Captain America: The Winter Soldier concept art
Concept art of the Winter Soldier
With Ed Brubaker’s untimely and unfortunate departure from the Winter Soldier ongoing after issue 14, here’s the cover for issue 15 and the beginning of a new chapter in Bucky’s publication history. Best of luck to Ed on his indie titles and on his future endeavors, and here’s to hoping that he’ll return soon to tell more “Bucky tales.”
Winter Soldier #15 is slated to hit shelves next January and will be written by Jason Latour.
“One of the things I’m seeking to delve into is — what exactly is the line? Where and when does Bucky Barnes end and the Winter Soldier begin? There may not be an answer to that question — and that possibility is a very scary thing he’ll try to face and learn to live with.” -Latour
Loving the Quantum Leap reference!
I’m not really into the majority of the Marvel U. I learn just enough about other characters to get by during major crossover events where tons of characters I don’t care about are everywhere.
But lately I’ve been exploring the Marvel U more and more to go from just X-Men to exploring Journey into Mystery and I’ve been slightly charmed by Bucky since the Captain America movie. I think he looks like a cool character and I know from wikis that he has a pretty kick ass character arc.
Any comic or volume collection suggestions you could throw at me so I can learn more about him? He seems like a character I could really grow to like.
More Bucky you say? I’m sure I can help you there!
- Captain America vol. 5 (#1-50, #600-619)- Ed Brubaker executed one of the best death retcons of all time when he brought back Bucky, and Captain America vol. 5 is where it starts.
- Captain America and Bucky #620-628- when Captain America vol. 6 was started, vol. 5 was renamed to Captain America and Bucky and carried on the old numbering. Over these 9 issues, Bucky’s WWII history and a very quick version of his history as the Winter Soldier was covered. A story involving Fred Davis, the second Bucky, was also included.
- Winter Soldier: Winter Kills- Bucky contemplates his actions as the Winter Soldier and tries to figure out his place in the 21st century. Then he teams up with the Young Avengers and kicks some Hydra butt. ‘Nuff said!
- Captain America: Forever Allies- a miniseries that has Bucky Cap fighting an old foe from back when he was still a part of the Young Allies, and mixes flashbacks of his WWII days with a current story.
- Fear Itself: Captain America #7.1- this wraps up the events of Fear Itself and details how Bucky stopped being Captain America and became the Winter Soldier again. Which leads to…
- Winter Soldier- this current series has Bucky working black ops to help atone for his actions as a brainwashed Soviet assassin. Lots of action, great art, great story. An absolute MUST READ.
SPECIFIC READING: Captain America #11 and Captain America and Bucky #624- these two issues give a pretty good overview about Bucky’s time as the brainwashed Winter Soldier.
I may have missed a few things, but all in all I feel like this is a good list (sorry if it got confusing at times. Things will clear up as you read more and more!). As always, if anyone has any suggestions, feel free to add to the list.