Just kidding, there will be a CAPTAIN AMERICA #26 and many, many more to come by creative team Ed Brubaker and Steve Epting. But, speaking of events and news and cycles and recreational readers and rising tides and what not, today is one of those slow news days that gets a comics story picked up every where. It started in the Daily News as an EXCLUSIVE, and the AP story is since running on ABC, Business Week, Fox, and a kajillion other places, including CNN which has the headline Shocking event for Captain America. To avoid shocking cave dwellers too much, we’ll put the rest of the story in the jump.
…yes, it’s true as the Times of India bluntly put it: Captain America falls to sniper.
We’ve been monitoring some of the comments over on the private retailers forum, and without breaching any confidentiality, let’s just say that retailers across the nation are apparently having a field day with media requests, phone-ins and general attention. While Marvel sort-of kept this under wraps (the #1 internet rumor for months has been Cap dying in Civil War) they are making more copies available to keep up with media fueled demand. Well played, Marvel!
Of course the big BIG question…how long will he stay dead? With a Marvel-funded CAPTAIN AMERICA movie in the works, some may say not long. Indeed, a literal reading of the solicitation copy reveals, “about a year.”
Trust us, folks, this oversized 25th issue will stun readers and send shockwaves through the entire Marvel Universe for the next year!
Perhaps the most interesting thing in all of this is the quote in the Daily News piece from the 93-year-old CREATOR of Captain America, Joe Simon:
“It’s a hell of a time for him to go. We really need him now,” said co-creator Joe Simon, 93, after being informed of his brainchild’s death.
We hope they broke the news gently.
“Captain America will continue to be published despite the very real death of Steve Rogers.
Next week, Civil War: The Confession features the final moments of his life.
In April & May, Fallen Son: Death of Captain America will follow the Marvel Universe’s reaction to this tragedy.
Also in May, Captain America #26 is where the aftermath of his death must be faced, beginning with the autopsy of his body.
Comments from Ms. Marvel in this week’s Civil War: The Initiative, which seemed to indicate that Captain America is still alive, and being held prisoner by the Pro-Registration forces may not have been exactly what they seemed on the surface, and events related to those comments will play out in upcoming issues of New Avengers.
So, yes, Captain America, Steve Rogers, is dead.”