Alright just a quick info post since we maaaaybe have a lot of incoming fans who’ll want to read this volume, as it’s the main source of modern Bucky at this time.
As a new reader I found this volume a little difficult to navigate, so I thought I’d put together a small reading order guide to hopefully simplify it a little. It’s one of my favorite volumes but it can be hard to make heads or tails of when things happen and what comes first and…all that.
Start with #1, of course. By Ed Brubaker.
- #1-25 - from the start of the Winter Soldier arc, to Steve’s death in Civil War. (#10 is actually a House of M tie-in and completely outside of 616 continuity.)
- #26 - Bucky starts as protagonist. (Additional reading: Winter Soldier: Winter Kills should happen sometime between this and #34)
- #27-42 (Secret Invasion occurs between 42 and 43)
- #600 - Renumber! Also, this looks like an Annual (usually a number of very short, unrelated stories) but it’s interspersed with plotty bits that set the stage for…
- Captain America: Reborn #1-6 - Steve returns!
- Siege occurs. Not essential reading, though the Siege: Captain America issue is a fun one-shot featuring BOTH our Captains working together. Highly recommend.
- Who Will Wield The Shield - Just what it says on the box. With Steve back, a decision must be made.
- #601 - another off-plot issue, a throw-back story to WWII
- #602-619 - back on track with Bucky and friends! Steve is in and out a LOT from #606 onwards, but he is also more heavily featured in Secret Avengers vol. 1 at this time. Steve Rogers: Super Soldier also falls in this time period and is a great read.
- Fear Itself (not a necessary read, but the events here change the Captain America line in a huge way)
THIS IS WHERE IT GETS WEIRD. At this point the series branches into three different books.
- Captain America & Bucky #620-624: The Life Story of Bucky Barnes (Essential Bucky Reading! Really do yourself a favor and read it right now. These work great as a standalone and you don’t need any prior knowledge from CA vol 5 to jump in!)
This series continues through #640, with another ‘Bucky’ (it’s an android) teamup in #625-627. After that it’s Cap & Hawkeye/Iron Man/Black Widow headlining, and that all comes together as one storyline from #629-640. To make things EVEN MORE WEIRD on sites like Comixology this series is listed under CA volume 1, because of the numbering. Other places it’s called Captain America & Black Widow.
- Captain America volume 6, by Ed Brubaker, Steve is back as Captain America in this 19 issue run!
- Winter Soldier - also by Ed Brubaker (through issue 14) and also lasting 19 issues. This series focuses on Bucky and Natasha as he returns to covert operations. (Additional reading: even if you don’t read Fear Itself, be sure to read Fear Itself #7.1 which is the prelude to this series. If you buy the trade paperback collection, it’s printed before the Winter Soldier #1 so you’re all set!)
I think that’s about it, for now. I hope this helps a few folks out, whether you’re just getting started or wondering where something falls on the timeline.
As of this writing Bucky is appearing in All-New Invaders alongside his old pals. Be sure to check it out :D
Natasha meets Squeak
"You… have a bat."
James looks up from his rifle, Squeak curled up in a small bat burrito on his chest.
"I guess so?" He speaks quietly, just a low rumble to avoid waking the slumbering bat. "It wasn’t really planned."
Natasha leans forward over James’ lap to examine the creature closely. Squeak, obviously sensing that he’s a subject of discussion, opens his beady little eyes and yawns.
"He smells funny."
"He’s a bat." James resist the urge to shrug. Squeak doesn’t like that much. ‘Far as I can tell, that means he poops a hell of a lot."
Natasha flicks her eyes up to James’ face, grinning.
He meets her gaze levelly. “Sometimes.”
Apparently considering this, Natasha reaches out one finger and gently scratches Squeak on the head. Squeak, satisfied by this, yawns hugely, showing tiny white fangs, and goes back to sleep.
"Good bat." Natasha croons. "Such a good bat."
James rolls his eyes, but there’s a ghost of a smile on his face. ‘Shoulda known you two’d conspire against me.”
fanart: head and shoulders portrait of Steve and Natasha, in uniform, leaning towards each other as if for a kiss.
shrinking past her limits
please write this
The rooftop hideout is perfect in every way: quiet, great views, and inaccessible from the street unless you happen to be in possession of a bionic arm capable of digging handholds in concrete. The one problem, as far as Bucky (or the man who used to be Bucky, or the man who Bucky is now, he hasn’t quite decided yet) is the small furry black object lying outside his hide.
"You’re a bat." He says to the lump, partly in disbelief, partly for want of anything smarter to say. A tiny pink mouth yawns in the black fur.
"Squeak." the bat replies accusingly.
"Ain’t you gonna fly off?"
The bat struggles, chirps a little more. It doesn’t however, fly away. Bucky thinks about this. HYDRA programming as kind of shaky on the care of small wild creatures.
"Okay, you stay there." He retreats inside his hide, holding one hand out, palm open, fingers spread. "Uh, stay."
"Squeak." The bat gives him a withering stare. As if it could go anywhere else. It does, however, watch with interest as Bucky shuffles through the pile of stolen boxes and supplies he’s gathered from HYDRA safe houses and lightly attended grocery stores. Eventually, he comes out with the rag he uses for cleaning his rifle and, gently, scoops up the bat in his good hand.
Close to, it’s surprisingly warm, tiny heart fluttering as its wings move feebly. Its tiny button eyes blink once, twice, and it bares its teeth in a snarl.
"Thanks would be nice." Bucky murmurs, taking out an empty cardboard box and adding a few drops of water in an empty bottle top. "This is only temporary, okay?"
He tries to transfer the tiny creature to its new home, but the bat clings to Bucky’s hand and works its way up his shoulder, hanging from the straps on his chest.
"Squeak." The bat looks at him determinedly, bright eyes in a tiny face. He’s never been good at resisting that.
"Okay, fine." Bucky’s too nervous to try and detach it, so he just sits back and closes his eyes. "Guess you can stay."
(“You got a pet?” Redwing eyes the small bundle of fur hanging off Bucky’s jacket balefully, Sam keeping her at a distance.
"Huh?" Bucky looks down, packing up his hide. "Oh, that’s just Squeak. He’s okay.")
Cap and his shield
TALES OF SUSPENSE #75 (March 1966)
Art by Jack Kirby, Dick Ayers & John Tartaglione
Words by Stan Lee
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