Yes, it’s true. In the hottest comic-book news event since Spider-Man’s unmasking, and last year’s lesbian Batwoman thing, Captain America–superstrong guy who fought in World War II, then got frozen in suspended animation until the modern day (okay, 1964)–has been assassinated. His death comes in the context of a “Civil War” among the U.S.-based superheroes of the Marvel Universe, on the issue of government restrictions of their freedom (to be superheroes).
How big was the story? On newsarama.com, the NY Daily News reporter who scooped it, Ethan Sacks, said:
The smart money is on Cap being resurrected after awhile (he’s got a movie coming out in a couple of years), following the example of the “Death of Superman” in the 1990’s. For now we can expect to see several other characters attempting to take on his mantle, beginning with…the Punisher. (His superpower is uh, shooting criminals. And he wears a skull on his chest. Perhaps you remember one of his two movies.)
Is this a sad day for America, or what?