Fallen Son: The Death of Captain America #4
Quick Rating: Good
Spider-Man mourns the death of Captain America.
Writer: Jeph Loeb
Pencils: David Finch
Inks: Danny Miki
Colors: Frank D’armata
Letters: Richard Starkings
Editor: Bill Rosemann
Cover Art: David Finch
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Despondent over Captain America’s death, Spider-Man turns to the one person he’s always gone to for help… his Uncle Ben. Standing at his grave, in the rain (in comic books, there is a strange, localized weather phenomenon giving all graveyards a 90 percent change of rain at any given time), Peter wonders if he should even go on being Spider-Man. His mourning is cut short, however, when he sees a familiar face across the cemetery – the Rhino.
Spider-Man standing in the rain, pondering his future… well, let’s just say it’s nothing we haven’t seen before. Yeah, he’s depressed over Cap’s death, and yes, it’s logical, but it’s still sort of overdone. An unexpected character shows up at the end to add a few platitudes that we’ve all both heard and said while we’re depressed, so again, points for realism, but points off for originality.
But major points go to David Finch’s artwork this issue. As Spider-Man trades blows with the Rhino, he recalls an early fight he had with the Hulk in which Captain America stepped up and joined the fray. Finch, Danny Miki and Frank D’armata do a really good job with these flashbacks, particularly their techniques for blending together the present with the past. Their blurred technique isn’t something I’ve ever seen used in quite this way before, and it’s really very effective, particularly on the two-page spread at the end of the fight.
The only real problem with this issue isn’t that there’s anything bad about it, just that it goes back to a very familiar well.