Wednesday, December 12, 2007
Captain America - Killer?
BAD GUY: "So, why don'tcha just shoot us in the head, Flagface?"
CAP: "I don't use guns."
BAD GUY: "Not what I heard."
That's not what I heard, either.
I was talking with a friend about this, recently, and I've certainly seen takes on Cap that acknowledged the fact that, as a soldier during war-time, he has killed. Apparently, he even used guns. ("Bucky/Winter Soldier" sure does.)
In Captain America #125, Marvel was sticking with the "There's always a way to stop the bad guy without killing him," version of Captain America. Sounds a lot like DC's Superman philosophy - even down to both characters having broken their own rule once, then crying about it for some time afterward.
These days, I think Superman still has the same worldview, while Captain America (pre-mortem), I believe, was depicted a tiny bit more like any other war-time soldier with no super-powers. It's war. Warriors kill.
That said, I really liked the "boy scout" Captain America who valued all life - even that of bad guys - so much that he'd give his own to protect it. He was a source of inspiration to good guys and bad ones - not because he could fly faster than the speed of light and create new powers by staring into the sun, enabling him to stop anyone without killing them.
Broken bones notwithstanding.
So, which Captain America (or other superheroes, if you like) do you prefer in your comics?