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Captain America: Winter Soldier Bucky Who the hell is Bucky NOBODY TOUCH ME I did a reread.It was a bad decision.I am emotionally compromised Bucky Who the hell is Bucky NOBODY TOUCH ME I did a reread.It was a bad decision.I am emotionally compromised Ed Brubaker revisits Cap s past by writing an alternate history to his sidekick, Bucky, in The Winter Soldier Originally dead from an explosion over the English Channel pursuing the evil Baron Zemo during WW2, Brubaker imagines Bucky surviving the blast and being turned into a cyborg assassin, brainwashed into fighting for the Russians Steve Epting s art is ridiculous it s just so good And his character design of the Winter Soldier is brilliant, with the mechanical arm and neo terrorist loo Ed Brubaker revisits Cap s past by writing an alternate history to his sidekick, Bucky, in The Winter Soldier Originally dead from an explosion over the English Channel pursuing the evil Baron Zemo during WW2, Brubaker imagines Bucky surviving the blast and being turned into a cyborg assassin, brainwashed into fighting for the Russians Steve Epting s art is ridiculous it s just so good And his character design of the Winter Soldier is brilliant, with the mechanical arm and neo terrorist look being faithfully replicated in the upcoming movie.Unlike the movie though, the plot centres around an evil Russian general and the cosmic cube taking over the world through purchasing American land, which works really well in the book but I don t see ANOTHER Cap movie centring around the cosmic cube so I expect that plot element to be jettisoned From what I ve seen of the movie so far though, they re using a lot of the book in the movie Crossbones one of Red Skull s lieutenants , the Falcon one of Cap s old friends , certain scenes like Bucky punching Cap s shield with his mechanical arm but it doesn t look like Hugo Weaving s returning as Red Skull so, even though he s in the book, he probably won t be in the film.But enough talk of the movie The book is awesome, so even if the film winds up sucking next year, at least we have Brubaker and Epting s great Cap story And Brubaker should really be congratulated simply for writing a readable and fun Captain America book off the top of my head, I don t think there are any great Cap books besides this But it sthan that We understand Cap s loss a lot , seeing his friendship with Bucky in fardetail than in other books during the many flashbacks set during WW2, and understand how close they were and why it was so painful for Cap to lose him.While it s recognisably a superhero book, Brubaker s written it in a very sophisticated way so that it reads like an espionage thriller with double agents, real historical events, unexpected emotional depth, and superhero action all thrown into the mix Epting s accomplished art gives the book a gloriously realistic appearance while the muted colour palette perfectly suits the serious tone of the book Cap might be looked at as an anachronistic, even outdated character, and dressed kinda silly, but Brubaker and Epting make him look like a tragic figure, which isn t something I usually respond to miserable superheroes are DC s speciality, not Marvel s but it s the right approach for this book With Bucky s backstory that involves remaining youthful after decades, getting a robot arm, being brainwashed, and so on, it would be too easy to undermine if Brubaker was anything less than completely serious in his approach.The only complaint I would give the book is that it feels overlong at times The middle of the book sags a bit especially as Brubaker takes several tangents to explore every angle of Cap s long and varied history taking in other Captain Americas who filled in for Steve Rogers while he was frozen in ice But it s a minor complaint when so much of the book is so well done in every way.With The Winter Soldier, Brubaker writes the best Captain America book ever while also resurrecting a forgotten character, giving Bucky a new lease on life and turning him from an easily mocked sidekick into a brilliantly realised and transformed new character, and a superhero in his own right The Winter Soldier is a great read and anyone and I used to fall in this category who thinks Cap only works in team books, should pick this up to see him carry the story brilliantly A Midnight Call To Duty Brings Captain America Aboard The SHIELD Helicarrier To Identify The Corpse Of His Most Feared Adversary The Red Skull The Shocking Murder Of Cap S Oldest Enemy May Not Be The End Of The Skull S Plans, However, Because Whoever Shot The Skull Has Stolen His Final Project An Unfinished Cosmic Cube With The Potential Power To Alter Reality Itself Adding To The Imminent Danger, A Cadre Of The Skull S Followers Has Already Set In Motion A Plan To Ignite Bombs In The Hearts Of Paris, London And Manhattan