Posted Jul 18, 2010 in Cool Shit | 0 Comments

The Comics Pimp – Passing the Shield

When Stan Lee, Jack Kirby, Steve Ditko, and others were creating the Marvel Comics Universe, Captain America (aka Steve Rogers) was already a man out of time, a forgotten relic from a bygone era. Trapped in ice since World War II, a fledgling group of superheroes called the Avengers found and revived him. Eventually, Captain America gained prominence in the Marvel Universe, but he was never as relevant as Spider-Man, the Fantastic Four, or the X-Men.

When Ed Brubaker re-launched the title in 2004, Captain America was far from the best selling comic book, and lacked creative direction. Captain America was due some respect.

Ed Brubaker and artist Steve Epting began by reviving his dead sidekick, Bucky Barnes. Just like his mentor, Bucky had been trapped in ice for decades. The Russian military rescued him, turning him into the Winter Soldier, one of that nation’s greatest assassins. With Captain America’s help, Bucky was able to fight his programming. Unfortunately, soon after the WWII veterans were reunited, Steve Rogers was shot and killed.
Inspired by Rogers, Bucky Barnes now carries the Captain America shield. He is, after all, the only man alive who is as dated as his predecessor, with many of the experiences that defined Captain America, the forgotten soldier.

Rather than ignoring the fact that Captain America (and now Bucky) is a man out of time and fashion, Brubaker embraces the concept that an old guy still has a place in the world. Sure, neither Bucky nor Steve Rogers look like old men, but they are far from the coolest, most modern heroes. In the world that Ed Brubaker has revived, that’s okay. You don’t have to be hip or young to make a valuable contribution.
This ongoing story of death, rebirth, and relevance is one of the finest works of comic book storytelling. You can find free previews and important chapters of this saga on the following links:

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