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Thursday, April 03, 2008 

Cap with a gun does seem troubling

Cranky Old Man's Comic Blog recently wrote about Bucky's taking up the role of Captain America, with a handgun in this case. And he makes a few good points, such as, while Cap may have carried a gun during the Golden Age, the difference is that he was fighting a war as well. So unless he does battle with some Saddam type villains, which I doubt will happen just now, there's really not much to this gun-toting take on the Star-Spangled Avenger.

And now that I think of it, somehow, there is something rather disturbing about seeing Cap blasting away with a gun, even if he only shoots to injure. Maybe it's how it reduces some of the imaginativeness in depicting a guy using a frisbee-style shield to combat the baddies. The pistol does get in the way of that. Cap fought plenty of enemies in a serious vein years before while using his shield, and it didn't hamper the seriousness these past stories could include.

But I guess the biggest, most troubling problem here is the thought that they may have gotten rid of Steve Rogers because they didn't like the super-soldier serum premise. I wonder if that's why they made Steve bite it? I don't know, but if they did, I most certainly don't approve of their getting rid of Steve out of PC-ness.

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