Thursday, December 29, 2011

A Giant Sized Addition To My Collection

A CGC Certified 9.8 copy of Incredible Hulk #181 with white pages sold for $13,499.99. This Marvel Bronze Age key featured the first full appearance of Wolverine and also featured an appearance of Windego. The book also featured cover art by Herb Trimpe with interior art by Herb Trimpe and Jack Able and story by Len Wein.

According to the the CGC Census there are 4,975 copies that are graded with 49 copies tied in 9.8 as the secong highest graded.The lone 9.9 certified copy sold for $150,000 in auction.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

The Dark Knight Rises Trailer

Sunday, December 18, 2011

New Additions to My Collection

A CGC Certified 7.5 copy of Incredible Hulk #1 with off-white to white pages sold for $14,000. This Marvel Silver Age key featured the first appearance and origin of the Incredible hulk and also the first appearances of Rick Jones and Betty Ross.

This book is on of the most difficult Silver Age keys to find in high grade due to the dark colors used on the cover of the comic. It is typically also one of the most common keys to be found restored with color touch.

According to the the CGC Census there are 787 copies that are graded with a lone 9.4 copy certified as the highest graded.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Friday, November 11, 2011

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Sneak Peek: Justice League: Doom

Conan the Barbarian (2011): Released November 22

You think your childhood was rough? Check out the opening 20 minutes of Conan the Barbarian, a bone-cracking coming-of-age prologue that fully explains the "Barbarian" part of the name. The film gets off to a ripping start, including li'l Conan's lethal dispatching of a crowd of restless natives (it's not every lad that returns from camp with the decapitated heads of his enemies dangling from his shoulders) and a great deal of hoo-hah about the forging of swords. As the character grows into manhood, played by Jason Momoa (Game of Thrones), the cascade of brutality continues: boiling oil, nose trauma, death by metal fingernails--you name it, the movie has it. The "origin story" plot is a workable way into the world of pulp writer Robert E. Howard's hero: Conan seeks vengeance for the death of his father (Ron Perlman) and pursues power-hungry Khalar Zym (Stephen Lang, enjoying the fruits of Avatar), who in turn seeks the final piece of a many-tailed magic mask, which will give him untold power. Rose McGowan is all spooky as Khalar's daughter (she's got the fingernails) and Rachel Nichols is an innocent slated to be sacrificed by the evildoers. Director Marcus Nispel rolls out the tech hardware for this relentless action picture, pumping up every sound with a digital whammy that might make your head feel it has been split in two by Conan's mighty sword (that is, if you didn't already feel that from the chaotic cutting--since the movie was originally released in uninspired 3-D, this visual unpleasantness was enhanced in theaters). The movie's not a complete bust, but it is a fairly punishing experience. As for Momoa, he's got the pectorals, and generally comes across as a likable sort. Of course, Conan isn't supposed to be a likable sort, so his casting will likely trigger an unexpected response in viewers familiar with the 1982 version of the character. --Robert Horton Conan The Barbarian 2011

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Captain America Blu-Ray Featurette

Special Features:

Feature film with commentary by director Joe Johnston, director of photography -Shelly Johnson and editor Jeff Ford

Marvel One-Shot: A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Thor's Hammer

Outfitting a Hero featurette

Howling Commandos featurette

Heightened Technology featurette

The Transformation featurette

Behind the Skull featurette

Captain America Origins featurette

The Assembly Begins featurette

Deleted Scenes with commentary by director Joe Johnston, director of photography -Shelly Johnson and editor Jeff Ford


Digital Copy

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

An Inhumans Movie In Our Midst?

The Inhumans are a fictional race of superhumans, created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby. This race appears in various comic book series published by Marvel Comics and exists in that company's shared universe, known as the Marvel Universe.

The comic book series of this name have usually focused more specifically on the adventures of the Inhuman Royal Family, and many people associate the name "Inhumans" with this particular team of super-powered beings. (However, recent series have looked at the "new generation" of the Inhuman society.)

The Inhumans first appeared in Fantastic Four #45 (December 1965), though members Medusa and Gorgon appeared in earlier issues of that series (#36 and #44, respectively). Their home, the city of Attilan, was first mentioned years earlier, in a "Tuk the Caveboy" story written and drawn by Jack Kirby that appeared in Captain America Comics #1 (March 1941). The city was described as the home of a race that was evolutionarily advanced when human beings were still in the caveman era.

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Now we know that the Dark Knight's freshman year is coming to DVD on October 18th.

So after Producer Bruce Timm's assurances that it'll be faithful to the Miller/Mazzucchelli work that inspired it, after the recent, brief, almost teaser-y trailer, we finally have a release date for the animated version of Batman: Year One.

