October 8, 2007 |
When it was first announced that Marvel had asked David Morrell - the man who introduced John Rambo to the world in the novel "First Blood" - to write a Captain America story, there was instant buzz: The man who created what became one of cinema's most popular soldiers would be telling a tale starring the character many believe to be the symbol of the ultimate American soldier. Once it was announced that Morrell would set his story in present-day Afghanistan, many in the overwhelmingly liberal comics community started dismissing the book.
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.
July 5, 2007 |
HOUSTON - Philadelphia is a city that infamously threw snowballs at Santa Claus and venerates Ben Franklin. That never really warmed to Hall of Famer Mike Schmidt while embracing the fictional Rocky as a symbol of its gritty spirit. But what will the city of cheesesteaks and scrapple make of Captain America? Captain America is the gee-whiz, red-white-and-blue comic-book hero who stands for all that's good and right. It's also what people who have been around Joe Savery call the 21-year-old lefthanded pitcher who was the Phillies' No. 1 draft choice out of Rice University.
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 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.
April 9, 2007 |
The death of Captain America continues to be felt throughout the Marvel Universe. Each character is dealing with it in his own way, and Marvel is making that point in an interesting - and powerful - fashion with a special miniseries titled Fallen Son: The Death Of Captain America. The interesting hook of Fallen Son is that each issue will have a character or group of heroes representing one of the five stages of grief - Denial, Anger, Bargaining, Depression and Acceptance - made famous by Elizabeth K?bler-Ross.
March 19, 2007 |
WHEN MARVEL first announced "Civil War: The Confession," I was a bit underwhelmed. The idea of the one-shot, a conversation between Captain America and Iron Man - in which we would learn a secret about Civil War - did not seem terribly exciting. Toss in the fact that Brian Michael Bendis - a talented writer who, at his worst, would rather write endless dialogue at the expense of pacing and action - and you had a book that looked to be little more than an attempt by Marvel to take more money from the "Civil War" brand.
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.
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.
February 5, 2007 |
"Black Panther" (aka T'Challa) was the first black superhero in mainstream comic-book history and remains one of the most prolific. He has long been one of the more popular members of Marvel's "Mightiest Heroes," the Avengers. But Marvel's various attempts to give the character his own title have ultimately failed - and one of the major reasons is that the character has never seemed integral to the Marvel Universe the way characters like Captain America and Spider-Man are. Until now. Thanks to writer Reggie Hudlin (director and writer of the movie "House Party")