Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Remembering a Legend

"I am not a hero. The real heroes were the boys I once knew who feared for their lives, yet fought for freedom anyway."

-Steve Rogers/Captain America

Anyone that's into comics is probably well aware of the origin of Captain America. Mythos: Captain America is another re-telling of Captain America's origin, but for me, it would actually be the first time I'd ever seen the super soldier's origin in comic book form. I kid you not. As much as I admire the character that is Captain America, this is only the second time I've picked up a Captain America comic (the first time was when Marvel was doing their two-in-one reprints in early 2005 and I purchased New Avengers #3/Captain America #3).

This may very well be one of the best comics I've read all year. It gives you Cap's origin in amazing detail and with some gorgeous painted artwork. Most of the times I've read about Cap, he's fought side by side with the other heroes of the Marvel world. Seeing him fight the good fight in World War II, back in his own time was strangely refreshing.

I've read many comics that tugged at my heart strings, but this one nearly had me in tears at the end. Cap has fought long and hard and at the end of the book, only one of the soldiers he knew from his time was still alive. They're eating dinner and looking on at paintings in the dinning area. The paintings are of soldiers that fought in WWII. Steve looks on and says "I miss those boys." Wolverine, Spider-Man, Daredevil; Cap has been able to fight with other soldiers after his rebirth, but many of the good friends he once knew are dead. I can only imagine how awful that must feel.

I haven't read any of the issues from the current run on Captain America, but I've heard nothing but great things about it. I may pick up the trades somewhere down the road, but for now, I'm pretty content with Mythos: Captain America. Anyone missing Steve Rogers in the red, white, and blue will love it. Heck, I bet anyone would love this.


Tommy said...

This reminds me of something.

In the Marvel Holiday Special (1991), I think Cap runs into one of Bucky's relatives (his sister, methinks).

Reggie White Jr. said...

Interesting. Wonder if that story was ever collected.