Thursday, March 08, 2007

Captain America

Most of the rest of the world, I now know, found out about this on the news throughout the day. I woke up and barely made it to work on time, then directly from work to the comic shop so... hadn't heard a thing. I knew #25 would be a "big" issue, being the first Cap story post-"Civil War." But I didn't figure on this. Yeah, signs had been there for a bit, 20/20 hindsight and all, but in the actual reading this came as a complete shock to me (I had half-expected it DURING "CW"... but right after??) It's a cracking great issue, yes, and coupled with the past year's worth of stories about the character this may be the most "satisfying" comic book death since Captain Marvel... but, still... Wow. Ton of bricks.

And, yes, I did cry.

"O CAPTAIN! my Captain! our fearful trip is done,
The ship has weather'd every rack, the prize we sought is won,
The port is near, the bells I hear, the people all exulting,
While follow eyes the steady keel, the vessel grim and daring;
But O heart! heart! heart! O the bleeding drops of red,
Where on the deck my Captain lies,
Fallen cold and dead."
-- Walt Whitman ("O Captain! My Captain.") 1891

"So forever in the future,
Shall I battle as of yore,
Dying to be born a fighter,
But to die again, once more."
-- Gen. George S. Patton ("Through a Glass, Darkly.") 1922


Wesley said...

I don't know why you cried, knowing comics Cap'n won't stay dead. Regardless, this is just yet another jump the shark moment brought to you by the ever dissapointing Civil War saga.

Bob said...

I reacted because I honestly wasn't expecting it, and because it was a really well-told issue. Brubaker is a fantastic writer, and his Cap run has been the best since at least Gruenwald's.

Casey Malone said...

Because someone had to -

I-hate-you-Walt-freakin'-Whitman! Leaves of Grass my ass!


Anonymous said...

All I can say is thank God.

Now, if we can just get Ultimate Cap into the 616 universe as the long-needed replacement...


Bob said...

Yeah... let's NOT have Ultimate Cap popping up in the 616. Great character, yes, but he (and everyone else in "Ultimates" when you get right down to it) is basically a parody.

And do we really want "the" Captain America to be a jokey parody of American "jingoism?" Comicdom already has one more "Force of July" than it needs...