Written by Altjiranga Mitjina
“Every country has the government it deserves”
- Joseph de Maistre
By now everyone has seen it. It was page one material last month when it first came out. What am I talking about? Captain American #25. By now most of you have probably seen the now familiar panel from the issue of Captain
For a brief recap of what is going on: This issue follows the end of the top selling Civil War mini series. In this mini series the Marvel Heroes are faced with the task of registering their identity and their role as a hero with the United States Government. Some heroes do so willingly, others decide that this act is a violation of what they represent. Captain
This is where the issue of Captain
Lots of attention over a comic book character you might think. There’s lot of real people dying that don’t get the type of attention that this fictional hero got. After the loss of all those lives at Virginia Tech it seems to be kind of silly to be getting all hot and bothered over the death of a make believe character.
Yet I believe we are defined in some sense by our fictional heroes as well as those of flesh and blood. Who we are is reflected in the actions of these larger than life characters that we give life to on paper or on the big screen.
In today’s marketplace the hero is sometimes not much better than the villain he faces. Too often the hero is as quick to shoot first and ask questions later than to try and reason out an answer.
We live in age where the anti-hero is all the rage, where dark and gritty is the preferred story telling device. Captain American reflected a man who was a Hero and who stood in the light. His stories did not sell, his brand of Hero is not what we are looking for today. So they have to kill him.
Will he be back? This is comic books, no one dies forever in these tales of four colors. But before the true man behind the mask is back we will probably see a version of Captain
As a country we may get the government we deserve, but as a country maybe we get the heroes we deserve also.