In a preview for the Death of Doctor Strange: Bloodstone, the foul-mouthed monster hunter proves once again why she is Captain America’s opposite.
Warning: this article contains preview pages for Death of Doctor Strange: Bloodstone #1!
The monster hunter Elsa Bloodstone’s foul mouth has once again proved why she’s the anti-Captain America in Marvel Comics. Fans know Captain America does not approve of foul language, which Elsa Bloodstone is quite fond of, and in a preview for The Death of Doctor Strange: Bloodstone, Elsa reminds fans why she is Captain America’s opposite. The issue is on sale January 12th in print and digital.
Elsa Bloodstone first appeared in 2001’s Bloodstone, created by Dan Abnett, Andy Lanning and Michael Lopez. She is the son of famous monster hunter Ulysses Bloodstone, and she has a brother named Cullen as well. Trained to hunt monsters from birth, Elsa had a rough and tumble childhood, one that has informed her attitude in the present. Elsa has been a member of several superhero teams, including Nextwave; and has also had a relationship with Deadpool. Elsa’s line of work has also brought her into contact with Doctor Strange. Recently, the Sorcerer Supreme was murdered and as a result, magical threats that would never attack Earth have become emboldened. Now Elsa is about to find herself drawn into it, but first she reminds fans of why she is Captain America’s opposite. The Death of Doctor Strange: Bloodstone #1 is written by Tini Howard, with art by Ig Guara, colors by Dijjo Lima and letters by Joe Caramagna.
Elsa has returned to her ancestral home, which Cullen has booby-trapped. Elsa Bloodstone asks why, and he informs her that since Doctor Strange died, he has had to fortify their house, and he has not left since. Their tranquility is shattered when a monster attacks, and the two must team up to stop it.
During the entire exchange, Elsa’s potty mouth and snarky attitude were on display. Cursing is something Captain America does not approve of, as famously noted in 2015’s Avengers: Age of Ultron, where he reminded his fellow Avengers to be wary of their “language.” Furthermore, Captain America does not have Elsa Bloodstone’s combative attitude. This is not the first time Elsa Bloodstone has shown she’s Captain America’s opposite. During the second volume of Mark Millar and Bryan Hitch’s Ultimates, Captain America was asked to surrender; he refused, pointing to the “A” on his forehead saying, “You think the letter on my head stands for France,” referring to a common stereotype surrounding the French. In light of the atrocities visited upon the French in World War Two as well as Cap’s own experiences fighting in the war, this remark was way out of line, but it fits the jingoistic, post-9/11 attitude Ultimates embodied. Later, in 2007’s Nextwave #9, Elsa flipped the Ultimate Captain America’s crude statement on its ears. While wearing a shirt with the European Union’s logo, she asks a villain if the “letter on my chest stands for America?” Elsa has pointed out how ridiculous Captain America’s remarks about the French were.
Captain America and Elsa Bloodstone are opposites of each other, not just in powers and villains, but also in outlook and attitude, and it is on display for fans to see in a preview for The Death of Doctor Strange: Bloodstone.
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