London: Comic book superhero Captain America has faced his biggest foe yet – suicide.
The 11-page story, ‘Captain America: A Little Help’, published by Marvel Entertainment, has been written by psychologist Tim Ursiny and illustrated by Nick Dragotta, and is dedicated to suicide.
In it, a despondent youth is poised to jump off a building when he spies Captain America facing a bevy of villains on a nearby roof, and he was so engrossed in the fight he forgets to jump.
There is no dialogue, save for the end, which ends with the boy saving both the hero and, in the process, himself.
“Super heroes fight a lot of battles, but there are few more important than combating suicide,” the Telegraph quoted Tom Brevoort, Marvel Entertainment’s senior vice president of publishing, as saying.
“That’s why we’re making ‘Captain America: A Little Help’ available for free via our digital comics outlets.
“If even one person calls this number instead of doing something very tragic, we know that means we succeeded,” he stated.
It has been released for free through the firm’s website and app, and it also features the toll-free hotline for America’s National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.