Monday, May 11, 2009

Captain America #600 Teaser - Reborn = Heroes Reborn?

The above image was sent out by Marvel today as a teaser for Captain America #600. While the image is not new (Rafael Albuquerque posted it on his blog a month ago), it is interesting that Marvel has decided to use it as one of the first teasers for the upcoming 600th issue. For those wondering who this is or why they should care, hit the jump for the full details.


To get right to the point, the character featured in the teaser is Rikki Barnes, the female version of Bucky Barnes that originated in the 1996-97 Heroes Reborn event from Marvel. Considering we have a mysterious title simply known as Reborn scheduled to start in July, one month after Captain America #600, I think it's safe to say that Steve Rogers is not coming back and we will be revisiting either the Heroes Reborn universe or Marvel is finally getting back to dealing with Counter-Earth/Planet Doom.

What is Counter-Earth?

For those wondering, Counter-Earth is basically the Heroes Reborn Earth, minus all the heroes, pulled into our universe and orbiting on the opposite side of the Sun from our Earth. To my knowledge, it was last used in Thunderbolts, where the team had become saviours of the planet and were basically fixing all the planet's problems for them. They ended up leaving Jolt behind on the planet, who went on to join the Young Allies, who are led by the same Bucky in the teaser image above. Counter-Earth was also in the Hyperion arc of New Exiles, but I'm not sure if that's considered in continuity or not.


Your Thoughts?

Rafael Albuquerque mentions that is just a sketch he did of one of the characters in the story and that he is only a guest artist, implying that it may just be a random side story, but with Marvel promoting it, maybe she will be rejoining the Marvel Universe proper as the new Bucky to Bucky's new Captain America. Perhaps the whole time platform/Red Skull subplot was actually tapping into the Heroes Reborn universe or Counter-Earth and that's what sparks the whole Reborn mystery event. I've pretty much spelled out my theories on the teaser, Cap and Reborn, but what I want to know is - what do you guys think?



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19 comments:

Mr. Lister said...

So...this is what I say. If Steve Rogers is dead for good, keep it that way. I get SOOOO tired of stories I follow getting negated and scratched through, i.e. J. Michael Straczynski's awesome run on Spider-Man being wiped out in favor of Pete making a deal with the devil, choosing Aunt May's life over his relationship with MJ. LAME & totally NOT Petey's character.I dig Bucky Barnes as the new Captain America. Keep rolling with it!!

Gservo said...

As long as its not rogers, im good

Andrenn said...

I'd rather not make us suffer more Heroes Reborn stuff.

Anonymous said...

Mr. Lister if you enjoyed those stories when you read them, how are they negated by any future changes or retcons. Those stories are still there. It's an entertainment industry, if you were entertained then the stories did their jobs.

ShadowWing Tronix said...

There were some good concepts in HR. They were just ruined by the people behind them.

Klep said...

I'd be happy to see Rikki back. I remember liking her. But really this has me excited because it makes it less likely Steve is coming back. I like Steve, don't get me wrong, but it's way too early for them to entertain resurrecting him. I don't know if bringing Steve back would ever be a good thing to do, but right now it is definitely wrong.

wirehead4ever said...

I didn't read it but the Loeb/Liefeld "Onslaught Reborn" miniseries she was somehow transferred to the main Marvel universe.

Klep said...

Loeb AND Liefeld? Oh God, that sounds like quite the train wreck.

Steven said...

Don't think that this makes it any less likely that Reborn is about Steve Rogers.

C'mon, seriously... Brubaker and Hitch on a high profile book that they won't say anything about. Do you really think there is a chance it is about the Heroes Reborn universe or Planet Doom?

Two reasonable possibilities: Steve Rogers or Jean Grey.

I'm actually kind of leaning towards Jean Grey myself. After all Brubaker is the guy who got to create the 3rd Summers brother. People forget about his X-Men run so quickly.

Matt Ampersand said...

I can't believe Alburquque managed to make her uniform look actually cool.

Nick Marino said...

yeah, on the last page of Onslaught Reborn, we see Rikki on our Earth. i'm actually surprised it took this long to follow up on that plot thread. i think she'll be the new 616 Bucky.

Keith Gammage said...

So they can just ignore counter-earth and still use her

Anonymous said...

The black widows becoming Captain (Bucky Barnes) Americas Bucky.

Quantum said...

@anonymous

Widow is his Sharon Carter, big difference. Here is an actual character that goes by the alias Bucky.

Anonymous said...

@ Widow is his Sharon Carter, big difference. Here is an actual character that goes by the alias Bucky.

U'll c 4 urself soon enough...widow's not gona be widow anymore.

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