Besides the digital copy, it doesn't sound like there will be a huge difference between the DVD and Blu-Ray versions of the movie. WB Animation has also released the specs on the disc release of the movie which you can find below:

•Feature film

•Sneak Peek at Justice League: Doom, the next DC Universe Animated Original Movie

•DC Showcase Animated Original Short – “Catwoman”: This all-new entry to the growing canon of DC Universe animated shorts features the first first solo tale centered around Catwoman. The felonious feline’s adventure takes her through the seedy streets of Gotham City. Catwoman is voiced by Eliza Dushku (Dollhouse, Tru Calling).

•Featurette –“Heart of Vengeance: Returning Batman to His Roots”: “The Dark Knight Returns” provided the denouement of Batman's life. Frank Miller's next seminal work would provide his near-mythic origin in “Batman: Year One.” This documentary uncovers the contemporary genius of Miller and the audience that was poised to appreciate the depths of his work.

•Featurette –“Conversations with DC Comics”: The Batman creative team at DC Entertainment discusses the personal influence of “Batman: Year One” on their careers. Batman producer Michael Uslan leads the chat amongst well-known writers, editors and artists of the Batman lore, focusing their dialogue on the darker, realistic interpretation of Batman’s origins by Frank Miller and David Mazzucchelli

•Audio Commentary with Alan Burnett, Sam Liu, Mike Carlin and Andrea Romano

•“Batman: Year One, Chapter 1” Digital Comic Book

•Two bonus episodes from “Batman: The Animated Series,” handpicked by Bruce Timm

•Standard and high definition versions of the feature film

•Digital copy on disc of the feature film compatible with iTunes and Windows

Here's the official synopsis:

Batman: Year One is based on the landmark 1987 DC Comics titles from 12-time Eisner Award winner Frank Miller and illustrator David Mazzucchelli. The film depicts young Bruce Wayne’s return to Gotham City in his first attempts to fight injustice as a costumed vigilante. The playboy billionaire chooses the guise of a giant bat to combat crime, creates an early bond with a young Lieutenant James Gordon (who is already battling corruption from inside the police department), inadvertently plays a role in the birth of Catwoman, and helps to bring down a crooked political system that infests Gotham.

Batman: Year One will be on DVD, Blu-Ray and VOD on October 18th.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Jonah Hex

Jonah Woodson Hex is a Western comic book antihero created by writer John Albano and artist Tony DeZuniga and published by DC Comics. Hex is a surly and cynical bounty hunter whose face is horribly scarred on the right side. Despite his poor reputation and personality, Hex is bound by a personal code of honor to protect and avenge the innocent. The character is portrayed by Josh Brolin in the 2010 film adaptation of the same name. Thomas Jane provided his voice in a DC Animated short film.

The character first appeared in a full-page in-house ad for All-Star Western #10 which was published in various Nov/Dec 1971-dated DC comics, including a few of DC's war comics line, as well as a half-page version of the same house ad in Batman #237. This house ad contains the first published images of Jonah Hex, as well as two dialogue-filled comic strip panels not used in his first "full-story appearance".

His first full-story appearance was published a few weeks later in volume two of All-Star Western #10 (February–March 1972), which was renamed Weird Western Tales with its twelfth issue. Jonah Hex all but dominated the new title right up until issue #38, at which point Scalphunter took over the spotlight while Jonah Hex moved into his own self-titled series in 1977. The series lasted for 92 issues with Michael Fleisher as the main writer and Tony DeZuniga providing much of the art.

Jonah Hex was canceled during Crisis on Infinite Earths (in which Jonah also appeared along with Scalphunter and other western heroes in issue #3, 1985), but in the same year Jonah moved to a new eighteen-issue series titled Hex, also penned by Michael Fleisher. In a bizarre turn of events, Hex found that he had been transported to the 21st century and became somewhat of a post-apocalyptic warrior, reminiscent of Mad Max. The series had mediocre success in the United States but was critically acclaimed and well received in Great Britain, Italy, Spain, and Japan.

Three Jonah Hex miniseries have been published under DC's Vertigo imprint. These series, written by Joe R. Lansdale and drawn by Tim Truman, fit more into the western-horror genre, as Hex interacts with zombies ("Two-Gun Mojo" #1-5, 1993), a Cthulhoid monster ("Riders of the Worm and Such" #1-5, 1995), and spirit people ("Shadows West" #1-3, 1999).

