Captain America and Batman: The Constant Battle of One Upping

So I started to notice there has been a trend as of late between Captain America and Batman and while I'm sure many people have/are discussing this right now I just thought I'd blog about it.   

With the return of Bruce Wayne complete we are now privy to his new plan. A global peacekeeping task force with him as its leader. By that same token Steve Rogers is also back from beyond the grave and is now the head of his own global peacekeeping task force. Both characters have often been compared throughout their respective histories and indeed Marvel vs. DC even considered them the perfect counterparts. So let's wind back the clock and start doing some comparisons by breaking down the main events in their respective lives. 
 
Part 1: The Return of the Long Dead Sidekick 
 Both Captain America and Batman were famous for being accompanied by their respective young boys in their fight against evil. Bucky Barnes and Robin respectively.
While Jason Todd didn't have the privilege of being the first of Batman's Boy Wonder  (wow that sound's soooo wrong for some reason 0_0;;) he is similar to Captain America's sidekick in that they were both the victim of one of their mentor's greatest foes. 
 
Jason Todd had the pleasure of getting the whilly-nilly smacked out of him a la crowbar courtesy of the Joker. Batman despite his best efforts, failed to rescue his sidekick and arrived only to see the warehouse Jason was held captive in go up in a blaze of glory. Traumatized by the his failure to save his sidekick Batman would remain haunted by his death for quite some time. 
 
Rewind back to the end of World War 2. Captain America and Bucky stop the nefarious Baron Zemo's evil plot but not before he launches a remote controlled rocket. Bucky being the brilliant lad he is jumps on the friggin missile thinking he can defuse it with Captain America tagging along. Unfortunately the poor boy realizes he's a wee bit out of his element and the bomb goes off. Captain America has the fortune of falling into the Arctic Ocean and remaining in suspended animation until present time. 
 
Fast forward to a few years back. We have the Red Hood and the Winter Soldier. Now I'm personally not a fan of how gloriously stupid Jason Todd managed to cheat death (a reality altering punch) and Bucky survived after being picked up by a Russian submarine despite not dying from missing his frikkin arm (if Captain America's suspended animation schtick is any indication, glacial waters has super preservative properties >_>).  
 
So far Batman and Captain America both lot their sidekicks and now they got them back. I could chalk that up to a normal coincidence but here is where it gets a bit surreal.  
 
 The Deaths 
 A few years ago Batman and Captain America both happened to have the very terrible misfortune of getting themselves "killed."  
 
Captain America 
Cap wasn't exactly everyone's favorite boy scout after the giant hellstorm called Civil War ended. Basically as he was getting led to Capital Hill to be tried for basically defending what he believed was a superhero's right to privacy he ended up getting pumped full of lead (Gotta find the irony of a guy who's known for carrying a shield getting shot in the chest). So the nation mourned the great loss of one of its greatest heros (after they were about to more or less legally crucify him). 
 
Batman 
After getting captured by Darkseid Batman played mexican standoff with the dark god. basically he fired a god-killing bullet and killed Darkseid while Darkseid zapped the beejeezus out of him with his Omega beams. The superhero community mourned the loss of one of its greatest heroes (plus got to see a wicked awesome picture of Superman carrying the burnt corpse of a Batman).  
 
Sidekick takes up the Job  
Captain America 
With Steve dead it ultimately fell on Bucky Barnes to wield the shield. The sidekick takes over the role of his mentor and goes off to fight the good fight. 
Batman 
With Batman dead it ultimately fell on Dick Grayson to wear the cowl.  The sidekick takes over the role of his mentor and goes off to fight the good fight.  
 
...yeaaaaaa I know. But let's not stop there.
    
 Return 
Ok I know no one stays dead in the comic book universe but here's how stupid this sometimes get... 
Captain America 
Apparently the bullet that shot him was designed to disperse his consciousness throughout time. This was all part of the Red Skull's scheme to...k I'm not really sure why he thought doing this was more brilliant than just shooting the guy but that's the comic book world for ya. Anyways with the aid of his friends Captain America slowly made his way back to the present much to the joy of the superhero community. 
Batman 
Darkseid's omega beams didn't kill Batman rather spread his consciousness throughout time. Darkseid's evil plan was to bring Bruce back to the present which would apparently cause some serious crap to go off. Anyways with the aid of his friends Batman foiled Darkseid's plan and made his way back to the present much to the joy of the superhero community. 
 
