One of the best two issues of the whole “Civil War” event. Check it out.
Title: Fallen Son: The Death of Captain America: Spider-Man
Author: Jeph Loeb
Illustrator(s): David Finch (pencils), Danny Miki (inks) and Frank D’Armata (colours)
Original Publication Date: Cover dated July 2007.
Cover Price: $2.99 US, $3.75 Can
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Spider-Man tries to cope with the loss of Captain America his own way, and bumps into a couple of old friends. Well, people he’s known for a while; they’re not necessarily friends.
Peter responds to getting “cheered up.”
Um, why did the spider-sense go off? It warns of danger, but at that point, there wasn’t any.
This doesn’t feel very original, but I didn’t even notice until I started to write this review. Grieving has been written before, many times, and in many ways, but this really nails it. It’s good enough that originality doesn’t really matter. I give it 2 out of 6.
The artwork is led by David Finch, who jumped ship on Moon Knight in the middle of a story arc to do this issue. I don’t blame him at all; he nailed every panel. You can’t produce this kind of quality without a genuine passion for the material. Factor in Miki’s inks, and the colours by Frank D’Armata (who is the only colourist whose work I notice every time I see it), and you’re in excellent hands. It’s worth the cover price for the art alone. I give it 6 out of 6.
The story is almost as good as the art. The “trigger” to his outburst doesn’t quite work, but otherwise, it holds together. I give it 5 out of 6.
The characterization is perfect. Spider-Man’s tone perfect, as are his guest stars. There’s just nothing more to say; Loeb and company really nailed this down. I give it 6 out of 6.
The emotional response for an issue about Spider-Man’s emotional ride that simultaneously celebrates and mourns Captain America with such fantastic characterization and art can’t get any score but 6 out of 6.
The flow works very well. It’s essentially one long scene, with a very well blended flashback. I give it 6 out of 6.
Overall, this package is worth every penny and more. Pick it up, even if you haven’t picked up the rest of the series. I give it 6 out of 6.
In total, Fallen Son: The Death Of Captain America: Spider-Man receives 37 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 #8-11
- 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