The second chapter in this series is out, so I’m writing the review now. Next week, I’ll continue with the model of reviewing the contents of new trade paperback collections.
Title: Fallen Son – Death of Captain America: Avengers
Author: Jeph Loeb
Illustrator(s): Ed McGuinness (pencils), Dexter Vines (inks) and Jason Keith (colours)
Original Publication Date: Cover dated June, 2007.
Cover Price: $2.99US, $3.75 Can
Past comic reviews can be found here.
The second stage of grief, anger, is played out by the two teams of Avengers as they deal with the loss of Captain America.
“Bob said he had therapy. You want to interrupt that?”
Not seeing the end of the game.
This feels much more original than the first issue. We’ve got two very different plots with the same emotional core. This one really does set itself apart from the rest of Marvel’s fare than the first chapter did. I give it 5 out of 6.
The artwork led by McGuinness is far less goofy than I’ve come to expect from him. The emotions come through clearly, but they don’t overwhelm the story. I give it 5 out of 6.
The story is well paced, with a great concept splitting the view of the two teams. There is also enough humour present to keep a very heavy story afloat without leading to depression. I give it 5 out of 6.
The characterization is hard to pull off with this setup. Anger will often mask individuality, so combining that with a large cast in a single issue doesn’t leave a lot of room for any depth for each character. I give it 3 out of 6.
The emotional response is good. This is an entertaining and interesting chapter in the story, and it moves along nicely with the entire group. I give it 5 out of 6.
The flow through each perspective works well. However, the constant switching back and forth does hold it back a bit. I give it 4 out of 6.
Overall, it’s a much stronger entry than the first chapter. I give it 5 out of 6.
In total, Fallen Son – The Death of Captain America: Avengers receives 32 out of 42.
Civil War Review Checklist
- New Avengers:
- Amazing Spider-Man
- Fantastic Four
- Civil War 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, complete
- Amazing Spider-Man #532-538
- Black Panther #18, 22-25
- Blade #5
- Cable/Deadpool #30-32
- Captain America #22-24, 25
- Civil War: Battle Damage Report – Not a reviewable format.
- Civil War: Choosing Sides
- Civil War: The Confession
- Civil War: Fallen Son – Wolverine, Avengers, Captain America,
Spider-Man, Iron Man
- Civil War: Frontline #1-11
- Civil War: The Initiative
- Civil War: The Return
- Civil War: War Crimes
- Civil War: X-Men #1-4
- Civil War: Young Avengers and Runaways #1-4
- Daily Bugle: Civil War Edition – This isn’t really in a reviewable format. It’s essentially what a newspaper
would look like had it been published in the Marvel Universe timeline between Civil War issues 2 and
- Fantastic Four #538-543
- Ghost Rider #8-??
- Heroes for Hire #1-3
- Iron Man #13-14
- Iron Man / Captain America Special: Casualties of War
- Moon Knight #7-9
- Ms. Marvel #6-8
- New Avengers #21-25
- Punisher: War Journal #1-3
- She-Hulk #8
- Thunderbolts #103-105
- Winter Soldier: Winter Kills
- Wolverine #42-48
- X-Factor #8-9