A recent comment reminded me of an article I wrote about the death of Captain America. I invited the general public to get over it. It seemed the day Captain America #25 was released the media couldn’t keep from talking about it.
Some fans of Captain America went in to a depression, some lashed out at Marvel, and some (myself included) accused Marvel of sensationalism simply to make an extra dollar.
That was at the beginning of March in 2007.
Prior to that, civil war had erupted between Earth’s heroes who were split on an issue involving their rights. Tony Stark (Iron Man) led the way in getting the government to pass a law stating that all super powered humans had to register their secret identity and be trained and employed by the government.
While Iron Man led the pro-registration side, Captain America led the anti-registration underground rebels.
I was down on Civil War and claimed it was boring. I still feel this way. The concept was brilliant, but the execution was drawn out and over-hyped. However the final outcome (the death of Captain America) and after effects have proved to be very interesting indeed. The stories that have come from Civil War made the whole event worth while.
I till say that Marvel killed Captain America for two reasons:
1. In real life they killed him to make more money on comic book sales.
2. In the comic book world he died by the hands of a former agent of shield (agent 13) who was being mind controlled by Dr Faustus. He was first wounded by a sniper as climbed the steps of a courthouse in handcuffs after turning himself in to Tony Stark.
The death of Steve Rogers (Captain America) has only proved to enhance the Captain America comic book. In fact, I actually look forward to reading this comic book. Instead of halting the comic (Superman style) the stories have focused in on Bucky, Captain America’s sidekick in World War II, the Red Skull (a long time enemy of the Cap) Agent 13 (Captain America’s killer) and several other characters. Written by Ed Brubaker and illustrated by Steve Epting, this comic book has a very nice conspiracy / espionage feeling to it.
Many other Marvel titles are really worth your money right now, which brings me to my final point.
During the course of this blog I have been somewhat down on Marvel in general for such things as the House of M, and just having bad stories in general. Recently I’ve reversed my feelings. Marvel is pumping out some high quality stories, you just have to buy the right ones.
X-Factor, Iron Fist, Captain America… even Iron Man are all very well written and illustrated comic books. Good job Marvel, and keep up the good work.