In November 2005, DC began a new monthly Jonah Hex series written by Justin Gray and Jimmy Palmiotti with interior art by varying (and occasionally recurring) artists. In assorted postings on their message board, Grey and Palmiotti have stated their intent to depict various adventures from across the full length of Hex's life and career. The main artistic difference is that the series is published without the external restraints of the Comics Code Authority which allows for harder edged stories without having to keep with the Vertigo imprint's dark fantasy themes. Tony DeZuniga, the original Hex artist, has pencilled two issues of the book (#5 and #9) and may do more in the future. John Higgins drew issue #28 and J. H. Williams III provided the art for Jonah Hex #35, expressing an interest in doing more: "I certainly want to do more issues myself or even a graphic novel if the opportunity and schedule presented itself."

To coincide with the release of the film Gray and Palmiotti wrote an original graphic novel, No Way Back (ISBN 1401225500), that was illustrated by Tony DeZuniga.

Jonah has battled alcoholism, and as an adult faced his mother's turn to prostitution. Though he traveled extensively throughout the American West, he also ended up in South America and China. At one point he quit bounty hunting, married and had a son, and took up farming, though it did not last.

Hex's facial injuries can be traced back to being sold into slavery by his father to some Apache for safe passage. Jonah eventually saved the chief from being killed by a mountain lion and was made an honorary member of the tribe. He was soon betrayed by the envious son of the chief while on a raid. He returned years later to challenge him in a sacred tomahawk battle, but the chief's son sabotaged Jonah's tomahawk. Jonah used his knife in self-defense when the tomahawk broke. The tribe saw this as breaking the rules of the sacred battle and sentenced Jonah to wear the mark of the demon by pressing a searing hot tomahawk to his face. They said his honorary relationship to the chief was the only thing that saved him from death.

Hex was transported to 2050 for the Hex series. The exact date when this occurred has been in debate. Several sources point to 1875, however a running timeline of events in Jonah's life places this closer to 1878. It is unknown how long Jonah stayed in the future or what date he returned.

In 1904, Jonah was shot during a card game. His corpse was stolen, stuffed, mounted, and dressed in a ridiculous singing cowboy costume, then put on display in a traveling circus. The circus owner was eventually murdered and Jonah's body was stolen yet again. It would pass through various hands before finally being acquired by the restaurant Planet Krypton, owned by Booster Gold. (This plot line could be a reference/homage to the real life outlaw Elmer McCurdy, who suffered a similar fate.)

In 2010 Jonah was found by a Black Lantern ring and was revived as a member of the Black Lantern Corps.

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Friday, August 19, 2011

Conan the Barbarian

The history of Conan the Barbarian, from his early days as a pulp fiction anti-hero to his headliner as a Marvel Comics Character to the Conan movies.

Conan from the Marvel Comics of the 1970s

Conan - 1st appearance in print: Weird Tales -a pulp magazine-(December, 1932) 1st Comic Book Appearance, Conan the Barbarian #1 (October 1970), a Marvel Comic book.

The character of Conan began in Depression-era Texas with a writer named Robert E. Howard. Howard wrote adventure and fantasy short stories for the pulp magazine Weird Tales in the early 1930s. Howard, who also created the characters Kull the Conqueror and Solomon Kane, revised an unpublished Kull story, and created a barbarian character from the wilds of a fictional land he called Cimmeria. Howard named this barbarian Conan, whose introduction to the world took place in the December, 1932 issue of the magazine Weird Tales.

Conan was a native of a cold, dark, windswept land of gaunt hills named Cimmeria. Howard described Conan's native land in a poem he wrote in 1932. It is believed that Howard may have based as Conan Cimmeria's description on what he saw of the hill-country above Fredricksburg, Texas in a mist of winter rain

"It was gloomy land that seemed to hold
All winds and clouds and dreams that shun the sun,
With bare boughs rattling in the lonesome winds,
And the dark woodlands brooding over all,
Not even lightened by the rare dim sun
Which made squat shadows out of men; they called it
Cimmeria, land of Darkness and deep Night.
It was so long ago and far away
I have forgotten the very name men called me.
The axe and flint-tipped spear are like a dream,
And hunts and wars are like shadows. I recall
Only the stillness of that sombre land;
The clouds that piled forever on the hills,
The dimness of the everlasting woods.
Cimmeria, land of Darkness and the Night."

In Howard's tales of Conan and his life, the barbarian adventurer left his native Cimmerian hill-country for a life of adventure. In his freebooting career, Conan lived and fought as thief, a mercenary, a pirate, a hero, and, toward the end of his life, an usurper of the crown of the kingdom of Aquilonia.

