio of The Colbert Report. It's interesting then, that Steve Rodgers' death affected the real world in much the same way that his death affected the fictional worl ...more
Aug 29, 2016 Arturo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm not going to try to convince anyone to read this, the first issue in this (#25) is essential after all. Afterwards we're dealing with Winter Soldier on a vendetta, searching for the sniper, with intentions of going after Tony Stark sooner or later. Agent 13 dealing with her inner turmoil and teaming with Falcon who are after Crossbones and Sin. Black Widow appears and is after Winter Soldier. Meanwhile Red Skull continues working behind the scenes toward whatever ultimate plan he has.
Nov 04, 2012 Gavin rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics
Wow. This is part 1 of 3 in the arc, and it's just fantastic writing and art, that could have been melodramatic or silly in a lesser author's hands. Brubaker does a fantastic job here. Winter Soldier/Bucky is a great character, with tons of layers to him, and the best characters are always the conflicted/complex ones. I am very glad I borrowed all 3 parts from the library at the same time. Delightful to read.
Tarique Ejaz
May 03, 2016 Tarique Ejaz rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Death of the Dream is a cleverly written storyline encompassing the effects that the Civil War among the heroes has had on the entire Marvel Universe. The fact that it signals a major event which was likely to severely change the landscape of the upcoming Marvel stories makes this a memorable arc.

The thing about Captain America is that he surrendered at the end of the Civil War on seeing the adverse effects even his stand was causing to the innocents around him. He saw the very thing he was tryi
Amber Ditullio
Sep 19, 2011 Amber Ditullio rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Fans of Superhero Comics, Those who have read the Marvel Civil War series
Shelves: graphic-novel
Following directly on the heals of Civil War, the three books of the Captain America: The Death of Captain America series begins with Cap's assassination and follows the hunt for his killers, to the very end where the whole plot is revealed.

This, being the novel in which Cap was actually assassinated, was the most heart-wrenching for me. And I say that being a DC fan who hasn't read a lot of Captain America. But I do know enough of this icon for it to hit home. I was unfamiliar with many of the
Leni D. Anderson
May 09, 2009 Leni D. Anderson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novel
VOYA Review Codes: G; S, A/AY; 4P; 5Q

The Death of Captain America written by Ed Brubaker, and art by Steve Epting and Mike Perkins is a dynamic action pack drama about the assassination of America’s hero Steve Rogers, better known as Captain America.
The story begins with Cappy’s genesis; “…The skinny kid who grew up on the streets of New York City during the Depression…seeing the best and worst that America had to offer. How he saw the Nazi marching on Europe…and tried to join the armed servi
May 07, 2009 Jack rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics
A hell of a story, but there was a lot missing from this volume. It's definitely not a good starting place for the story, coming as it does at the end of Civil War. A person with no knowledge of the Marvel Universe will be completely lost. Also, it felt rushed all over the place, with a lot of action happening offstage. I wondered how much of the story was being told in other titles released contemporaneously with the main Cap title. However, the whole killing Cap thing is a ballsy move, and one ...more
Scarlet Cameo
Sep 27, 2015 Scarlet Cameo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Te odio Marvel!!! Me traicionas de nuevo
Jan 13, 2014 Praxedes rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This first part of a trilogy begins with a bang. Filled with legendary crime fighters and evil masterminds, this graphic novel shows great promise. It helps if one has a rudimentary background of the characters (even watching the Avengers movie helps), but there are enough flashbacks that neophytes will not feel daunted. Many folks wonder why the Cap is so revered, since his "superpowers" pale in comparison to those of other superheroes...this story will set them straight. I cannot wait to get t ...more
May 14, 2015 Nick rated it really liked it
Is it bad that I think it's really cool to have a Captain America book without Captain America? I don't mean that as in I don't like Steve (because I do), but it's just so interesting to see a story without the main character.

This book is just so intriguing because it is the aftermath of Steve's death. It's absolute chaos, and it's wonderfully done. We see the aftermath primarily from Sam's, Sharon's, and Bucky's point of view, but we also get some stuff from Tony and Natasha, as well as some o
Reading this several years after the fact, coming to it from the movie 'verse, and knowing that with one or two exceptions comics "deaths" never stick, this collection didn't have much emotional impact for me. The characters being different from the characterisation I'm used to also didn't help—Tony's a dick, yeah, that I can buy, but a dick who's in charge of SHIELD? Uh.

Also, I don't know if I'm more annoyed by the storyline they give Sharon Carter in this, or by her field uniform which is a l
Arno Callens
Jun 04, 2015 Arno Callens rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Captain America without Captain America, that's no easy feat to pull off. Yet Brubaker and Epting manage to capture the ramifications of Cap's death for his inner circle of friends, and the Marvel universe at large, way better than the overly sentimental Fallen Son-series. With all due respect, sometimes less is more, mister Loeb, and that minimalistic approach is precisely what sets this series apart from yours.

As always Brubaker seems to be building to something bigger, but keeps up the pace,
Apr 11, 2016 Paza rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cómics
Me demoré caleta leyéndolo pero uh, lo disfruté demasiado. Pensé que el gran evento se desarrollaría al finalizar el tomo así que me sorprendí cuando en dos cucharás me chantaron la muerte del Capi pero ojo, no para mal. Fue una grata sorpresa porque resulta súper interesante cómo los realizadores fueron capaces de darle sentido a una historia que continúa la serie del Capitán América y mantenerlo en la palestra, por así decirlo. Que no se perdiera el hecho de que eran los números de su tirada. ...more
"You shot my friend. And I don't have many friends."

Jan 17, 2015 Josh rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics
Review is based on just issue #25 and is sort of summary of the whole series up until that issue:

This was a pretty solid issue, with a focus on how Cap is perceived by the other 2 main characters in Brubaker's run (Sharon Carter - Agent 13 and Bucky Barnes - Winter Soldier). On the other hand, Cap's end is pretty unceremonious and disappointing. At this point I'm pretty well done with Brubaker's run. The art is classy if bland. The tone is gritty and grounded without being oppressively serious,
Perrin B
Sep 20, 2016 Perrin B rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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May 31, 2010 Steve rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics
Very well written story dealing with the aftermath of Captain America's death. My only concern as I continue reading is that it is impossible to read this book on its own. Brubaker is creating a 40-something issue story, and it's fantastic stuff but you can't read part of it on its own.
Jeff Cadoff
I'm old school, so the death of Captain America is a problem at the title. However, this is both well written and well illustrated. Kudos. I liked it, but gotta admit that Cap can't die for me.
||Actual Rating: 3.75||

I was going to review this but since I already have the complete collection on hand I'll just finish that then review it all at once.
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Ed Brubaker (born November 17, 1966) is an Eisner Award-winning American cartoonist and writer. He was born at the National Naval Medical Center, Bethesda, Maryland.

Brubaker is best known for his work as a comic book writer on such titles as Batman, Daredevil, Captain America, Iron Fist, Catwoman, Gotham Central, Sleeper, Uncanny X-Men and X-Men: Deadly Genesis, and The Authority, and for helping
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Captain America vol. 5 (1 - 10 of 15 books)
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