It’s been a hard couple of days. And a hard week, so I didn’t do a post last week and will be doing two this week. But especially the last two days. Time to do my first image discussion post like I mentioned awhile back. I’m going to try not to say too much about it and let people take it in whatever direction they like.
The image I’m posting for discussion was shared in a Facebook group as a reaction to the Orlando shooting. The person who shared it doesn’t know who did the edit and I haven’t been able to figure it out either, but it’s originally from a variant cover by Paolo Rivera for the first issue of a new (in 2012) Captain America series. You can see that cover and the artist’s description of making it here, but I recommend waiting on that a bit. In my Biblical Studies classes I was taught to read first without any background and draw my own conclusions, then seek out commentaries and other resources. I think that probably works for interpreting anything – art is a conversation, and your initial uninformed reaction to it as a viewer matters. That in mind, here’s today’s image.
Open discussion in comments. Feel free to share whatever stands out to you or that you want to note for others.
After you’ve looked at it for a bit, here’s some optional questions in case you need some help getting started.
1 – Do you like it?
2 – Do you think it’s good? (Those really are separate questions. :D)
3 – How do you feel looking at it, and/or what does it bring to mind for you?
1 – If you follow comic book news, Steve Rogers/Captain America might seem like an odd choice right now. How do you feel about using his image this way in light of the current series?
2 – Why do you think the character was chosen? Who would you have chosen if you were going to do something like this?
3 – What message or idea do you think the image represents? Does it seem true or realistic? Does that matter to you?
4 – Did you read (or are you familiar with) the series this comes from? Does that change the way you see it at all? If so, how?
That’s all I’ve got for now. See you in the comments.