Eli Katz wrote:No -- the stabbing is bad no matter where it appears. But what cheapens it more so is that Bru uses it to give us a thrilling cliffhanger.
If endangering the baby is central to the plot, he could have found a less sadistic and sensational way to pull that off. For instance, Sharon has been on heavy drugs during the pregnancy; that could easily lead to complications, even miscarriage.
It would have the same effect on the plot, without indulging in over-the-top stabbings that are, ultimately, inappropriate for a traditional superhero book.
Violence for cheap thrills cheapens otherwise good stories. I think that's the case this time, unfortunately.
First off, I'd hardly call Bru's Cap a traditional superhero book. Secondly, all the drugs wouldn't have the same effect on the plot as the Skull's daughter stabbing Sharon, and it certainly wouldn't have been as shocking which was clearly the intent. Just because something is visceral and sudden does not render it cheap, and quite frankly it sounds like exactly
the kind of thing a sadistic character like Sin would do. Like Bucky's role in WW2 it makes sense for the story and like Steve's death I have no doubt it'll make for interesting stories.
To place it in the middle of the book would rob it of lots of gravity, and that would cheapen the act. Putting it at the end has left it as the defining moment of the issue, like it should be.