If you name the comic after Iron Man, he should make a more significant contribution than the Falcon.
Title: Fallen Son: The Death of Captain America – Iron Man
Author: Jeph Loeb
Illustrator(s): John Cassaday (pencils and inks) and Laura Martin (colours)
Original Publication Date: Cover dated August, 2007.
Cover Price: $2.99 US, $3.75 Can
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The final chapter of the series covers Captain America’s funeral and burial.
Those who were standing.
This didn’t live up to the hype. Yes, there are some nice comments and speeches, but many of the same were made while the character was alive. After the great fourth issue, and after comments from creators saying that the fifth was the best of the bunch, I expected a whole lot more.
This isn’t original. Even the last few pages were predictable, based on what’s happened in the series so far. There just weren’t any surprises, or even any elements that don’t seem to have happened elsewhere. I give it 2 out of 6.
The artwork is great. Cassaday does the job extremely well, and Martin’s subdued colour palette fits the tone very nicely. I give it 5 out of 6.
The story is sparse. In fact, the story is composed entirely of two eulogies, given in two different locations, both of which are predictable. I give it 3 out of 6.
The characterization is strong, both in terms of the descriptions of Steve Rogers, and in the interactions between the other characters. I give it 5 out of 6.
The emotional response didn’t deliver as it should have. I think that’s because of the comic book nature of the character. As fans, we aren’t going to get to the acceptance phase, because we know Steve Rogers will be back. It may take ten years, or even twenty, but it’ll happen. Ben Parker, Jason Todd, Hal Jordan, and Bucky Barnes all held huge significance in their deaths, even moreso than in their lives, and in the past three years they’ve all returned in one form or another. Someone else may be wearing the costume when Steve comes back, and it might not happen until after Joe Quesada vacates the Editor-In-Chief position, but it’ll happen. If the speeches given here hadn’t been heard from these characters while they described the man as he lived, they might have had enough impact to overcome this gargantuan obstacle, but they didn’t. I give it 3 out of 6.
The flow is hard to mess up, given the simplicity of the plot. I give it 5 out of 6.
Overall, it’s not a bad issue, but it’s not great. I give it 3 out of 6.
In total, Fallen Son: The Death of Captain America – Iron Man receives 26 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
I’m very interested in this Civil War series but am going to wait until Marvel releases it ALL (yes tie-ins too) in a set. Would ANYone have an idea of when that’ll be?
They’ve just started releasing the "Civil War Chronicles," a bi-weekly series with two comics per issue, reprinting what they feel were the most important parts. While a "Complete Age of Apocalypse" type release was described as likely in the indefinite future by Joe Quesada himself, I’d expect it to wait at least a year or so, which gives them time to wrap up the Chronicles line before the announcement. When I review all seven issues as a set, hopefully this weekend, I’ll also write a wrap up column letting you know which collections I recommend picking up, and which I recommend skipping.