Causing Untold Death And DestructionRacing Against These Bombs Rapidly Ticking Clocks, The Star Spangled Avenger Must Not Only Solve The Mystery Of His Nemesis Murder, But Find The Cube Before It Can Be Used In The Red Skull S Malevolent Plot Against The United States Then, The Questions Plaguing Captain America S Dreams And Memories Have Been Answered In The Most Brutal Way Possible And In The Wake Of This Brutality, General Lukin Makes His First All Out Assault Tearing Open Old Wounds And Threatening To Make New Scars That Will Never Heal Collecting Captain America , This is arguably the greatest Captain America story ever written Ed Brubaker did what no one else could have imagined he brought back Captain America s World War II sidekick, Bucky Barnes Bucky was on a short list of Marvel characters that nobody wanted revived Here Brubaker s writing rises to the challenge and exceeds it The accompanying artwork is evocative and captures the spirit of the story.The story revolves around possession of the Cosmic Cube, something that grants the user ultimate This is arguably the greatest Captain America story ever written Ed Brubaker did what no one else could have imagined he brought back Captain America s World War II sidekick, Bucky Barnes Bucky was on a short list of Marvel characters that nobody wanted revived Here Brubaker s writing rises to the challenge and exceeds it The accompanying artwork is evocative and captures the spirit of the story.The story revolves around possession of the Cosmic Cube, something that grants the user ultimate power The Cube here is greatly underpowered and in the pocket of the Red Skull, a villain who is considered Captain America s greatest foe Assorted machinations lead to the reveal of the identity of the Winter Soldier.As a kid, I remembered reading reprints of the World War II era stuff created by Joe Simon and Jack Kirby I remember picking up a trash can lid and hurling it like Captain America s shield I also remember learning how to install a pane of glass as a consequence Probably the best of Brubaker s work for Marvel that I ve read so far I ve also enjoyed his Daredevil, X Men, and other Cap stories though his gritty Gotham Central cop series for DC is still my favorite.Have you seen the 2014 movie Silly question, probably it was a decent if slightly over long, as superhero blockbusters are routinely becoming flick Now do yourself a favor and read the graphic novel Other than the startling reappearance of the title character a.k.a James Bucky Bar Probably the best of Brubaker s work for Marvel that I ve read so far I ve also enjoyed his Daredevil, X Men, and other Cap stories though his gritty Gotham Central cop series for DC is still my favorite.Have you seen the 2014 movie Silly question, probably it was a decent if slightly over long, as superhero blockbusters are routinely becoming flick Now do yourself a favor and read the graphic novel Other than the startling reappearance of the title character a.k.a James Bucky Barnes, Cap s WWII sidekick who was long thought to be deceased the storyline is different but in a good way Brubaker scripts an interesting tale and keeps things moving very important in 300 page collection of thirteen individual issues lots of action and suspense, dialogue that advances the plot and doesn t seem like a chore to read, and an appropriate nostalgic tone in the fleeting flashback moments If not for a recommend from a GR friend I probably would ve passed this over The Soviets have used a seemingly ageless assassin for over 50 years known as The Winter Soldier The Winter Soldier hasn t been seen in decades, but now he s back working for General Lukin and he s stolen the Cosmic Cube for him Captain America is working tirelessly tracking the cube and in the process he crosses paths with the mysterious Winter Solider.So the big reason I read Captain America Winter Solider is because the film with basically the same title is currently my favorite film in the The Soviets have used a seemingly ageless assassin for over 50 years known as The Winter Soldier The Winter Soldier hasn t been seen in decades, but now he s back working for General Lukin and he s stolen the Cosmic Cube for him Captain America is working tirelessly tracking the cube and in the process he crosses paths with the mysterious Winter Solider.So the big reason I read Captain America Winter Solider is because the film with basically the same title is currently my favorite film in the Marvel MCU The comic and the film are quite different from one another though There was no awesome scene like this In fact the only story point that remains somewhat similar is The Winter Soldier s back story Otherwise it s totally different so in case you feel like watching the movie is good enough, it really isn t.This story revolves around General Lukin, his ambitions, the Cosmic Cube, and of course The Winter