Well, it’s happened. The mantle of “Captain America” has officially been transferred. This has, naturally, sparked more than a bit of discussion.
The League of Melbotis is very happy with the issue and the whole storyline surrounding the Death of Captain America:
You may be aware that Cap was killed some time back, but that story is just as fascinating to watch unfold. Unlike the impenetrable and winding plots of the Death of Superman and World without a Superman stories, the post-Steve Rogers world feels organic, and as if the characters are acting from a real sense of loss and grieving (which, in superhero comics, rarely means sitting around crying).
Pastor James Harleman sees deeper religious meaning in the transfer of the title:
With no miraculous abilities and an admittedly cynical, pessimistic worldview, Barnes represents our current social and political climate. When he hears that there is a public protest demonstration, he panics: “Oh, God… I hope you don’t expect me to address protesters.” He’s not ready for that, immature in his role and even where his faith comes from. Looking at it from a spiritual perspective, he’s not unlike a new Christian: he’s ready to believe and even get to work, but not yet confident to preach.
Alephz is not happy with the turn of events:
New Cap (Cap with a Gun) seems to represent what America IS (or some cynic’s dream thereof); ready to start AND end some shit if need be. The shield doesn’t even come into it. The colours fly over a field of black because we don’t let our flag cover everyone and if someone gets in our way? We kneecap them until they do what we say or we kill them.
I want old Cap. Or someone in that comic to stand up for what I liked to think the character stood for.
So what do you think?