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Fallen Son: The Death of Captain America #3: Review

Jul 2007
Jeph Loeb, John Romita Jr.

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Chapter 3 - Captain America: Bargaining

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4 stars

Fallen Son: The Death of Captain America #3 Review by (February 15, 2010)
Based on an idea by J. Michael Straczynski. The chapter titles are based on Dr. Elisabeth Kubler-Ross’ five stages of grief: denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance. First meeting of old Hawkeye (Clint Barton) and new Hawkeye (Kate Bishop).

Fallen Son: The Death of Captain America #3 Review by (February 15, 2010)
Avengers Mansion was trashed when Scarlet Witch went mad at the end of Avengers v3 (or maybe v1 due to the renumbering), and Clint Barton was killed then as Hawkeye. But Wanda resurrected him at the end of House of M. In the recent New Avengers #26 he went in search of her and found her near her birthplace Mount Wundagore. Now he's returned to the US too late for the Civil War. Iron Man doesn't actually refer to Secret Avengers here, he just tells Clint not to join Luke (Cage) and Peter (Spider-Man) (in New Avengers). They were sometimes called Secret Avengers during Civil War. But Barton *will* join them in NAv#30 flashback, and take on the name and costume of Ronin. Iron Man will skip next issue, but as part of moving the flashbacks in NAv#28 and part of #29 earlier in time (as mentioned in #1) the Marvel Continuity project will put part of the NAv#29 flashback between here and #5, wherein IM and the Mighty Avengers harass Danny Rand (Iron Fist) in his Rand Corporation office. Kate Bishop and Patriot will also turn up #5 for the funeral and Captain America v5 #26 for the wake. Then we'll see them next in the Young Avengers Presents limited series. In #6 of that series Kate meets Clint as Ronin, who reveals his identity and gives her his blessing to continue using his old id. Of course much later they'll become partners in a Hawkeye series, both keeping the name. This is the 2nd Firebrand villain who started out as an eco-terrorist in Web of Spider-Man #77 but soon downgraded to a plain crook as he is here.


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Fallen Son: The Death of Captain America #3 Synopsis by Peter Silvestro
At the abandoned Avengers Mansion, a shadowy figure scales the wall and fires an arrow with a signal device into the air. Iron Man comes and the trespasser is revealed to be Clint Barton, the former Hawkeye, who was presumed dead. He wants answers on the death of Captain America. Iron Man responds by knocking him cold. Clint awakens on the SHIELD Helicarrier, his identity confirmed by the most sophisticated testing. Tony shows him Cap’s shield and lets him throw it. Clint’s control enables the shield to return right to his hand without incident; Tony reveals that of 77 SHIELD agent who tried throwing Cap’s shield, 73 are in the hospital and the other four hit Iron Man. Tony offers Clint the opportunity to be the new Captain America. Clint refuses but Tony reminds him he once claimed he could do a better job as Cap than Steve, perhaps he just needed the right identity. Later that night, Patriot and the new Hawkeye defeat the villain Firebrand and Iron Man jets down, placing them under arrest for violating the Superhuman Registration Act. Hawkeye fires an EMP arrow that shuts down Iron Man’s armor so they can make their getaway. They are halted in a nearby alley by Clint, in full Captain America gear. Patriot is offended that someone would claim to be Cap; Clint says it’s no different from becoming “Hawkeye.”  She responds that she took the name as a tribute to a fallen hero and she was given Hawkeye’s original bow by Captain America. Patriot argues that they were inspired by their heroes, not pretending to be them. And his shield has to be a copy, “because if it’s not, that’s just…wrong.” When Iron Man shows up, Clint stops him from arresting the two young heroes and accuses him of trying to deal with his grief and guilt over Cap’s death by bargaining it away. Clint returns the shield and promises to mail the costume back. Iron Man threatens to track down Clint if he joins the Secret Avengers, but his words just vanish into the dark….

John Romita Jr.
Klaus Janson
Morry Hollowell
John Romita Jr. (Cover Penciler)


Listed in Alphabetical Order.

Captain America
Captain America

(Steve Rogers)

(Clint Barton)
Iron Man
Iron Man

(Tony Stark)

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