Soldier This cube can be held safely unlike it s movie counterpart The story was good although a bit confusing since I don t really know the extent of the Cosmic Cube s abilities The Winter Soldier is certainly a character worthy of pity I can t imagine having your head scrambled like he did and being pressed into service against your will This gem of a graphic novel is often overshadowed by the movie It should not be as this is, by far, the superior tale.Brubaker tells an exciting tale about a blast from Cap s past Aleksander Luskin is an former KGB officer who has a revanchist vision of the Soviet Union During World War II after Bucky was ostensibly killed, Luskin is able to recover his body Mind wiped and given a titanium arm Bucky becomes the infamous Winter Soldier This story brings the Winter Soldier out of hibernation This gem of a graphic novel is often overshadowed by the movie It should not be as this is, by far, the superior tale.Brubaker tells an exciting tale about a blast from Cap s past Aleksander Luskin is an former KGB officer who has a revanchist vision of the Soviet Union During World War II after Bucky was ostensibly killed, Luskin is able to recover his body Mind wiped and given a titanium arm Bucky becomes the infamous Winter Soldier This story brings the Winter Soldier out of hibernation to restart his personal Cold War by targeting Captain America Enjoy a well written mystery action story in which Cap tries to unravel the mystery of the Winter Soldier The artwork is excellent and is a great asset to this tale Throw in Nazis, Communists, the Red Skull, etc and you have a story far superior to the Hollywood take Do yourself a favor and read a wonderful Captain America story Highly recommended for any fan of a good story Damn Best Captain America story ever Everything about this one is amazing from Brubaker s story to Epting s art Cap s past struggles and regrets turning this tale of the Winter Soldier into a multi layered action adventure with enough depth and surprises to make rereads a requirement. Also reviewed for Addicted2HeroinesWith the movie coming out, I thought I d revisit the Winter Soldier storyline And I was surprised by what I found.First, that I d only read volume one So I decided to go whole hog where does that saying even come from anyway, and get two volumes in one shot with the Ultimate Collection.Second, that at the time I originally read it, I had no idea how awesome it really was Maybe I just hadn t read enough crappy graphic novels yet Who knows Whatever the reas Also reviewed for Addicted2HeroinesWith the movie coming out, I thought I d revisit the Winter Soldier storyline And I was surprised by what I found.First, that I d only read volume one So I decided to go whole hog where does that saying even come from anyway, and get two volumes in one shot with the Ultimate Collection.Second, that at the time I originally read it, I had no idea how awesome it really was Maybe I just hadn t read enough crappy graphic novels yet Who knows Whatever the reason, I don t remember being blown away by the storytelling like I was this time around And I was Blown Away.Now, I honestly can t imagine that anyone would consider this a spoiler since this title is over ten years old, but there s always some whiny bitch who complains You know who you are So.If you don t know who the Winter Soldier is, and don t want me to spoil the BIG SECRET for you Stop reading this review.Right now.Alright then.If you want to find a good Captain America story, find Brubaker s stuff He s the best when it comes to this character, in my opinion The first time I really noticed his awesomeness was after I read The Death of Captain America story arc I remember getting all misty eyed at the end That s admittedly embarrassing, especially over a comic book character that you know isn t going to stay dead.Dear God, when Tony gave his speech at the end Shit I m getting all choked upAnyway.This starts off with a flashback to Red Skull and General Lukin meeting up to buy trade WMD s with each other, and then switches over to present day where Red Skull s newest plan to Take Over The Worldis in full swing.And that s a running theme in this book Flashbacks, I mean Which can be pretty distracting if they re not done right, but Brubaker does an excellent job here Everything flows together in a way that makes sense.So Red Skull has a cosmic cube, and with it, he intends todoevil things, of course So he s the villain for this story.BZZZZZ WRONG Gotcha Big upset, right off the bat Man, totally forgot about that thing that happened So, Red Skull, not a player in this story any Or is he Moving on to the main event Bucky is back And not only is he back, but he s evidently been a major player for decades without anyone realizing who he was He s a ghost, a myth, the bogeyman of covert ops world Nice.Bringing Bucky Barnes back isn t something