Conan's debut as a comic book characvter began in 1970 in Marvel Comics. Conan the Barbarian enjoyed a run of 275 regular issues into the early-1990s. While the Marvel Comics version of Conan was popular, it was limited in how it could present Conan as a true, bloodthirsty, studly barbarian who always gets the barely-clothed girl (after saving her from being eaten by some monster). In order to present Conan in all of his true savagery, Marvel (under the imprint of Curtis Magazines) also published a magazine called the Savage Sword of Conan, which began in 1973. As a magazine, this version of Conan did not have to follow the restrictive Comics Code Authority, which governed what could and could not appear in comic books. The Savage Sword of Conan, with its more adult themes and artwork (see below) was very popular with readers, and also a place where many of the top comics artists of that time wanted to work. Dark Horse Comics also publishes a comic version of Conan.

Frank Frazetta covers of Savage Sword of Conan

In 1982, famed director John Milius introduced Conan to the big screen for the first time. Conan the Barbarian featured a new action movie actor with a thick foreign accent named Arnold Schwarzenegger as the big Cimmerian. This first Conan movie was successful, launchdding Arnold's movie career, and leading to a less successful sequel in 1984, Conan the Destroyer. In August, the latest iteration of Conan hits the theaters starring Jason Momoa as Conan and Rachel Nichols as Tamara, his love interest in the movie.

Jason Momoa as Conan

Sources and Links on Conan the Barbarian:

Frank Frazetta website
Rachel Nichols Bio and Images
Conan the Barbarian (2011)--Official site for the 2011 Conan movie

Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Message: To All Who Visit My Site

Hi Everyone,

I love updating this site on a regular basis but I'd really like to hear from you in the comments section below of what you'd like to see here. Let me know below what characters you are most interested in. What movies you love and are hotly anticipating. What comic books I should be putting up etc. Let me know in the comments section. I'd love to hear from you!!


Thursday, August 4, 2011

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

OMAC: One Man Army

OMAC (Buddy Blank, the One-Man Army Corps) is a superhero comic book created in 1974 by Jack Kirby and published by DC Comics. The character was created towards the end of Kirby's contract with the publisher, following the cancellation of Kirby's New Gods, and was reportedly developed strictly due to Kirby needing to fill his contractual quota of 15 pages a week. As envisioned by Kirby, OMAC is essentially Captain America set in the future, an idea Kirby had toyed with some years earlier while on staff at Marvel Comics, but had never realized.

Set in the near future ("The World That's Coming"), OMAC is a corporate nobody named Buddy Blank who is changed via a "computer-hormonal operation done by remote control" by an A.I. satellite called Brother Eye into the super-powered One-Man Army Corps (OMAC).

OMAC works for the Global Peace Agency (GPA), a group of faceless people who police the entire world using pacifistic weapons. The world balance is too dangerous for large armies, so OMAC is used as the main field enforcement agent for the Global Peace Agency. The character initially becomes the Ares-like war machine to save a female coworker at the Pseudo-People factory (manufacturers of androids initially intended as companions, but later developed as assassins). The coworker is revealed to be in actuality a bomb, and Blank is left in the employ of the GPA, sacrificing his identity in their relentless war, with faux parents his only consolation and companions.

The original OMAC series lasted for eight issues (1974-1975), canceled before the last storyline was completed, with Kirby writing an abrupt ending to the series. Later, towards the end of Kamandi (after Kirby had left that title), OMAC was tied into the back-story and shown to be Kamandi's grandfather. An OMAC back-up feature by Jim Starlin was started in issue #59, but the title was cancelled after the first appearance. It would later finally see print in Warlord, and a new back-up series would also appear in that title (#37-39, 42-47). OMAC made appearances as a guest alongside Superman in DC Comics Presents #61.

In 1991 OMAC was featured in a four-issue prestige format limited series by writer/artist John Byrne that tied up loose ends left from previous stories. Byrne would later reuse OMAC in Superman & Batman: Generations 3, an Elseworlds mini-series.

In Countdown to Final Crisis, Buddy Blank is featured as a retired, balding professor with a blond-haired grandson. In #34, Buddy Blank is mentioned but not seen, and is referred to as having direct contact with Brother Eye. He is contacted by Karate Kid and Una in Countdown #31, and appears in #28 and 27. A version of Buddy from Earth-51 appears in #6 and #5 where the Morticoccus virus is released. The virus results in worldwide destruction. Buddy leaves his Project Cadmus laboratory job and assisted by Una, attempts to rescue his daughter and grandson. After spending some time moving through Metropolis, they find Buddy's family, only to be attacked by humanoid rats. Una and his daughter are both devoured, but not before one of them manages to toss the Legion flight ring. Buddy uses it to take his grandson to safety in a scientific facility called 'Command D' in Bl├╝dhaven. In the final issue Countdown to Final Crisis #1, Brother Eye rescues Buddy and his grandson from the bunker and from starvation by turning him into a prototype OMAC with free will. This entity resembles the original Jack Kirby OMAC.

