Monday, May 30, 2016

About that Captain America twist....

Unless you've been living under a rock, you probably heard about the huge twist at the end of Captain America: Steve Rogers number 1 that came out a few days ago. The internet has lost its mind over it, but is it really something to be concerned about? Click on to hear my thoughts on the situation. But note, heavy spoilers for the issue follow.

So... yeah, apparently Cap is actually a Hydra agent. And the book seems to indicate that he has been for a very long time. Possibly ever since he even first donned the star-spangled costume.

So what does this mean for the character? First of all, you'd be hard pressed to find a bigger Cap fan than me. If anyone should be raising their torches and pitchforks to Marvel, it ought to be me. But let's all take a breather for a second and actually examine the situation.

Frankly, it all seems pretty damning. Cap throws Jack Flag out the back of a plane, albeit seemingly regretfully, (though that character's actual fate isn't clear) before saying "Hail Hydra" in the book's final panel. We also see, in a flashback, a woman who works for Hydra save Steve and his mom as a child, and give him a flyer for the evil organization. Which seems to indicate that maybe he's been a double agent from the very beginning. He also seems to think a lot of her, as he references her act of kindness many times during his internal monologue.

So how concerned should we be? Honestly, not very. These kinds of teases have become staples in the comic book genre. How many times have you read a comic where the titular character "dies" at the end of the book before next month's issue reveals that he managed to survive and save the day? I imagine quite a few. Fact is, it's all a ploy to get people to buy the issue. And that's it. There's no way this is permanent, and it's only a matter of time before Marvel somehow retcons it. Whether that's from people getting angry or because they've been planning on it for a long time, this isn't going to last forever. And I think everyone just needs to stop for a minute and wait until the next issue before claiming that Cap's character has been assassinated... again. Remember that Marvel swore up and down that Peter Parker was actually gone in Superior Spider-Man. And guess what happened there.

As for the issue itself, it's actually pretty good. Nothing spectacular, but the art is nice and I liked the character interactions a lot. I'd say it's probably worth a read. My biggest problem with this twist, honestly, is that it happened in the very first issue of his new book. As someone who's been looking forward to having Cap back again, doing this right off the bat is quite disappointing. But I'm interested to see where this goes. It may very well be the terrible decision people think it is, or maybe Marvel's going to do something very clever with this down the road. We'll have to wait and see. 

Captain America is one of my favorite super heroes of all time. So believe me when I say that I'm concerned about the direction this book has taken. But also believe me when I say the world's not ending. Let's all just take a step back and see what happens. Do you agree with me? Or is the world actually ending? Let me know down in the comments and I'll see you next time.

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