Alas! What is this I see out my window!? A faint hint of blue mingled amongst the gray heavens. What madness is this? I once heard legends of a great orb that floated amongst azure skies. In the deepest months of winter his magnificent light transmormed fields of snow into shining gold and verily in the most arid months of summer did his baleful gaze beat down upon our fair Earth. But alas, this great Thing is but a legend spoken in hushed tones, and nothing more. Forsooth, our sky’s color is that of ash from the hearth and never has this legendary orb of the heavens been seen. Mourn my friends for this legend of bygone days and weep that thy children shall never behold his majesty save for in their dreams.
I think Heroes is a great show, better and more atmospheric than Lost is (or has been since season 1). For those that don’t know one of the characters on Heroes is a HS cheerleader who has a Wolverinesque healing factor and that brings me to the following link.
Harry Knowles endorses Heroes This is from the ever churning cesspool of fanboy bitchfests that is Aintitcoolnews.com. It is kind of funny in sick perverted way. The depravity of man knows no bounds. Click the link.
Friday, November 10, 2006
The Winter Soldier…Cap at his best?
Well….in between things at work and am I using the down time to do school work….no…I’m putzing around myspace wasting time. Anyhoo I though I had some stuff to post about so here I am.
There is a long running joke (or was I suppose) for Marvel comics fans that the only character to stay dead, for reals, was Bucky (former sidekick to Captain America). That all changed a year or two ago with the Winter Soldier storyline. I picked up the first trade (Captain America: Winter Soldier Vol. 1) a few months ago and despite the sacrilegious horror it induced found it an enjoyable read. Ed Brubaker’s depiction of the Captain is one that is tired, conflicted, and angry and often seemingly at odds with his superiors. A man dissatisfied with his nation as it stands and apparently unable to see the very ideals he believed in when the skinny Steve Rogers walked into the recruitment office oh so many years ago.
The Captain’s emotional turmoil is only heightened by the reemergence of Red Skull and the strangely familiar visage of the Winter Soldier. Vol. 1 is a solid read with great art that ends with as many questions as answers. There is still some doubt that the Winter Soldier might not be Bucky; that is until Vol. 2. Brubaker maintains a consistent characterization of Cap but some of the storytelling elements here are a little annoying, most notably the exposition heavy issue that reveals how Bucky (yes it is indeed Bucky) came to be the Winter Soldier. It was sort of a dissatisfying conclusion to what could have been a real cool moment in Marvel Comics history.
Like Robin the Bucky character was one that makes little sense. The Captain was a soldier fighting in WWII and there is no real reason why he should be accompanied by a kid sidekick. What the Winter Soldier series reveal is a rather fun element to the Bucky/Cap relationship. Cap was the flag, the ideal, the symbol. Bucky was the truth, the dark underbelly of way. Only 16, he lied during enlistment, Bucky was Spec Ops, trained by the British S.A.S., he did the dirty, bloody work that would otherwise soil Cap’s pristine Red, White, and Blue. While I doubt this is believable within the context of the original Cap stories it is, I think, an entertaining retcon that fleshes out what was essentially a flat character. Anyway Brubaker’s wonderfully human interpretation of Cap, very much a product of the post 9/11 world, is a surprisingly compelling character who reflects the conflicting emotions of the American people as a whole (or at the least, this American person). He is an icon, yeah, but he is a person and he hurts in the same way the rest of the nation hurts. Anyway if you’re interested reading a very well portrayed and believable version of the Captain than go ahead and pick up the Winter Soldier trades.
Anyhoo…lunch time. At a later date I plan on posting about Pride of Bagdad, and Civil War.