Powers and Abilities:
Through interfacing with the Brother Eye satellite, via an invisible beam to his receiver belt, Buddy Blank is transformed into OMAC and imbued with an array of superhuman abilities. The base of abilities involve density control of Blank's body. An increase in density leads to superhuman strength and enhanced durability, while a decrease in density leads to flight and super-speed. Brother Eye could provide other abilities as well, such as self-repairing functions and energy generation.

Friday, July 29, 2011

Jack "King" Kirby: The Later Years

Captain Victory and the Galactic Rangers

Pacific Comics first titles, it lasted thirteen issues, plus a special, through January, 1984.

In the last issues of the Pacific series, Kirby crafted an origin story for Captain Victory which he tied in to the New Gods comic book that he had written and drawn for DC Comics in the 1970s. It was suggested that Captain Victory was the son of Orion, of the New Gods. Orion was not specifically named, but a number of clues were planted, including equipment said to belong to Captain Victory's father that was identical to the astro-harness ridden by Orion in the earlier series. Additionally, Captain Victory's grandfather, Blackmaas, was illustrated only as a cast shadow, but a shadow that to many readers bore a resemblance to Orion's father, Darkseid.

After the end of Pacific, no more was seen of Captain Victory, until Topps Comics attempted to revive the character as part of planned 5-issue mini-series, which only lasted one issue before Topps cancelled all of the 'Kirbyverse' books in 1994. The title is Victory and the 1st issue is from June 1994. This issue was a part of a more complex project named Secret City Saga.

More recently, TwoMorrows Publishing created a 'graphite edition' reprint of the first Captain Victory issue. The edition, in TwoMorrow's words, "presented [Captain Victory #1] as it was created (before it was broken up for the later Pacific Comics series), reproduced from copies of Jack's uninked pencils!"

In 2000, Jack Kirby’s grandson Jeremy Kirby launched Jack Kirby Comics, the fledgling company’s only offering being a three-issue retelling of Captain Victory, reordered and rescripted by Jeremy. The quality of issues, anyway, is judged fairly inferior of the originals, despite the interesting cover art. The title of the comic book is the same of the original of 1981. The 3rd issue was published exclusively on the web.

In March 2006, it was announced that a new series would be published, based on recently discovered initial, and rejected, character sketches for the Wonder Warriors. Jack Kirby's Galactic Bounty Hunters was co-written by Jack's daughter, Lisa, and is creator-owned by her under Marvel's Icon imprint. Captain Victory and the Galactic Rangers guest starred in issue #3 of the six-issue limited series.

In February 2007, Erik Larsen reported that Image Comics planned to publish a completely recolored one volume collection of Jack Kirby's 14 issues of Captain Victory. In July of the same year, he announced that Image Comics would be publishing an all-new Captain Victory comic book featuring many of Jack Kirby's never-before-seen creations. The hardcover collection was scheduled to be released in November, 2007 (ISBN 1582408149); however, production issues delayed the hardcover, so that better source material could be located.

Red Skull Featurette: Captain America: TFA

Official: Teaser For The Avengers Released!

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Official Dark Knight Rises Teaser Poster Hits!!

New THOR Featurette From Upcoming DVD And Blu-Ray Release!

Paramount Pictures and Marvel Entertainment present the epic adventure, "Thor," which spans the Marvel Universe from present day Earth to the realm of Asgard. At the center of the story is the mighty Thor (Chris Hemsworth), a powerful but arrogant warrior whose reckless actions reignite an ancient war. Thor is cast down to Earth by his father Odin (Anthony Hopkins) and is forced to live among humans. A beautiful, young scientist, Jane Foster (Natalie Portman), has a profound effect on Thor, as she ultimately becomes his first love. It’s while here on Earth that Thor learns what it takes to be a true hero when the most dangerous villain of his world sends the darkest forces of Asgard to invade Earth.

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Thursday, June 23, 2011

New Captain America: TFA Trailer

New Captain America Movie Poster

New trailer out today, 7:30pm EST!! Stay Tuned!

