What are you doing, Bucky boy?
I’m amazed how he’s sometimes hitting with unlikely things.
All-New Invaders #9 preview
- DEATH BY DEATHLOK! THE LAST LUTHER MANNING STORY!
- WINTER SOLDIER, NAMOR and the ORIGINAL HUMAN TORCH’S initial mission to rescue Jim Hammond’s old partner and fellow Invader TORO has changed in light of a new threat that Toro’s kidnapper has at his disposal…
- …Every DEATHLOK in the Marvel Universe!
- How will the Torch overcome his enemy’s ability to control artificial intelligence?
- PLUS How will Cap react to Namor in the aftermath of ORIGINAL SIN?
Bucky Barnes: The Winter Soldier
Andrea Sorrentino’s variant cover
Bucky Barnes: The Winter Soldier #2
ALES KOT (W) • MARCO RUDY (A/C)
- “ACROSS THE UNIVERSE”
- Winter Soldier traces the bullet that wounded him back to Asgard!
- The mirroring halls underneath the kingdom hide a secret. Bucky Barnes has the key.
- But the Frozen Wolves of Niffleheim are ready to tear their prey apart…
Bucky Barnes: The Winter Soldier
Skottie Young’s variant cover
- Bucky Barnes has been a sidekick, a secret agent, a sentinel of liberty, and a soldier – but now, he’s a space hero.
- Earlier this month Marvel announced Bucky Barnes: The Winter Soldier by Ales Kot and Marco Rudy, which will see the one-time kid commando head out into space but taking his signature spy/thriller vibe with him. Set to launch this October as part of Marvel’s “Avengers NOW!” initiative, Bucky Barnes: The Winter Soldier will spin out of the finale of Original Sin and see Barnes take on a new, more cosmic role in the Marvel Universe. In an interview with AV Club, series editor Wil Moss said the character would be “operating on an intergalactic scale” traversing outer space and other dimensions. No pressure, right?
- Newsarama: Ales, what do you have in store for readers with Bucky Barnes: The Winter Soldier?
- Ales Kot: Bucky Barnes: The Winter Soldier is my third way of exploring themes similar to those of Zero and Secret Avengers. This series dives into spy thriller fiction, at least on the surface, and explores war, violence, the cycles that come with them, as well as nature and nurture and how they affect us. (…)
- I stepped back and asked myself if there was a new angle to this. Then the realization came: something that starts in a similar mode but goes someplace completely different. Our story is essentially about a protagonist who is very affected by the cycles of war and violence, has been mind-wiped repeatedly, got turned into a killer, and didn’t have his own agency for a while. Eventually he got out of that because he has incredible survival instincts, but just because you’re a survivor doesn’t mean you’re necessary a living, functioning human being. So with Bucky Barnes: The Winter Soldier, I settled on exploring the notion of what happens after you survive something like Bucky has. How do you explore what’s after, especially in something as deep and vast and mind-expanding as the Marvel Universe?
- Nrama: How do you view Bucky Barnes, Ales?
- Kot: Bucky is someone who’s essentially been viewed as a sort of tool, as someone who is almost a blunt instrument; you point him in a direction and he does a job. He served in the U.S. military as a teenager, he worked for the Russians and didn’t have his own mind, and he eventually came out the other side and into Captain America stuff and eventually got out of that. Then he went through even more traumatic stuff. Bucky’s already dealt with some of his past; the last arc of the previous Winter Soldier series by Jason Latour and Nic Klein is very interesting and layered. It also set gave Bucky a chance to create a new mindset.
- I can’t wallow in the same things over and over again and expect different results each time. So Bucky’s faced his past, and ended up in a place where he makes a jump into the future and sees what happens next. At the beginning of this new series, he’s taken on a massive new responsibility I can’t really elaborate on due to the spoiler-y nature of it; what I can say is that Bucky’s new job puts him on many different planets and in many different locales in the first issue alone.
- When you have so many different conflicting agendas over the years, you get into a mess.The series is perhaps about getting out of that mess, or maybe even better, staying within it and figuring out what’s next — and not necessary knowing what’s waiting for next but making that next step anyway. Bucky steps out into almost the void, and what awaits him on the other side is, in a sense of how the comic will feel, cosmic awe.
- My core interest lies in making a series I would want to read; to make something that would blow my mind on every page, not just when I was 11 but also today. That goes hand-in-hand in working closely with Marco Rudy, and then with Marvel to find the most interesting, mind-bending places in the Marvel U and send Bucky there and see how it changes him. The first issue is named “The Transmigration of Bucky Barnes,” a nod to Philip K. Dick’s Transmigration of Timothy Archer. (…)
- Nrama: Speaking of this not being a solo project, Bucky Barnes has few friends, and even those he seems to keep at arm’s length. In the AV Club announcement interview, Marco mentioned the Secret Warriors alum of Daisy Johnson would be a part of this. What’s her role, and are there any others coming in?
- Kot: Daisy works with Bucky, but I can’t really say anything past that. They’ll be working together closely. I want the gender balance to be present here.
- There’s a planet we’ll be introducing called Mer’z’Bow that’ll be a large part of the series. On that planet we’ll meet one character I’m especially excited for: a princess who doesn’t want to be a princess. (…)
- Nrama: For the most part, in previous stories Bucky has inherited the adversaries of his former partner Captain America. What will Bucky be up against here?
- Kot: (…) In the first four to five issues there will be a larger problem that’s emerging, but I can say the biggest adversary for Bucky in this series is essentially Bucky himself. His past and his dealing with people from that past, all the killing he’s done, all of that must leave marks; it’s a kind of ‘Ghosts of Christmas Past’ for Bucky. Crossbones will also make an appearance, and we’ll see a rather large, greedy conspiracy in the midst of it all. In the second issue we’re going to Asgard, so that gives us a chance to have a lot of fun with any elements of Norse mythology that I feel like dragging up and throwing at Marco. There’s no limit but our imaginations, which is exactly what I want when making any sort of art.(…)
- Nrama: In some ways, Bucky has fallen under the shadow of Captain America – so for you, writing this, how are you working to differentiate the two playing fields without completely disconnecting it?
- Kot: Steve Rogers usually refuses to kill; then someone like Bucky or Wolverine steps in and tortures and/or kills a person for information. That’s sort of the core difference between Steve and Bucky; Bucky’s more unhinged, and his ethical compact is much less formed. Then again, when Steve Rogers just steps aside…that raises interesting questions as well, doesn’t it? Anyway – what Bucky does in these scenarios goes back to his past, and how he’s coping with it. (…)
- Nrama: Last question – what’s something about Bucky that hits home for you that you think most people don’t realize that’ll you’ll be taking advantage of in this series?
- Kot: The previous Winter Soldier stories were usually very dark, both in the stories and the color palette. We do play with dark themes and darkness is inherent to the character, but we spin further. Bucky Barnes: The Winter Soldier travels across the universe. There’s a sense of keen exploration people have — I believe intrinsically – that is sometimes forgotten.(…)
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CATWS vs Captain America comics
With a whoop of triumph, a surprised Bucky is hoisted into the air!
I could kiss you, Bucky—in fact, I will!
(Gasp) Hey! Don’t!
I’ll post better quality when available.
If Marvel films are based on comics—I want this scene, okay?
My degree of disappointment on TWS Extas = 100%
As Winter’s Children, we expected to see Bucky there. And we’ve got nada.
The Buckycap and Commander Rogers era~