With the Fourth of July just around the corner, it’s fitting that Captain America’s funeral will occur in the issue of Fallen Son that’s being released this week. The Associated Press talks to Jeph Loeb about Fallen Son:
Writer Jeph Loeb has been busy working through the stages of grief in his most recent titles. A book centered on Wolverine dealt with denial; one with the Avengers covered anger; and Spider-Man battled depression.
With the story line so relevant to present-day politics, and the timing of the latest issue so precise, it’s hard not to think the whole thing is one big slam on the government.
“Part of it grew out of the fact that we are a country that’s at war, we are being perceived differently in the world,” Loeb said. “He wears the flag and he is assassinated — it’s impossible not to have it at least be a metaphor for the complications of present day.”
But Loeb says he was working with more personal material: the death of his 17-year-old son from cancer.
“So many people have lost their sons and daughters over the years, for the greater good or to cancer or other horrible things,” said Loeb, an executive producer for NBC’s “Heroes.” “I wanted this to be something people would identify with.”
In the final frames of the book, the Falcon delivers a eulogy asking superheros old and young to stand up and honor Captain America. Loeb did a similar thing at his son’s funeral.
“It was this moment where I realized that we were all different, but this boy, my son, made us all connected,” he said. “It was powerful.”