Seriously I was not a fan of the way they brought these two back. Think of it like this. I'm a comic book fan but I also have a girlfriend, and I go out with non-comic book friends to clubs and parties and what not. So when I try to explain how Batman came back from the dead and come off sounding like a some little kid playing with his action figures, let's just say I'm not exactly the coolest person in the room. but I digress. 
 
Now with both Steve Rogers and Bruce Wayne back from their respective time traveling adventures instead of returning to what they both normally do. They become the heads of global peace keeping taskforces. Batman being cooler because let's face it. His idea is to make an ARMY of Batmen. Criminals of the night are just gonna be superstitious and cowardly...they're going to shit their pants. 
 
But seriously, i'm all for some similarities. I think it's fun to read and does wonders for those "____ vs. ____" for fanboys to verbally catfight over but seriously. I think this game of Marvel and DC trying to one up each other is a bit much. So here's my bet. I challenge Marvel to make Steve Rogers open a chain of fast food restaurants and see if DC follows suit with Bruce Wayne. DC the same goes for your guy.  
 
Peace!
 
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13 Comments
13 Comments
Posted by SystemID

Bravo. You've discovered the truth.
 
Now you must die.

Edited by PumpkinBomb
@kelvin_oh89:  
Red Skull didn't want him dead because he couldn't have taken possession of a corpse. He had to send Steve's consciousness elsewhere without killing him.
Posted by entropy_aegis
@kelvin_oh89:
LOL .
Posted by Dr. Maxwell

Batman's entire body was sent through time, and unlike Steve he was interacting with history, not just reliving it, heck he even altered it, much more interesting in my book

Posted by karrob
@SystemID said:
" Bravo. You've discovered the truth.  Now you must die. "
Lmao
Posted by batman_is_god
@Dr. Maxwell said:
"Batman's entire body was sent through time, and unlike Steve he was interacting with history, not just reliving it, heck he even altered it, much more interesting in my book "

True. However, everything else in this article was true too. Dead sidekicks return, both as villains. They both die, they both get replaced, they both come back after some time stuff. Then they both go international.
 
I just hate heroes getting replaced. It does not help that it's happened to 4759467893427959 heroes in the past 5 years. Writers need to tell good stories, not plot twists. 
 
Back on topic, all the stuff mentioned here except for the sidekics returning has been written by Morrison/Brubaker. I think the two should have a sit down.
Posted by entropy_aegis
@batman_is_god:
Thats because both morrison and brubaker are elite writers,unlike some people(jeph cough cough loeb)
Posted by SystemID
@batman_is_god said:
"  I think the two should have a sit down. "
...or have they already???
 
The plot thickens.  o_O
Posted by batman_is_god
@SystemID: 
 Hmm... a dastardly deed may be afoot indeed! 
 

@entropy_aegis:
If two writers write extremely similiar stories, that is not testimony for them being elite. It is testimony for them being generic. Not that I am saying they are generic, but it IS odd that the two stories have so many parallels.
Posted by Theodore
@kelvin_oh89: "
Now I'm personally not a fan of how gloriously stupid Jason Todd managed to cheat death (a reality altering punch)"
 
I believe Winnick retconned it that he was brought back by the Lazarus Pits thanks to Talia
Posted by entropy_aegis
@batman_is_god:
Well whatever you say but morrison and brubaker along with johns are the best writers at this time ,way better than loeb and frank miller and all their overrated crap.
Posted by SystemID
@entropy_aegis
@batman_is_god:
Well whatever you say but morrison and brubaker along with johns are the best writers at this time ,way better than loeb and frank miller and all their overrated crap.
I agree. ...although I like some of Loeb's stuff.

Another writer that gets lots of flak that I enjoy... Matt Fraction. He is hit or miss with me.
Posted by kelvin_oh89
@SystemID: ya i like loeb too....spider-man blue ^_^