February 22, 2008 |
Daniel Johnston is a 47-year-old troubled soul who plays through the pain of mental illness with a quirky pop sound that takes on the terror of unrequited love and Captain America. The Capitol Years is a bunch of age-30-and-younger Philadelphians whose Lennon-meets-Beck eclat makes for nervously contagious pop concentrating on loss, luck and doom. That might not make them ready-steady partners. But tonight, not only will the Capitol Years open for the dicey genius, they'll be his backing band for Johnston faves like "Speeding Motorcycle," as well as a few Beatles songs, both acts' most lasting love.
February 18, 2008 |
America and the world needs Captain America more than ever. That seems to be the overwhelming sentiment of not only the Marvel Universe and comic fans but many in the "real world" such as Bill O'Reilly who lamented the death of Steve Rogers and his star-spangled alter-ego last year. Surprisingly, "Captain America" has not only continued without its title character but with the superb scripting of Ed Brubaker, has actually gotten better. Brubaker sees the "Death of Captain America" as a story with three acts.
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.
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.