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Who is Marvel Bringing Back From the Dead?

January 13, 2016 | Posted by Steve Gustafson

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Now, on with the show!

Last week we discussed The Best Comic of 2015! Here’s what you all had to say:

armchair theologian: “Jubilee (as Wolverine’s sidekick).”

Mike3: “I actually enjoyed the D-Man era of Cap. He was a down on his luck kind of guy and Cap helped him out. Same as Cap did for Diamondback, Porcupine and Armadillo. Seemed like Cap felt the need to lend a hand to those who were down in that period of writing. Sure he was a stumbler, bumbler, but he was sincere. Kind of a common man hero.”

Earl Chatterton: “Always hated the idea of pretty much any kid sidekicks in comics. Winter Soldier was a great way to turn Bucky into something cool though.”

BoycottWWE: “Lockheed. Maybe I’m missing something, but what in the blue hell does a purple dragon have to do with the X-men, namely Shadowcat?????”

Cootys Rat Semen: “Speedy. That is all.”

Al Lobama: “Woozy Winks was clearly supposed to be comic relief, but I can completely understand how that may not be some people’s type of humor. However, Kyle Baker’s recent run on Plastic Man made him a very interesting and touching character. Well worth the read. In that same vein, Tom Peyer’s Hourman series went a long way towards making Snapper Carr a character I wanted to read about.

I view War Machine more as a partner than a sidekick (was the Falcon Captain America’s sidekick?), but I agree that Rhodey is better as his own hero than as Tony’s tag-along.

My outside the box choice for worst sidekick would be Kid Miracleman. Not annoying per say, but he did an AWFUL lot of bad stuff for someone who was supposed to be a hero!

Does the talking dog in the Sidekick’s Lounge in that one episode of the Tick count? ; )”

Gold Any Ranger: “What about the sidekick they tried to give Spidey: Alpha? He’s appeared only 12 times since his debut in 2012, and I cant remember the last time he actually appeared.”

El Atomico: “I know Jason Todd gets a lot of hate, but I liked him. Remember when he threw that asshole diplomate’s son off a building for raping a girl (who then killed herself)? I thought that was awesome, and a good step away from the “Holy ____, Batman!” Robin that most people immediately thought of.”

Wyatt Beougher: “”D-Man…Oh, D-Man. Let’s talk about him. He was first introduced as a pro wrestler who went hero wearing one of the worst costumes in comics. Over the years he’s been a punchline, used as a leader of the homeless, made fun of for his smell, and finally put down by Sharon Carter. Let’s hope Marvel forgets about him so we can as well.”

D-Man is currently Captain America: Sam Wilson’s sidekick, and he’s one of the more entertaining parts of the book!”

As always, thank you for your comments and keep them coming!

This week we tackle…

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Dead No More!

Marvel released a teaser image that could mean the return of a dead character back into the land of the living.

It’s anyone’s guess on who it could be in reference to, but some of the names being thrown around have included Namor, Uncle Ben, Professor X, and someone one else who is kind of popular…Wolverine.

Yes, we have an alternate universe version of the mutant with Old Man Logan and a cloned female running around using the Wolverine moniker but it’s been a year since we’ve seen the original. In comic book time, that’s an eternity.

Still, this is the reason a comic-book death is not taken seriously; it’s rarely permanent or meaningful. Geoff Johns once said, “Death in superhero comics is cyclical in its nature, and that’s for a lot of reasons, whether they are story reasons, copyright reasons, or fan reasons.”

Let’s say that this is a precursor to Wolverine’s return. Remember when he died? The start of the storyline followed how a virus from the microverse caused Wolverine’s mutant healing factor to burn out and stop working, allowing enemies from his past to finally attempt to kill him. A bounty is placed on his head and Wolverine goes to find who’s behind it. I won’t go into details but he dies and we follow a number of aftermath mini series that chronicle Wolverine’s friends and family as they come to terms with the death of Logan.

According to Marvel executive editor Michael Marts, “For a long time, no matter who Wolverine was battling, he’s been the eternal victor. He almost always comes out on top. Now he finally comes up against an adversary that he cannot win against, he cannot fight. What does that mean for this character who’s been around for hundred years?”

It was overkill and I didn’t read or talk to anyone who felt a sense of loss about his death storyline. It was more about wondering how long it will be before he return to life. No one, for one minute, believed he was gone for good. I flipped through it and it comes off as melodramatic and silly. Two things the writers didn’t intend.

OK, let’s say it’s not Wolverine. Is there anyone out there that we’d want to come back, and yes, I know that was a topic just a couple of months ago. Or wouldn’t it be a cool gimmick to let someone stay dead for once?

Dead no more. Is it Wolverine? Should it be Wolverine? Sound off below!

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That’s all the time I have. Check out our Comic Book Reviews tomorrow and see you next week!