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Sunday, October 21, 2007

New Avengers: The Spirit of America

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I haven't promoted this project because most of you can't get it -- but I'm proud of it anyway. It's the fifth in a series of NEW AVENGERS comics produced specifically for the US army's soldiers, and the second one I've written. I always feel a particular sense of responsibility working on these books, because of the terrible burdens our soldiers face these days.

In this book, a message from Captain America -- taped before his death -- sends Wolverine and Iron Man, separately, to protect two siblings -- a soldier and a national guardsman -- who, together, hold the key to an A.I.M. terrorist plot. I had some fun with the Iron Man/Captain America conflict, and also with the fact that Wolverine now has dual membership in the Avengers and the X-Men. (He drags Cyclops overseas with him.)

There's a nice, brief review here. If anyone else has read it and has feedback -- or has a friend or relative serving, who gets hold of it -- I'd love to hear it.

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5 comments:

Kevin said...

SPC Galvin, Fort Myer, VA

Trying to get my hands on a copy of the comic for my step-father...avid collector of comics. Can't seem to find one in my area :( Any suggestions?

Stuart Moore said...

Sorry -- just saw this! It may be available through the AAFES, which sponsors the books. Try their site.

Emma Samia said...

I've been trying to see if there is a link to get in touch with you but as there doesn't appear to be one, I'll leave you a comment.

I'm currently in my final year of university writing my dissertation and I've chosen to focus upon the role of the superhero in recent popular fiction, specifically looking at the death of Captain America. I'm currently breaking it down by looking at all the meanings that could be behind it.

I was wondering if you could give me your opinion about whether you his death is significant or if it is just a gimmick to sell more comics? It would be a real booster if I had an opinion from somebody in the industry!

I understand you're busy but if you do get a minute this would be greatly appreciated; you would be a great reference!

Many, many thanks!
Emma Samia Howard
emmasamiahoward@gmail.com

Stuart Moore said...

Emma: Like any big event in this field, the death of Captain America is obviously designed to sell comics. But the reason it sells comics is because the event resonates with the readership on some level. By any standard, this is a difficult time in America's history; writer Ed Brubaker, and Marvel Comics, recognized that and saw a chance to explore the relevant issues by killing their symbol of America and showing the reactions of all the characters around him, both super-powered and normal.

So yes, it's a gimmick; but it's also significant.

Hope that helps!

Anonymous said...

Ive got one is it the only one?