Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Captain America Is Reborn

One of the coolest things about comics are the incredible physiques and impossible breasts. One of the weakest things about comics is that nobody ever stays dead:

Over two years ago, Steve Rogers died; this summer, he will be REBORN.

Beginning on July 1, writer Ed Brubaker and artist Bryan Hitch present CAPTAIN AMERICA REBORN, a history-making limited series spinning out of CAPTAIN AMERICA #600, on sale now, and centered on the return of Steve Rogers, the original Captain America, to the Marvel Universe. For Brubaker, it represents a pivotal turning point in a saga he has been building for over five years.

"REBORN is the next chapter in the larger story that I've been building in [CAPTAIN AMERICA] since issue #1," explains the writer, who launched this current volume in 2004. "This is a chance to really explore how things have changed in the years since Steve's death and really delve deep into who Steve Rogers is and why he became Captain America. It's a really a [story] with two or three different plotlines that all intertwine, which is a lot of fun and allows us to have [both] in-your-face action and quiet character moments."

"We've been planning the story of Cap's return virtually from the moment that he died," reiterates editor Tom Brevoort.
Cap is too much of a goody two shoes for me but I've still always liked his character so I'm glad that he's coming back but come on: enough with the coming back to life already. Superman, Green Lantern, the second Robin, Colossus, the list goes on and on. The Geekologie Writer has an interesting theory on this:
Wow, does nobody stay dead anymore? I mean, Jesus. Seriously, you started this.
In Jesus' defence dozens of religions include resurrection myths so I don't think the blame for our cultural obsession with cheating death can be laid solely at his sandled feet. "Sole"ly, get it? Yes, terrible, I agree.

1 comment:

magpie said...

Legends never die, I guess. The ultimate level of greatness that a mythic hero can attain is that he or she will return when the need is there. Like King Arthur, the once and future king.

In ages past, hunters and fishermen were the givers of life. They slew or tamed the wolves and brought home the food. They were the heroes.
But eventually, from accident or age, they would not return from the hunt, or from the sea. But people would honor their place around the fire for as long as anyone remembered them, which might be two generations at most. It was an expression of love that people hoped that they would return. Maybe that was the start of the idea of heroic resurrection.