EXCLUSIVE: Marvel Kills a Hero, Over & Over Again, in Future Foundation #3

In Future Foundation #2, the team not only came face to face with the Maker (the Ultimate Universe's evil Reed Richards), they also crossed paths with another figure from another reality: Rikki Barnes.

Created by Jeph Loeb and Rob Liefeld in 1996's Captain America #1 (vol. 2), Rikki resided within a pocket universe created by Franklin Richards as part of Marvel Comics' Heroes Reborn publishing initiative. To save the Avengers, Fantastic Four and Doctor Doom from being killed by the monster known as Onslaught, Franklin sent the various characters to an alternate reality known as Counter-Earth. There, the heroes were reborn with updated origins as a means to retcon anachronistic elements within each character's backstory.

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Among those heroes awakened in a new reality was Steve Rogers, who met Bucky Barnes' teenage granddaughter Rebecca "Rikki" Barnes. While she survived longer than the Heroes Reborn universe, Rikki did eventually die -- several times. And here's where next week's issue of Future Foundation comes in.

In the opening pages of the comic, Jeremy Whitley, Will Robson and Paco Diaz recount the deaths readers were already aware of, and more. The creative team reveals that Rikki has been reborn multiple times since then, in the past and future, including stints working alongside Agent Peggy Carter, Danielle Cage and others.

You can learn more about the many lives of Rikki Barnes below, and find out how she fits into the future of the Future Foundation when Whitley, Robson and Diaz's next issue hits stores Wednesday, Oct. 3.

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  • Mary Jane Variant Cover by LEE GARBETT
  • Owen Reece — a.k.a. Molecule Man — once helped reshape the entire multiverse. Now his body is scattered across the cosmos — and the Future Foundation is out to put him back together. But they’re not the only ones. It’s a race across space as the Maker sets his sights on pieces of Reece! And with a prison security system out to murder them all, the Future Foundation is already behind the mark. But the Foundation has a secret weapon. Find out at last who Julie Power set out to rescue from that intergalactic prison — and why the Maker should be very, very afraid.
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