Bucky Barnes is Now Captain America

Posted on February 19, 2008

Captain America's alter-ego Steve Rogers may have been killed but that isn't stopping Captain America from making a comeback - as we all knew he would.

Steve's buddy Bucky Barnes will now be wearing the Captain America uniform and fighting crime reports the Associated Press. Barnes now has Captain America's bulletproof shield, a gun and a new uniform.

Marvel Comics, which killed off the veteran superhero almost a year ago, brought him back to life Wednesday - sort of.

Captain America's alter-ego, Steve Rogers, is still resting in peace at Arlington National Cemetery, having been done in by assassins last March. But his good buddy and sidekick from the 1940s, Bucky Barnes, has picked up the bulletproof Captain America shield, put on a new uniform and taken his place.

What's that you say? Wouldn't Bucky be about 85 years old now? And without any real super powers to fall back on, isn't that kind of long in the tooth to be taking a bite out of crime?

Well, yeah. But remember, this is the comic book world we're talking about. Bucky was put in suspended animation by the evil Russians and stayed that way for the better part of 60 years.

"So he's probably in his late 20s right now," jokes Marvel Editor in Chief Joe Quesada, who decided to promote him to Captain America.

There have been some criticizing the back-from-the-dead superhero for carrying a gun. ABC News managed to interview Captain America and this is what he said about why he carries a gun.
Actually, Steve Rogers carried plenty of guns in the war. He never enjoyed using a gun, or a flame-thrower, or a grenade, but he had no real aversion to them, either. As for why I carry a gun, it's because I'm not Steve, and I never will be... but I don't think he'd feel it was tainting his legacy

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