March 12, 2007 |
There is really only one comic to talk about this week. The news of the death of Steve Rogers in "Captain America" No. 25 hit me like a punch to the gut. I have always admired the character and what he stands for. What is sad to me is that people seem to be focusing on the event rather than the story or the character. Which is a shame, since the tale spun by the talented Ed Brubaker is outstanding. The story has the hero sacrificing himself in a heroic way. His first wound, from a sniper, is a direct result of his selflessness.
June 11, 2007 |
The stage of grief the third installment of "Fallen Son: The Death of Captain America" deals with is Bargaining, which is perfect. Because this book is a bargain at any price. It's that good. While I thought the previous "Fallen Son" issue fell short, this chapter hits the mark by emphasizing the importance of Captain America, even in death. The excellent story starts off with Iron Man (Tony Stark) skeptical about a character claiming to be the expert archer and ex-Avenger Hawkeye, who was also recently killed.
May 10, 2010
More 'Captain America' casting news Toby Jones, the British actor best known for playing Truman Capote in "Infamous," will play in his first comic-book movie, in Marvel Studios' "Captain America. " Jones is in final negotiations to portray a villainous scientist named Arnim Zola in the production, which already has Hugo Weaving as another bad guy, the Red Skull. The movie shoots this summer in England. In comics lore, Zola was a genetic engineer who created clones and various monstrosities.
November 12, 2007 |
FOUR MONTHS after Marvel Comics killed off Captain America, he's back - in a story before his "death," and made exclusively for U.S. soldiers (collectors, comic dealers and eBay). One million copies of "The New Avengers: The Spirit of America," the fifth in Marvel's series for the military, became available this Veterans Day weekend at military base stores worldwide. "If you really, really want one, you need to know someone in the military," said Jim Skibo, director of support for the Dallas-based Army & Air Force Exchange Service, which is distributing the comic.
March 12, 2007
When a hero dies, do we all follow? Even when he's imaginary? On Wednesday, Marvel Comics issued the final panels of the colorful career of Captain America. In the midst of a civil war, Steve Rogers, the little-guy alter ego of the Captain, is gunned down on the steps of the Manhattan courthouse by a sniper. Captain America, like his country, has faded and come back before. A wartime creation, he first appeared in 1941, enjoyed popularity as a Cold War superhero, then dwindled.
July 9, 2007 |
Only Tony Stark - and Marvel - would do this. While much of the advance press for the fifth and final issue of "Fallen Son: The Death of Captain America" has centered on Cap's funeral at Arlington National Cemetery, the end of the issue offers a surprise twist. This is one of writer Jeph Loeb's better efforts in this series. There are a few powerful and poignant moments, the highlight of which is the eulogy given at Arlington by Sam Wilson, Cap's longtime partner, the Falcon.
November 25, 2013 |
I saw a lot of interesting costumes while watching the Philadelphia Marathon last Sunday: Santa Claus with real beard and jingle bells, Barney Rubble, Forrest Gump, and a lot of tutus (on men and women). Then a woman dressed as Captain America ran by, smiling, holding a small shield in her hand. When a man dressed as Captain America ran by soon after, I thought it was a coincidence, especially given that the Captain America sequel is coming out in April. I was wrong. Karl Leitz and Aya Takeichi-Leitz are a married couple from Jersey City.
April 29, 2014 |
After superhero blockbuster Captain America: The Winter Soldier topped the top box office for three weeks, femme-fueled The Other Woman ousted it in its opening weekend. Fox's raunchy revenge comedy, starring Cameron Diaz, Leslie Mann, and Kate Upton, debuted with $24.7 million, while Disney-Marvel's Captain America grossed $16 million in its fourth weekend. Sony's faith-based Heaven is for Real held the third-place position with $13.8 million.
October 15, 2001 |
GOT A PROBLEM with some guy named bin Laden? Cue Superman. Or Captain America. After all, they knew how to handle one ubervillain named Hitler. Comic-book superheroes have historically reflected their times. Superman (1938), Batman (1939) and Wonder Woman (1941) were created at a time of crisis for America. The stories of their battles against the Axis powers were hugely popular with wartime readers. Superman sank Nazi submarines. Wonder Woman smashed German tanks. Batman delivered guns to soldiers around the world.
May 7, 2007 |
The reason to pick up "Fallen Son: The Death of Captain America" No. 2, is for the spot-on portrayal of Spidey. To recap the premise of the series, each issue will have a hero or group of heroes going through one of the "five stages of grief" in the aftermath of the death of the beloved icon. This issue has both teams of Avengers representing "Anger. " Or at least that's what the promo says. Inside the issue are more than 10 characters, and only two, Spider-Man and Ms. Marvel, seem to be exuding any anger.