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Showing posts from February, 2014

Heroes Reborn: 2015

This the perfect example of not quite understanding superhero comic book history, but wanting to capitalize on the cultural capital associated with the genre.  Heroes Reborn, while making perfect branding sense, calls attention to a much maligned comics "event" from the 1990s.

Marvel's Captain America: The Winter Soldier

What did you think of the Captain America: The Winter Soldier trailer?   Of course, as superhero scholars we can detect a complex interplay between the different eras of Captain America in this film.  Unlike his first outing, Captain America: The Winter Soldier relies heavily on the contemporary stories from Ed Brubaker and Steve Epting's Captain America.

Lauded by fans and critics, Brubaker and Epting's Captain America run featured the return of Bucky, believed dead for decades, as (spoiler alert) the Winter Soldier.  Considered sacrilegious by some the storyline revived interest in the classic character.  At the same time, Brubaker's story tapped into a long established tradition in the pages of Captain America, deep engagement with political intrigue.  A steadfast patriot, Captain America offers writers a chance to reflect on that era's political climate. The result have been classic stories in the 1970s and 1980s that force the ultimate symbol of nationalism to re…