Wednesday, March 07, 2007

Captain America is Dead

I picked up Captain America #25 today. It seems that they've decided to bump off Cap.

Now, for guys like me who've been reading comics for a while, it's tough to buy that anyone who ever dies in a comic is, in fact, dead. Comics are passed from creative team to creative team, and the idea is that creators should act as the best custodian possible for a comic series, but never leave the series in tatters.

Writers may get to play god within a certain framework, but how excited do you think Publisher Dan Buckley would be to head to the meeting of the Board of Directors and explain why Captain America, the fighting symbol of the United States, can't help them sell T-shirts, ice cream or be around for a potential multi-million dollar movie? I'm betting our friend, Steve Rogers, isn't actually going to be gone for too long.

Oh, sure, I bought the issue. My greedy little mits pulled the final copy right off the shelf (only two hours after the store opened, at that). You don't get buried this far into comic geekiness wiithout listening to that squeaky little voice in your head that says, "Ah, it's just one more comic! Pick it up! Now go torch the library."

You sort of have to pick and choose from the options League-Mite gives you. Some of them are burny.

Anyhow, it's interesting to see that the press bought into the "Dead Icon" deal again. I guess folks don't really remember that Superman "died" and came back. Or that even our friend Robin "died" and came back (although that took well over a decade).

I don't mean to be so cynical, but I can't really buy into this one. What I CAN buy is that Brubaker is a darn good writer, and that this series will probably be worth picking up. Marvel's on a roll from a universal standpoint. I can't vouch if each and every title is a good one, but there's some interesting stuff going on in the House of Ideas.

Heck, they got me and League-Mite buying Marvel comics again.


Michael Corley said...

I think Professor X put it best... "For mutants, there is no pearly gates, there are only revolving doors."

Anonymous said...

Starbuck "died" on BSG this past Sunday. So bummed.

Anonymous said...

Whoa. Spoilers are making their way into the comments section.

I hope Jas doesn't read this before he watches the tape (from last Sunday night's episode) that I gave him last night.

Steanso is still fighting the good fight against Time Warner, and hence has no cable.

I sent him an email, and I'll try to warn him later today.

Anonymous said...

Yikes! Didn't realize that folks were watching taped BSG even later than I was.

I figured it was old news. My bad.

Anonymous said...

Hey, who is League-Mite?

The League said...

League-Mite is the 5th Dimensional Imp who tells me what to do.

RHPT said...

Who do you think convinced him to move back to Austin?

The League said...

League-Mite was most certainly partially responsible. Possibly also Mr. Harmsxptlk.