As some of you may or may have not noticed, I've been absent from this forum and in general comics for a while. Life has it's ups and downs. Anyway, I finally begin coming back to comics to find three alarming and disheartening pieces of news 1) DC Comics has either bravely reinvigorated it's universe or stupidly destroyed it... 2) Marvel Comics is possibly killing the character that got me into comics in the first place (Ultimate Spidey)... And 3) Marvel and Matt Fraction killed off the coolest character they had and possibly the best and most well-received successor to take a mantle previously held by another well-loved character ever in comics. Bucky's entire story of resurgence, his path to the shield, and subsequently deserving it... Was amazing. Bucky became to Brubaker what Wolverine was to Claremont, what Daredevil was to Bendis. So to see him die in a merely okay event at the pen of Matt Fraction... Is a blow to the chest. At the very least. Brubaker should have wrote his death and he should have died in the pages of CAPTAIN AMERICA like his story started. He still had so much story-telling potential, and would have been interesting to read just as the Winter Soldier.
But there is also a fair point that at least now his character cannot be destroyed to the point of the Runaways and he went out on a popular peak.
So Bucky's death - Stupid or smart move on Marvel's part?