super special in itself, only because almost every dead comic book character comes back from the grave at one time or another.No, it s the way Brubaker brings him back to life that shows off his talent I mean, how the hell do you explain why a 16 year old kid is fighting in a war alongside Captain America With the government s stamp of approval, no less He also makes it clear that Bucky was not simply there to look cute in his mask while posing next to Cap He was, in reality, the business end of the team when it came to wetworks on their missions.In fact, he was so good at his job that the Russians who found his body, originally thought his DNA might hold the key to the super serum But, no He was just a naturally gifted fighter, who had already been trained to be an assassin.Bucky the Assassin Whodathunkit Brubaker Obviously Ok So the bad guys in this case, a shadow agency of the KGB pulled a one armed mostly dead Barnes out of freezing water, shortly following an explosion that left everyone thinking he was totally dead He was successfully revived, but without any memories of his former self Thus, making it easy for the villains to reprogram him asWinter Soldier Muahahahahahahaha So for years, he would be sent out on missions to assassinate targets, and then promptly get stuffed back into one of those stasis containers You know, with the glass front, the bubbling liquid, and the wires sticking off of the person inside Which I can t help but giggle over, because I always think of a frozen Austin Powers when I see one of those things now.Putting Bucky in stasis over the years helps with two things, at least from a reader s perspective.First, and most importantly, it explains why he is still young.Second, it gives you a reason to hope that the real Bucky is still in there somewhere Why Apparently, if he was awake too long he started showing signs that his memorymight be resurfacing.Maybe Sort of.They weren t really sure, but why take chances, right Go onhop on in the glass cylinder big guythat s itwatch your head nowAnyway, there sto the story than just the return of another cool sidekick.You ve also got Steve and Sharon working together again.They re over each other, but not over over each other So let s stick em together in an intense situation and see what shakes out of that tree Then there s the cosmic cube itself What does it do, and how is it going to affect the outcome of everything Finally, we get to Lukin He s an awesome bad guy, mostly because he isn t over in a corner somewhere cackling to himself Sure, he s evil But he s not evil just for the sake of being evil He considers himself a patriot, and his goal is to restore Mother Russia to her former glorynot bring about the zombie apocalypse.This was great.Seriously, if you haven t read it Go get it And if you have read it before, it might be time for a re read Just sayin.Highly Recommended The Red Skull acquires a Cosmic Cube, only to be murdered before he can use it and the killer seems to be someone Captain America thought dead since World War II Can Captain America and Agent 13 unravel the mystery of the Winter Soldier and the Cosmic Cube before whomever possesses the Cube gets a chance to use it Fresh off of reading Gotham Central, I was ready forBrubaker and I sure got it When I first started reading Ed Brubaker last century with A Complete Lowlife, I had no idea he d The Red Skull acquires a Cosmic Cube, only to be murdered before he can use it and the killer seems to be someone Captain America thought dead since World War II Can Captain America and Agent 13 unravel the mystery of the Winter Soldier and the Cosmic Cube before whomever possesses the Cube gets a chance to use it Fresh off of reading Gotham Central, I was ready forBrubaker and I sure got it When I first started reading Ed Brubaker last century with A Complete Lowlife, I had no idea he d be one of the top guys in comics.Back in the day, there were two Marvel books I held above all others Forget about X Men or anything featuring Wolverine s over exposed ass They were the Fantastic Four and Captain America I have most of Mark Gruenwald s run on Cap, as well as a few issues in the early 100 range Will Brubaker s run eclipse Gruenwald s in my eyes It already has.Brubaker s run kicks off with a bang The Red Skull is dead and Bucky is alive Wow Most of the rest of the story is Captain America coming to grips with the fact that Bucky is the Winter Soldier, an assassin working for the Russians, and searching for the Cosmic Cube.I thought the flashbacks really helped make the story Bucky kicking ass whenever he showed up, only to fade away again, helped build the suspense to the inevitable showdown with Captain America.Any gripes Only that the confrontation I waited twelve issues for was pretty quick This is right on the edge of being a five star book

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