Bucky Barnes has proven himself a hero time and again. Beginning his “super hero” career as Captain America’s sidekick, he later went on to wear the mantle of the Star-Spangled Avenger himself. However, though believed dead for a number of years, Bucky did some things that would tarnish the reputation of Captain America. This February, Bucky breaks off into his own series and faces the evils of his past.
Steve Rogers most trusted partner and a former Captain America, Bucky Barnes, must tackle his greatest challenge yet as Winter Soldier #1 hits store shelves everywhere this February! After going toe to toe with the Nazis and being assumed dead for decades, Bucky Barnes went through hell and back as the Soviet Union rebuilt his war torn body into their own one man army known to all as the Winter Soldier. But what if he wasn’t the only one?
From the blockbuster creative team behind Captain America, Ed Brubaker and Butch Guice send Bucky back into the shadows to take down the remaining ex-Russian sleeper agents and dismantle their diabolical plot. Teamed with the Black Widow, the former Captain America will have his hands full when he finds out that he trained them all AND that Doctor Doom is involved! With the entire Marvel Universe thinking he’s dead, Bucky will have to tackle this threat head on with limited resources. Get in on all the action this February in Winter Soldier #1!
So far, there are two things this title has going for it. The first is that it is written by Ed Brubaker. As the man who introduced readers to the Winter Soldier, Brubaker would be my pick as authority of the character’s history. Did Brubaker have the meat of the story in his head when he brought Bucky back from the dead, or is it improvised as a way to write a new title for Marvel? Who cares? He’s gonna kill it.
The second thing I like is the way they bring Bucky back after the events of Fear Itself. Instead of finding out that Bucky didn’t die but was hibernating in a psychic cocoon under a river or something like that, Steve Rogers, the true Captain America, decides to greatly exaggerate the reports of Bucky’s death, using him for a few wetworks missions that Rogers himself cannot be associated with. Though not entirely original in concept, it’s a nice way to maintain a character that has garnered a successful fan following and writing a decent intro into a new series. Plus, it’s a heck of a stones throw from where the character began and the “Gee willickers, Cap” naivety of the 40s.
WINTER SOLDIER #1 (DEC110588)
Written by ED BRUBAKER
Pencils by BUTCH GUICE
Colors by BETTIE BREITWEISER
Cover by LEE BERMEJO
FOC – 1/9/11, ON SALE – 2/1/11