Captain America: The Death Of Captain America
- Marvel Comics
- Publication Date:
- 25 June 2008
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I have a feeling that I read this trade a little too late to be too affected by the death of Steve Rogers, what with him reappearing on the Marvel scene nowadays. I tend to dislike comic book "deaths" because they never stay dead, and so they mean nothing to me. There's always some evil villain to resurrect them, or a faked death to escape for a while, or some convoluted story about how they didn't REALLY die - it just looked that way. And since Captain America is such a big player in the Marvel Universe, there was just no way in the world that he was going to STAY dead, even though the creative team declared that he was "really" dead. The book even includes a couple of articles with speculation about Captain America's death, with Marvel emphasizing that yes, he really is dead. It all rings a little hollow, especially post-Reborn.For being relatively new to reading comic books, I feel jaded already.Now that my rant is out of the way, however, there's still a pretty good story to be found in these pages. The art is really good, and Brubaker knows how to suck a reader into a story. There's the inevitable turmoil and power vacuum that is left behind after Captain America is seemingly assassinated on the steps of a New York courthouse in front of a crowd of mostly supporters. Bucky, above all, is affected by his former partner's death and gets a little unhinged. Meanwhile, Sharon Carter and Sam (Falcon) are investigating Cap's death too, and one of them uncovers something very ugly.Iron Man, in spite of an attempt to portray him a little more sympathetically (at least, I think this was what Brubaker was trying to do), still comes off as a major jerk. This bothers me; how could the two of them have gone from being best pals to this? I think it's more Marvel trying to shuffle characters to fill roles that they want, even though it's not a good fit. I'll be glad when this entire mess, including the Civil War and its aftermath, is cleaned up for good.
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