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Captain America: The First Avenger "Behind The Shield"

In 1942, Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) is deemed physically unfit to enlist in the U.S. Army and fight the Nazis in World War II. Volunteering instead for Project: Rebirth, a secret military operation, he is physically transformed into a super-soldier dubbed Captain America. With sidekick Bucky Barnes (Sebastian Stan), he fights the Red Skull (Hugo Weaving), Hitler's treacherous head of advanced weaponry, whose own plan for world domination involves a seemingly magical object known as the Tesseract.

THOR DVD Cover Art And Release Date

Paramount Pictures and Marvel Entertainment present the epic adventure, "Thor," which spans the Marvel Universe from present day Earth to the realm of Asgard. At the center of the story is the mighty Thor (Chris Hemsworth), a powerful but arrogant warrior whose reckless actions reignite an ancient war. Thor is cast down to Earth by his father Odin (Anthony Hopkins) and is forced to live among humans. A beautiful, young scientist, Jane Foster (Natalie Portman), has a profound effect on Thor, as she ultimately becomes his first love. It’s while here on Earth that Thor learns what it takes to be a true hero when the most dangerous villain of his world sends the darkest forces of Asgard to invade Earth.

Friday, June 17, 2011

The Storm.....Is Coming......To Gotham!

The Dark Knight Rises: Teaser Trailer

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Monday, June 13, 2011

New Avengers Poster!!

Avengers Poster Spotted At Licensing International Expo!

Captain America: Reborn

Captain America: Reborn is a six-issue (originally intended to be five issues monthly comic book limited series published by Marvel Comics between July 2009 and January 2010. Written by Ed Brubaker, and illustrated by Bryan Hitch with inking by Butch Guice, the series promises to reveal the "truth" regarding the death of original Captain America Steve Rogers, returning him to life.

The series was announced April 2009, with the title of "Reborn". More information was released on June 15, 2009, two days before the release of Captain America #600 (which serves as the prelude to the limited series). That article revealed the complete title of "Captain America: Reborn", and that Ed Brubaker, Bryan Hitch, and Butch Guice will be involved with the series. A trailer of the new series was placed on the Marvel website.

On the first anniversary of the death of Captain America there is a dispute between people, whether to honor him as a patriot, or hate him for being a traitor. Sharon Carter is also looking for the agent to whom she gave the gun she used to kill Steve Rogers. She tracks him down, and using a device from Nick Fury, she hypnotizes him and makes him tell her where he put the gun.

As "Bucky Cap" reflects on what's happening to the country, Rikki Barnes talks with Eli Bradley (aka Patriot), telling him that she wants to be Bucky's new partner. Patriot says that Bucky is not looking for a new partner right now, but he wants Rikki to meet him, like Steve would have wanted him to. Meanwhile, Crossbones and Sin escape from a H.A.M.M.E.R. holding facility in Colorado, and the Red Skull returns, still trapped in his robot body. In Central Park, Falcon, Natasha, Bucky, Luke Cage, Jessica Drew, and Clint Barton are there without their costumes, but have a teleportation spell ready in case Norman Osborn and his Dark Avengers attempt to capture them. Osborn, Sentry and the new Ms. Marvel manage to find the group while hovering over the park, but Osborn decides not to attack them. Instead, Osborn appears in front of the crowd, and says that the gathering, thought to be illegal, was approved by H.A.M.M.E.R. He declares that they will honor Captain America for who he was, and the crowd shouts his name, which upsets the Avengers present. Sharon Carter then appears to them, saying that there is still a way to save Steve.

At the H.A.M.M.E.R. holding facility in Colorado, Sin is questioned about a second shooter besides Crossbones in the murder of Captain America. They promise her freedom in exchange for the shooter, figuring that since the Red Skull is dead, she does not need to be loyal to him anymore. Sin laughs at this, and tackles the H.A.M.M.E.R agent, whispering something in his ear. She is about to escape when Bullseye captures her. Later, Bullseye and Norman Osborn are talking with the agent Sin attacked, and he says that she whispered "Why are you sure he is dead?". Osborn declares that is a problem, but the question is whether she was talking about her father, or about Captain America.

Sharon, Falcon, Vision, and Hank Pym are meeting together at Hank's lab. While Bucky and Black Widow infiltrate a H.A.M.M.E.R. helicarrier, Sharon explains to everyone how she shot Captain America. However, when they examine the gun, which she recovered in Captain America #600, they discover that it is technology sponsored by none other than Doctor Doom. The gun didn't kill Steve, but as Zola explains to Osborn during a meeting, "froze him within space and time", and while Sharon was captured by Red Skull, she was used as part of a device to bring Steve back, or "unstick" him from time. When she damaged the machine, Steve did become "unstuck," however, no one is sure where. As Bucky and Widow are attacked by Ares and Venom, there are flashbacks to Steve Rogers, who appears on D-Day, his mother's death, and then back in D-Day with Bucky from that time. He questions what is happening to him, but appears to prepare to go along with where he is, and fight the battles of World War II all over again.

