Today, Marvel comics announced the return of one of their most iconic characters (one of comicdoms most iconic…), Steve Rogers.
This coincided with the release of Captain America #600. The weeks leading up to this have been full of speculation as to what the earth-shattering reveal is that will lead up to the Captain America: Reborn series. Marvel’s press release can be found here.
Predictably, the ever-fickle comic public has taken to the internet to complain endlessly about this. It appears that many fans are assuming that this marks the end of Bucky as Captain America which I am seriously doubting. Personally, I think that it’s silly to whine about anything Ed Brubaker does during his run because I’m sure that Steve’s reintegration into the Marvel Universe will be as exciting and suspenseful as the Winter Solider’s redemption and development as a true Captain America. Unless Brubaker’s hands were forced by editorial decisions by Marvel, I am certain that this will be another great chapter in what may go down as the most acclaimed run on the character, ever.
What are your thoughts on this announcement?
I’ve been getting pretty excited for the big anniversary issue (#600) and have been trying to figure out what this huge reveal/development/twist is going to be that Marvel has been so vocal about the last few weeks.
At this point we’ve pretty much all seen the ads for ‘REBORN’ in the last few weeks’ comics, but it seriously raises some interesting questions that may develop in #600:
Who or what is being reborn?
The obvious answer would be the return of Steve Rogers but Brubaker has been building up Bucky for a long time now and the character (as Cap) has only just recently been integrated into the Marvel Universe proper, it would seem illogical to bring Steve back right now. But with the movie in the works, Steve will have to be back by 2010 making it very possible he will return soon.