captainamericabig.jpgMarvel has been selling a whole lot of comic books with their Civil War series. Last year Spider-Man was forced to reveal his secret identity to everyone. And now Captain America has been killed off.

America is fatally shot by a sniper in the 25th issue, which arrived in stores yesterday. The sentinel of liberty’s fight for right began in 1941.

In Civil War, the government began requiring superheroes to register their services and secret identities, and it outlawed vigilantism after supervillains and superheroes fought, accidentally killing hundreds of civilians. The heroes are compared to weapons of mass destruction that must be controlled.

The registration split the superhero community in half. Iron Man believed that superheros should be trained as military, while Captain America considered the legislation an erosion of civil liberties.

In the current issue, Captain America is shot by alleged assassin Sharon Carter, an intelligence agent he is romantically involved. She was apparently under the control of super-villain Dr. Faustus.
I’ve never really enjoyed the more patriotic superheros. The “high morals” attitude usually results in a two dimensional character.

Captain America was “killed off” during the end of World War II, when he plunged into the ocean during a flight on an experimental plane. Many years later he was discovered by the superhero group the Avengers, encased in ice and in a state of suspended animation. He was thawed out to continue his career.
Death is not a reality in comic books. Captain America has a movie in development (tentatively planned for 2010), plus a possible Avengers film is also in the works. So expect him to return soon enough. May-be someone will find a time portal and will go back to stop the big battle that caused all this nonsense. Superhero comics sometimes have the stupidest story-lines (Spider-Man’s Clone saga, nuff said).

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