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Foreshadowing the future by reading another book
Published on Monday, October 25, 2010 by

Okay, so I’m reading Captain America #606 and Baron Zemo is back to make life hell for Bucky Barnes, aka Captain America. That’s all well and good. I can see how Bucky being alive would really irk Zemo since it was his father that was supposed to have killed Bucky in the first place. The greatest blow the Zemo family was ever able to strike and the biggest defeat Captain America ever had.

All well and good. But then I notice that he has a former associate working for him. That associate? The Fixer.


I just read Thunderbolts #144 and the Fixer is reformed and part of the staff at the Raft and a member of the Thunderbolts.

But he’s working for Zemo. I’m reading it right here. But then he’s a good guy and working at the Raft. I’m reading it right here.

I’m confused. Which is he?

In Captain America he says something about being an exile since he’s joined up with Zemo again.

Okay, so that means that Captain America #605 takes place sometime after Thunderbolts #144. I just read #145 and the Fixer is firmly on the side of good it seems. So when does he do his flip? We know he has to at some point, after all he’s working with Zemo in Captain America.

Or is this just a case of two editors not talking to each other? Used to be the day when editors would communicate and would have lists of characters that were untouchable because they were in use in other books.

So is Captain America giving away what’s going to happen in a future Thunderbolts story?

But more importantly what happens if Fixer remains a good guy in Thunderbolts. How does that explain the Captain America story?

I don’t read Spider-Man, but I know during the Grim Hunt storyline that Arana undergoes some power changes as well as a costume change. How do I know this if I don’t read the book? Because she just appeared in Young Allies and had the new costume and the new (lack of) powers.

Is this going to be a new trend? Finding out what happens to certain characters months before it begins? There used to be some kind of coordination between books. I don’t remember this happening at this scale before. I can remember blurbs appearing in issues saying stuff like “see amazing spider-man” and “editor’s note: so and so won’t be here today because they’re in this book”.

I don’t know. It just seems like continuity is getting lax. Is a little consistentancy between books too much to ask for?

Someone should have stood up and said “hey, the Fixer is a good guy and will be for awhile yet”.

It wouldn’t be such a big deal if I didn’t read both books. But I do, as I’m sure alot of others do, so it stands out to me. And now part of the excitement in Thunderbolts is gone. I’m going to be dissecting everything that Fixer does and wondering “is this what makes him go bad again”.

It’s also going to be pretty abrupt. Years have been spent reforming the Fixer. Now he’s going to flip pretty quickly.

Just doesn’t seem right.

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