You know what they say: the only characters in comic books who remain dead are Bucky, Uncle Ben and Jason Todd. And Bucky is, last time I checked, alive and breathing. Hm. So with that in mind, and Cap: Reborn #2 arriving on shelves soon, I began thinking: of all the major superheroes “presumed dead,” who is most likely to come back first?
Batman (Bruce Wayne)
Last time we saw Bruce, he was making a very nice bat carving on a stone wall, thanks to Darkseid’s Omega Sanction. But Blackest Night is hinting at some sort of resurrection, and DC instigated a surprisingly small media splash in the first place. So hopefully Bruce will be back soon– though I would like to see him wave a club around, invent the wheel and fly on a pterodactyl first. Additionally, there’s Dick Grayson, who has finally stepped out of the pixie boots and into the big cape and cowl–would Bruce’s return demote the new Batman?
Shadowcat (Kitty Pryde)
First, let’s revisit the irony here: at the beginning of Astonishing X-Men, Joss Whedon brings Colossus back into the fold, finally allowing him and Kitty to be a couple. But then, Whedon destroys all my fangirl dreams as Kitty sacrifices herself, merging with a huge bullet that’s passing through Earth. Now, drifting in space, it’s widely believed that debris impact or starvation has likely finished her off. Right now, the Marvel Universe is resurrecting Cap, so everyone’s got their eyes and ears on him. But, pipes up my fangirl voice, could Cap’s new ability of shifting through time allow him to save Kitty? Or should I start writing this fanfiction that probably won’t happen?
The Black Lanterns
In DC’s ongoing story arc Blackest Night, several deceased and murdered heroes are being resurrected as Black Lanterns, whose Corps is like the opposite of the Green Lanterns. (How black is the opposite of green, I have no idea. Who says a certain color is evil anyway?) Among the undead include the Martian Manhunter, Hal Jordan, Elongated Man, Hawkman and Hawkgirl; upcoming recruits include Earth-Two Superman, and Aquaman (Wikipedia!). Most of the time heroes are resurrected individually, but now DC can bring back all of its deceased heroes in one galactic swoop, probably giving Marvel’s The Watcher a gruesome bellyache. (If there’s one in the DCU. Probably.) Will they take that opportunity, or are they holding the proverbial carrot in front of our noses?
Phoenix (Jean Grey)
Jean is the X-Men’s ultimate trump card. As one of the founding X-Men and Scott Summers’ true love (that’s right, Emma Frost, TRUE love), she’s been resurrected and then killed off multiple times. A San Diego Comic-Con panel revealed that Jean Grey will return, but this storyline may not be “rushed” into so quickly. But hey, it would certainly fuel some tension between Scott and Emma– and if those two do remain true to each other, I can certainly see some Jean/Wolverine action headed our way. Soap opera lovers, eat your heart out.
With everything going on in Blackest Night, my vote’s on Bruce, even though I’m secretly wishing for a connection between Cap and Kitty.
But more importantly, who do you think we’ll see back first? Am I totally off the mark or missing a superhero on the list (any Jason Todd fans out there)? Vote on the poll and comment to support your answer!