Fear Itself or Much Ado About Nothing

Bucky Got Killed, but Don't Worry

I wish I was friends with Matt Fraction. Then we could have conversations like this:

BELLS: “Oh man. You killed Bucky!”
FRACTION: “Yeah, I was honored that Ed let me do that. But he agreed, it was the right time. Hell, it was his idea.”
BELLS: “That’s cool. But I guess there weren’t really enough pages to really let the moment hit.”
FRACTION: “Just wait til the series is over. We’re going to have a whole issue for his funeral.”
BELLS: “Oh. That’s alright then. Still sucks to see such an interesting character go away.”
FRACTION: “Can you keep a secret?”
BELLS: “Uh yeah?”
FRACTION: “Don’t worry about it. He not really dead. It’s a fake funeral and he’s going to get his own series.”
BELLS: “Oh … cool. I guess. Bucky underground. I can live with that”
FRACTION: “Yeah. Ed’s gonna kill on that book. Back to the espionage stuff.”
BELLS: “Aw, I love that stuff! But, I have to admit … I’ve been lukewarm on Iron Man lately. I think you’ve been doing great with Pepper, but I find Tony melodramatic. I want to see the gravity of him giving up sobriety, and I’m sure as an alcoholic yourself, it’s a personal story, but … him drunk and shouting at Odin? Too much. And the cursing Ugnaughts? Not my favorite.”
FRACTION: “Sorry, but I hope you stick around. Good stuff coming up. Everything has been building to this. Ever since … The Order maybe.”
BELLS: “Yeah, I’m sure there will be some serious shit to come out the mess in Paris. I mean, DAMN! The whole city is in rubble!”
FRACTION: “Actually, I wanted to get back to Zeke Stane and the Mandarin.”
BELLS: “But Paris is like top 25 worldwide in population. That’s a serious blow. Like, to the world.”
FRACTION: “Don’t worry about it. Tony’s going to guilt Odin into fixing it. Again, keep that on the DL.”
BELLS: “Fixing it?”
FRACTION: “Yeah. He’s a god. He can do anything.”
BELLS: “Well, alright. I admit that I didn’t finish reading the main Fear Itself book, but I heard you killed Thor. You write him monthly. Wow. I must admit I didn’t see that coming.”
FRACTION: “Don’t worry about it. He’s Thor. Ragnarok, Rebirth, Repeat.”
BELLS: “So not dead.”
FRACTION: “Yeah, he’s dead.”
BELLS: “But not for long.”
FRACTION: “Really not for long. We’re already soliciting issues with him in them.”
BELLS: “So … after a long line of events that changed the Marvel U status quo, like House of M, Civil War, Secret Invasion, what’s really changed because of Fear Itself?”
FRACTION: “Well … the Serpent broke Cap’s shield.”
BELLS: “Yeah, I heard about that. Broke it like a stale Dorito. Nice”
FRACTION: “Yeah, but don’t worry …”


I dropped the series after issue four. It seems like I made the right decision. Not my cup of tea.

If you’re wondering about that knack for dialogue, yes, I did major in Theater in college. No big deal.