Captain America’s Returning from the Dead

It’s kind of a joke in comics. No one ever stays dead.

Much like the peasant who was turned into a newt in Monty Python and the Holy Grail, dead comic characters get better.

Anyway, Captain America was shot and killed about two years ago, and I was sad. Steve Rogers was one of my favorite characters and I couldn’t imagine his book on without him.

I seriously underestimated Captain America writer Ed Brubaker. I shouldn’t have done that because the guy hadn’t written a bad comic in a long time. He is one of my “go to” authors.

So the book didn’t suck without Rogers; it thrived.

Now, it seems Marvel and Brubaker are bringing the late Mr. Rogers back from the dead in Captain America Reborn.

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Roger’s return was inevitable. He’s a popular character and he has a big budget, live action movie due in theaters on July 11, 2011… so you know he will be alive and fighting the good fight in comics by then.

The first issue of Reborn wasn’t bad, but at this point it looks like they are going the route of time travel to bring Cap back. I’m not a fan of time travel stories. In fact, over the years I have grown to despise all but the best time travel tales.

But I’m not going to doubt Brubaker again. He gets the benefit of the doubt.

Have a happy July 4th and enjoy celebrating the principles that Captain America always represented.

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