Norman Osborn approaches Sin and Crossbones for a mission. Captain America then ends up in the point of time where he is subjected to the Super Soldier serum by Dr. Abraham Erskine. Meanwhile, Bucky and Black Widow have been apprehended by H.A.M.M.E.R. Agents. Norman Osborn then advises Black Widow to seek out Sharon Carter and order her to turn herself in before the current Captain America is also killed.

Captain America is now in the event in his life where the Inuit have found his frozen body and then flashes toward the Kree-Skrull War event where he is able to briefly talk with the Vision, giving him a message that he is to subsequently forget until the right time. Back in the present, Bucky is freed by Ant-Man and then rescued by Falcon who fights Ghost. However, Sharon has turned herself in. Meanwhile, Sin and Crossbones locate the Red Skull and take him to Latveria so that he could be given a living body.

When Red Skull arrives in Latveria with Sin and Crossbones, Arnim Zola has created a machine that will bring Captain America back. Captain America is now in the point in time where he and Rick Jones (under his Bucky alias) are fighting HYDRA. Back in the present, Norman Osborn holds a press conference about Sharon's surrender as it is watched on the airplane where Victoria Hand has Sharon. At the Infinite Avengers Mansion, Mister Fantastic reveals to Henry Pym that the gun used to shoot Captain America used tachyon particles and the unidentified nano-particles in her blood are linked. He also theorizes that Captain America's body is somehow out-of-sync with their reality, which is why Sharon is the key to bringing him back. The Vision interrupts them, Reed's comment having activated a secret message in his deep storage memory banks from Captain America himself. Ronin, Black Widow, and Bucky attack H.A.M.M.E.R. Mobile Data Collector demanding the whereabouts of Sharon. Once Vision shows the message to the two scientists, Mister Fantastic deduces that when Sharon destroyed the Skull's machine, it caused Rogers to be lost in time. Sharon is brought into Latveria and hooked up to the machine that she previously destroyed where she will be hooked up to that machine alongside the Red Skull. In 1945 at the English Channel Islands, Captain America and Bucky attempt to stop the Nazis and Baron Heinrich Zemo from moving the drone plane armed with an explosive. Captain America realizes that this is the same event at which they both get frozen and his sidekick becomes the Winter Soldier. Then suddenly, he is pulled through his entire life before the Red Skull comes on top of him. By then, his physical form is brought back to its proper reality. However, it is not Steve Rogers who is in control, but the Red Skull.

Aboard the A.I.M. transport ship, Sharon tries reaching out to Steve Rogers telling him to not "let him win". Captain America responds by kicking her in the face. When Sharon argues that it is Norman Osborn that is "pulling the strings", Captain America responds by telling her that Norman Osborn has gone to great lengths for him, even striking a political deal with Doctor Doom and that he would be following Osborn's plan...for now. Captain America then informs that they will be meeting with the President to inform him on Captain America's return, right after he takes care of Avengers who have been tailing them in stealth for the last hour. Immediately the Vision phases through the Transports walls but is quickly frozen by Sin using a new weapon developed by Zola and A.I.M. The Avenger's Quinjet is then shot down, crashing in Washington D.C.'s Reflecting Pool. The A.I.M. transport lands and a battle then ensues between the Avengers and the A.I.M. agents. The real Steve Rogers is now stuck in an alternate New York, one run by the Red Skull. After being discovered by Nazi soldiers, Steve escapes down a dark alley where he finds Uncle Sam posters, refashioned in the image of the Red Skull. Steve Rogers punches through the wall, where he catches the Red Skull off guard, and the two fight. Aboard the transport ship, the Red Skull-controlled Captain America becomes disorientated from the mental attack of Steve Rogers. Captain America then informs Zola to release the shock troops: the Super M.O.D.O.K. Squadron (Military Organisms Designed Only for Killing Super Heroes) led by Crossbones. Bucky spots Captain America and Sin emerging from the transport. Sin charges towards Bucky only to be knocked away by Bucky's shield. Upon the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, Captain America and Bucky fight while Steve Rogers and the Red Skull fight in the alternate New York. As they fight, the Red Skull reveals to Steve Rogers that it was, in fact, Sharon who had assassinated him, but Steve Rogers passes it off as a lie. Sin then shoots Bucky in the back from point-blank range before Captain America takes the shield. Bucky draws his gun, with Captain America daring him to shoot. Bucky tries to reach out for Steve to give him a sign, but in his hesitation has his bionic arm cut off at the wrist. Captain America takes Bucky by throat and prepares to strike the killing blow.

