So that whole Captain America: Reborn image that Marvel was pimping out a few months ago? Look like some of you outsmarted yourselves, because it’s not going to be a callback to Red, White and Black, nor is it a weird homage/return to Heroes Reborn. Instead, it’s the most obvious answer that some folks though too obvious — that Steve Rogers is coming back. The original Cap will stride triumphantly out of Joe Quesada’s metaphorical vagina in July in Captain America: Reborn #1 from Ed Brubaker and Bryan Hitch (and yes, you’re welcome for that terrifying image so early on a Monday morning).
I’m not bitching, actually. We all knew Cap was going to come back, so we should probably be impressed with Marvel’s restraint by waiting 2 1/2 years to do so. And Ed Brubaker has given us some terrific stories of Bucky as Cap in the interim. But… I just can’t excited over this. It was never in any doubt, and even though it’s not quick, it feels quick to me. Frankly, I’ve been far more looking forward to reading about the new Cap-Bucky than I am about any potential Cap-Original stories, just because the former is unknown and interesting. I’m sure Brubaker has an awesome story planned for Cap’s return, so I’m not knocking that. I just think we’d all be more excited if they had managed to hold off another 2 1/2 years.
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