Dear God, I want to burn this book but for the life of me, I can't because it's being done right.
If you haven't noticed the most recent issue of CAPTAIN AMERICA showed us that the 'WINTER SOLDIER' that's killed Red Skull and Jack Malone(Nomad/Bucky II) is none other then Bucky Barnes, Cap's WWII sidekick. "Well how can that be, he's been dead from that explosion all those many years ago, and well, shouldn't he be around 50 years old then?" you might be saying. Hmm, interesting question.
My only guess is that he somehow got off the bomb before it exploded and landed in the water where he froze, much the same way Cap did, but this is only a guess. I know I should be royally pissed off at this, seeing as it comes so close behind the revealition that Jason Todd is back from the grave over in BATMAN but I'm not actually. I'm really looking forward to where this series is going with the whole story.
Other stuff to come and go since last I posted...
Yes indeed, the ending of REBIRTH was very, VERY well worth the wait. Can't wait for that GLCorps series to start up where we get Guy Gardner every month. It's looking like he'll take on a elder corp member roll where the younger kids have to look up to him... could be interesting with his track record.
House Of M. Well, I'm surprised it doesn't suck. Liked the ending with Peter Parker waking up next to Gwen Stacy and his being told it's his turn (to check on the crying baby!) This is starting out better then Disassembled did so far.
A couple news things to come out of Wizard World, the strangest being that with Excalibur being cancelled, Marvel is doing ANOTHER Excalibur series to take it's place. WHAT THE FUCK!!! Nocturne and Juggernaut are gonna be on the Team though, so I'll at least pick up the first 2 issues.
THE EXILES are gonna be jumping into known universes for a while. Marvel's 616 Universe, The Ultimate Universe, and possibly even the 1601 universe, which needs a little lightening up.
Booster Gold is gonna be a big player in the next year or so, this scares me to no end.
The new Eclipso is just about the stupidest thing I've ever seen. And I even LIKED IDENTITY CRISIS.
Evidently, DC's Dan Didio was joking up a storm about not needing a new Flash Writer after Johns leaves the title because there's a new Crisis coming. Damn, why is that so funny to me?
Cerebus: RIP 1977-2004.
"What do you think it's like being created by a manic-depressive, paranoid schizophrenic, hypochondriac, misogynist with delusions of grandeur and a messiah complex?"
Bucky couldn't have frozen the same way as Cap, on account of the fact that Bucky didn't have the Super Soldier serum in him. It was the serum that put Cap in suspended animation instead of him just freezing to death. On the other hand though, we don't even know if it really is Bucky or not. Could be a clone or something. My personal guess is that the Soviets re-animated Bucky's corpse after dragging it out of the ocean. If nothing else, the Winter Soldier's cyborg arm tells us that part of him was caught in that explosion.
I'm inclined to agree that it's probably a wrestling-style SWERVE, but the more I think about it the more I hope it isn't.
In six issues, Brubaker has killed the Red Skull and messed with other integral parts of Cap's history, yet I'm not saddened because of the sheer potential in a new killer bad-ass Bucky / Winter Soldier mentored by a rogue Russian general. This has been just light-years better than the hand-wringing, sorry Cap we've seen for the past few years in Vol. 4: exciting, dramatic, and a real mix of espionage with bad-guy bashing superhero action. Here's hoping Brubaker also gets the reigns to Daredevil once Bendis and Maleev move on.
As a child, perhaps the only character I liked more than Cap was Hal Jordan, and seeing the best Green Lantern back (and felling Batman with one punch!) easily makes this a happy fan boy time for me. If only Geoff Johns didn't have to leave the Flash to take on the Corps.
House of M...eh, the last page really intrigued me, but I've been so uninspired by Bendis lately that it's going to be hard to capture my full enjoyment.
"Remember, it's not a lie if *you* believe it." - George Costanza
The Face of Battle is one of the most riveting (and sobering) works of history I've ever read. NYT obit: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/08/03/books/sir-john-keegan-historian-who-put-a-face-on-war-dies-at-78.html?pagewanted=all