During the battle, Henry Pym enters the Red Skull's ship and frees Sharon Carter. Meanwhile, Rogers, determined to stop the Skull at all costs, tackles the representation of the his enemy's consciousness and began to strangle him in hopes of killing his body. Surprised that Rogers would go that far, the Red Skull consciousness evacuates Rogers' body, allowing Rogers to reassert control. The Red Skull returns to his robot body, just as Pym and Carter stop Arnim Zola from hacking into Vision's operating system. To prevent him from escaping the area, Sharon Carter uses Pym's size changing technology to enlarge the Red Skull into a giant. While Rogers leads the Avengers into a coordinated attack on the giant menace and thus holding him in place, Vision accesses the ship's weapons systems to fire on the Red Skull. As the Skull falls against the attack, Rogers is seen by the civilian bystanders for the first time and they cheer his return. Although Rogers is certain that the Red Skull's consciousness was destroyed along with the robot body, Black Widow reminds the team that Norman Osborn and his Avengers will be on the scene momentarily and they leave the area immediately. Back at the H.A.M.M.E.R. Helicarrier, Osborn is briefed on the incident, and begins his plans to deal with his newly strengthened enemies. He also comments on Sin, who was too close to the destruction of Red Skull, and caught in the explosion. She is alive, but her face was burned in the explosion, leaving her with a Red Skull just like her father. In Brooklyn, Rogers broods about the apocalyptic visions of the future he experienced and wonders how to avert it. As he ponders, Sharon arrives to take him to the party in his honor downstairs, but Rogers asks for one peaceful moment with her first.

The Captain America: Reborn series concludes with the one shot, Captain America: Who Will Wield the Shield?. In Captain America's hideout, in Brooklyn, Bucky brainstorms ideas for a new costume. After Natasha Romanova poses the question why there couldn't be two Captain Americas, Bucky states "there's only one Cap...and it's Steve Rogers". Meanwhile, in another room, Sharon Carter expresses concerns about Steve not being able to sleep for the past four days. Steve explains that, after the recent ordeal, he fears sleeping because he does not want to "skip away again". After not being able to devise a new costume, Natasha (now in her Black Widow costume) convinces Bucky to don the flag and shield and "go out for one last hurrah". Steve leaves Sharon asleep as he too dons the flag and goes to the rooftop for some time to think. Steve sights Bucky and Natasha leaving the loft on a motorcycle and follows them.

As Steve watches on from the rooftop, Bucky and Natasha confront Mister Hyde and other prisoners who had escaped from the Raft prison in the morning. As Hyde is about to escape, Bucky spots Steve and throws the shield to him. Steve leaps from the building, grabs the shield, and dives into Hyde. Steve offers the shield back to Bucky who declines. The two then take a stroll along the East River, where they discuss who will continue on as Captain America. Steve expresses that he wants Bucky to continue on as Captain America, even though Bucky explains he does not want it. Steve holds out the shield and asks Bucky to "do it for [him]". Back in the loft Steve explains to Sharon that he couldn't tell Bucky the real reasons for letting him carry on as Captain America. After reliving not only the past but the future as well, Steve feared Bucky would die if he did not continue on as Captain America, even if Steve had to sacrifice the future that he wanted. Steve then visits the White House where he meets the President (although the president's name is not addressed and his face is never shown, the papers are signed 'Barack Obama' with his right hand; Obama in reality is left handed) where he is granted a presidential pardon for the events of the Superhuman Registration Act. He then explains to the president that he is not ready to carry the shield, to which the president accepts but states that he has a feeling shortly "this country's going to need to call on you for something much bigger...".

Invaders Now!

In September 2010, Marvel launched Invaders Now, a miniseries starring Steve Rogers: Super Soldier, Captain America (Bucky), the original Human Torch, Toro, Namor the Sub-Mariner, and Spitfire. The Invaders are all reunited by Aarkus, the original Vision (along with the current Union Jack) to face a resurfaced threat from World War II. This threat manifests as a disease that mutates those infected, causing horrible deformation, granting superhuman strength, and driving the victim insane with pain and rage; those infected are driven to attack and thereby infect others. In World War II this pathogen was created by Arnim Zola, as his last project before suffering the wounds which necessitated his consciousness being transferred into a robotic form. To contain the plague the Invaders had to kill the entire population of a village in Germany, including some who had been infected but had not yet transformed. Now, the infection has returned in the modern era.