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
He was a mystery man, a soldier and assassin who made Axis agents tremble during World War II. He also had no name. That was deliberate.
He was…the Unknown Soldier!
Continue reading Slightly Misplaced Comics Heroes Case Files #2: The Unknown Soldier