Fallen Son Death of Captain America #3 NM Michael Turner Variant Cover Marvel Kate Bishop


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Fallen Son Death of Captain America #3B
Published Jul 2007 by Marvel
Alternate Cover MICHAEL TURNER

How has the fall-out of Civil War affected Captain America? One side won and the other side lost – but the aftermath may have hit some heroes harder than others. Now it’s time to navigate this turbulent new landscape with the shield-slinging Super Soldier – and your guides are none other than Jeph Loeb and John Romita Jr.

The unthinkable has happened. Captain America is dead. Shot down by snipers, one of Marvel Comics greatest icons is gone. Fallen Son is what happens next. It’s a tall order to have to follow that kind of historic moment. Other writers can comment on the death, but they don’t have to pay tribute, detailing the raw reactions of those closest to Steve Rogers. Jeph Loeb volunteered to write this five-issue series, which moves through the five stages of grief that follow the loss of a loved one. Loeb, who lost his son almost two years ago, felt he could best convey those emotions.

Unless you’ve been living in a cave, by now you’ve heard the shocking reveal of Marvel Comics’ “Captain America” #25: Steve Rogers, Captain America, is dead. And with the word now out, the full name of Jeph Loeb’s five-issue series dealing with the death of one of Marvel’s most iconic characters has finally been revealed: “Fallen Son: The Death of Captain America.” Loeb took a few minutes to talk to CBR News about the upcoming series.

“This came about when I found out that Cap was going to get assassinated in Cap #25,” Loeb told CBR News. “I wanted the character to be remembered by fandom and by the characters in the Marvel Universe.”

Each of the five issues corresponds to one of the five stages of grief: denial (Wolverine), anger (New Avengers), bargaining (Captain America), depression (Spider-Man) and acceptance (Iron Man). “The idea to do it that way came from JM Straczynski at the creative retreat last Christmas,” Loeb said. “As soon as he said it, I saw the finished comics.” Loeb, who tragically lost his 17-year-old son Sam in 2005 to cancer, is no stranger to the process of grief and this series has been informed in no small part by his all-too recent personal tragedy.

Death, in mainstream comics, has more often than not turned out to be a revolving door. But as to the prospect of the late Steve Rogers returning from the grave, Loeb said only: “I wrote ‘Fallen Son’ about what happens after a person dies. I don’t live in a world where people come back after they are gone.” Marvel EIC Joe Quesada confirms that in Rogers’ case, dead means dead, but that someone else will indeed be taking up the mantle of Captain America. “That will be dealt with (with or without success) in ‘Fallen Son’ #3,” Loeb promised.

Loeb is joined by an impressive array of artists for “Fallen Son.” Wolverine’s denial will be penciled by Leinil Yu. The anger of the New Avengers will be rendered by Ed McGuinness and Dexter Vines. John Romita Jr. and Klaus Janson help Cap’s supporting cast through the bargaining phase. David Finch will put a face on Spidey’s depression in the wake of his friend’s passing. And lastly, John Cassaday draws Iron Man coming to terms with his part in the tragedy. “But the truth is, ‘Acceptance’ has to do with the entire Marvel Universe. It’s why Cassaday was the perfect artist. He can draw everyone and make it cool.”

“They are my partners,” Loeb said of his collaborators. “We talk all the time, we communicate via email. I wrote those scripts specifically for them, hopefully leaning toward their strengths. Nobody’s complained yet, so I think we succeeded! I think the artistic efforts from the teams is nothing short of extraordinary.”

Loeb, whose background is in film and television, provides each artists with a full script. “I only know how to write full script,” Loeb admitted. “In fact, I work from a program for television scripts. It makes it easier when I’m done with my work at ‘Heroes,’ that I don’t have to learn another program!

“So the artists get full descriptions of every panel, and dialogue (that I will sometimes change to reflect the artwork better) for every scene,” Loeb continued. “I try and give the artist as complete a picture as I can. And since I can’t draw, I’m very much in their hands.

Michael Layne Turner (1971 – 2008) was an American comics artist known for his work on Witchblade, Fathom, Superman/Batman, Soulfire, and various covers for DC Comics and Marvel Comics. He was also the president of the entertainment company Aspen MLT. Turner died June 27, 2008, at the Santa Monica Hospital in Santa Monica, California, of complications from bone cancer.


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