Years ago, Captain America lost decades of his life when he was frozen in ice beneath the ocean. He was awakened by the Avengers and became a man out of time. Cap overcame that setback to once again claim his place among Earth's Mightiest Heroes... but his worst nightmare has occurred as he's now once again on ice.
How did this happen? Kraven the Hunter lured Cap into a round of the most dangerous game as he hunted the hero across an island filled with traps. Of course, a second-rate Spider-Man villain wasn't about to put Cap down for good. Even in defeat, Kraven managed to achieve some level of revenge when the mysterious organization that employed him showed up and froze Cap within a block of ice.
Next week, Cap’s going to break free from the ice... and he's not going to like what he finds.
Mark Waid and artist Chris Samnee are sending Cap to the future in Captain America #698. And this isn't a future that we've seen before in the Marvel Universe. This isn't the year 2099 or the twilight of the mutants in the "Days of Future Past" timeline. Instead, humanity has seemingly come to ruin under the oppressive heel of a new regime. In fact, some of these humans are barely humans at all.
Naturally, Cap's first response to this madness is to lash out at the people around him. He assumed that they were his captors. And it is an open question about where Cap has spent the intervening decades. The dialogue on these exclusive preview pages suggest that he was prominently on display for the current regime.
Things may look bleak now, but Cap's new friends and allies will be molded into a new band of Howling Commandos... necause Captain America isn’t about to sit back and let innocent people live without their freedom. With his help, they're going to take back their land.
But even if they're successful, what will happen to Cap? And can he find a way back home?
Captain America #698 will be released on Wednesday, February 14.