Last week on my unofficial “dead and back again” column for Tuesdays, I wrote about the return of Bucky Barnes and the more troubling aspects of the character. He was, at first blush, a kid taken into a war zone. Writer Ed Brubaker really worked on that to make the character more acceptable (he was 16, but on the older side, and very well-trained, so not an ideal situation but also not a small child).
That doesn’t even scratch the surface of what was wrong with the Kid Guerrillas of Unit 3.
Continue reading Slightly Misplaced Comics Hero Case Files #19: The Kid Guerrillas Of Unit 3
Bringing dead characters back to life in comic books is a given. Readers generally don’t even really believe it when major heroes die anymore. We expect them to come back.
I mean, technically, they’re just drawings on pages, so they can be revived rather easily. You just need a good reason.
How, then, did Marvel pull off resurrecting a character that had been dead for decades in a way that actually worked?
Continue reading Doing It Right: The Resurrection Of Bucky Barnes