March 08, 2007

More on Capt. America's "death"

Yesterday's post about the upcoming "death" of Marvel Comics' Captain America didn't have information on his killer. It turns out to be none other than his arch-nemesis, the Red Skull. (Actually, a sniper hired by him.)

In the latest edition of the comics, he is shot dead in a New York City courthouse by his all-time adversary, the 66-year-old Red Skull. The assassination comes after the superheroes in the series are divided over the government's decision requiring them to reveal their true identities and register with authorities. This leads to the creation of two factions, one led by Captain America, who goes underground and launches a resistance movement, and the other by Iron Man. At the end, he surrenders to the pro-registration group, but was shot dead on the steps of courthouse as he went to face charges.

Well, in a way, that's a sigh a relief. I was thinking it might just be an average shlub who offs America's icon. I mean, what kind of sense would that make? Here's Cap -- who survived World War II, was frozen in suspended animation for almost 20 years, fought in parallel dimensions, far-away galaxies ... and he's killed by Joe Six-Pack?

But having the most obvious choice of the Skull as Cap's "murderer" (I'll keep using quotes when I write "kill" and "murder" since Cap will not really be killed) also serves to make it clear that Cap will be coming back. After all, the Red Skull has survived numerous "deaths" throughout Cap's very own book, even by having cloned himself a new body from Steve Rogers' (Cap's real identity) own body (see the climactic issue #350, for instance). Geez, why don't the Avengers of somebody just barge in on the Skull's hideout and nab a few of Cap's cells? Instant new Capt. America!

Joe Quesada, Marvel Entertainment's editor-in-chief, said he would not rule out a recreation of Captain America.

No, really, y' think???

Marvel Entertainment President and Publisher Dan Buckley said he "does not rule out the possibility that Captain America is not really dead or is somehow resurrected."

The plot thins.

Check out the interview with "the killer" of Cap, current Captain America writer Ed Brubaker.

My own fairly lengthy Cap post from a year ago, deals with Rogers' renunciation of the Capt. America identity, and his aborted run for the US presidency.

The Comic Blurb's Jonas Diego agrees with me about Cap's "death."

CynaraJane wonders if the Cap killing represents a symbolic death of America in general.

Lester Spence adds his thoughts as a non-fan of the "re-examination" of the Cap mythos portrayed in "The Truth."

UPDATE: The inimitable Avi Green at the Four Color Media Monitor has a terrific commentary about this whole ordeal.

Posted by Hube at March 8, 2007 04:17 PM | TrackBack

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So Hube, how's the whole Civil War treating your comic buying? I've slowed down and although I may stay around a but longer (I do like Brubaker's writing) I'm seriously considering bypassing the big two and just buy independent. I'm starting to find that I'm enjoying the non-hero (DMZ, Y The Last Man, etc)books a lot more than the "hero" books.

Posted by: Mark at March 8, 2007 06:55 PM

Just remember, Joe Quesada is on record saying the Captain America is outdated.

And Frontline #11 said that because he doens't watch lame movies on youtube, he's not really American anyway.

Marvel is begging me not to buy any more of their comics. Luckily, Hulk and Ghost Rider are still good.

Posted by: Ivan Wolfe at March 8, 2007 07:20 PM

Ivan: I linked to that Frontline #11 bit in my update on yesterday's Cap post. Absolutely frickin' UNREAL commentary. Pathetic. If that's what America "represents," then we're through. Period.

I wasn't aware that Quesada had said that about Cap. He's a moron.

Mark: I didn't even buy any "Civil War" books (the actual title, that is). A buddy of mine did, and he lent them to me. The art was good. I'll give 'em that!

I'm like you -- I'm looking more and more at unconventional stuff. I still like heroes, but Marvel is getting just plain absurd. I say bring back Jim Shooter! There's a guy who knew what comics stories were about.

Posted by: Hube at March 8, 2007 07:33 PM

I'm having truble finding underoos at Penny's...but it looks like they have some Granimals at Sear's this weekend.

I pick up some cute pink outfits for you.

Posted by: donviti at March 9, 2007 08:13 AM

Geez, I haven't read Captain America in years, but I remember there was a time when the government took away his RWB uniform and shield, and he went around in a black one. What was that all about? Congressional oversight or something? If you don't know, I'll have to go digging through those boxes in my basement.

Posted by: G Rex at March 9, 2007 10:59 AM

They're late to the party but OpinionJournal has an item about this:

Posted by: Duffy at March 13, 2007 09:31 AM