Avengers-Steve Bucky past

Unexpectedly relevant to my interests

(Also posted on Tumblr)

I've been working my way through New Avengers lately. I admit that I started reading it mostly for Bucky (he's a team member during his Captain America phase) but I've really fallen for everyone; I have a longstanding love of Luke Cage dating back to the '80s, and everyone else is pretty great too. I really enjoy the characters, the domesticity, and the overall second-string-superheroes vibe of the team.

I picked up Siege: New Avengers the other day, and to my surprise and delight, got both Captain Americas and a little bit of Bucky-Steve h/c.

I didn't scan most of it because a) the art's not that great, and b) scanning out of graphic novels with stiff spines is a PITA. Besides, there's not actually that much of it, just a few pages. Still, I wasn't expecting to get any Bucky-Steve interaction at all, considering that Steve is supposed to be dead at this time. I'm pretty sure the continuity of having this storyline overlap with Reborn doesn't work out AT ALL, but … Marvel. (don't think about it, don't think about it)

(Also, I sized the images for Tumblr without really thinking about it. 500 pixels wide, Tumblr, why. Let me know if these are too small to make out detail and I can scan 'em bigger.)

Anyhoo, on the "relevant to my interests" front, we do get a nice Bucky and Steve scene, starting out with the two of them observing the scene where the Avengers' temporary headquarters -- Steve's Brooklyn warehouse -- just got blown up by Team Bad Guy. Bucky blames himself, as he does.



Then they're attacked and a fight scene ensues. Inevitably this results in …



… Bucky being mind-controlled and forced to attack Steve.

(Bucky, your life, gawd.)



Steve deals with it by using his holo-shield to deflect the bullet Bucky fires at him into the bad guy (ah, supersoldier reflexes) and then throwing Bucky into a wall.

Which gives us this:





Sadly we then cut to a different set of characters and by the time we get back to Bucky and Steve, Bucky's back on his feet and fighting again, and the scene wraps up shortly thereafter. Awww. Still, that's a lot more than I was expecting to get.

Bonus: Bad guys reacting to Bucky's gunslinging version of Captain America really never gets old.



Extra bonus: Luke Cage squishing Steve when he finds out Steve's not dead.



Awwww, Luke, ILU. ♥


In conclusion, who do I have to bribe at Marvel to get Steve in black commando gear in the next Captain America movie?

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I really want this now. :D We got him in several different kinds of civilian clothes in this latest movie -- is black commando gear REALLY too much to ask for? :D
I wasn't expecting to get any Bucky-Steve interaction at all, considering that Steve is supposed to be dead at this time.
I just ♥︎ that sentence.

Looks like fun! I just got my copy of Captain America: The Winter Soldier today, three weeks after I finally special-ordered it from a local indie comic store.
I'm glad you finally got the comic - and SO annoyed on your behalf, though! That's just terrible customer service. You shouldn't have had to deal with that.

I hope you enjoy it, though, especially after all of that ...

I just ♥︎ that sentence.

ahahaha .... yeah. COMICS, MAN. XD
I know, right? :D When it comes to h/c and friendshippy stuff in the comics, you never get much and kinda have to make do with what you get, but this was a nice little surprise. ♥
And so much potential, too! Luckily the MCU seems to be better about giving us the intense emotional stuff that the comics shy away from. (Would a Steve-Bucky hug really kill them? Even just ONE? XD)
I don't even understand why they shy away from it! It would make their storylines have so much more impact if they just added in a little of that emotional aspect, and they wouldn't have to keep reaching for more and crazier things to do plot-wise. (Unless it has something to do with emotional stuff being less 'valuable' to what they think is their main audience, and with limited page counts it gets cut?)
(Unless it has something to do with emotional stuff being less 'valuable' to what they think is their main audience, and with limited page counts it gets cut?)

Yeah, basically, I think. Sort of a blend of "let's not scare off the audience with ~feelings~" AND comics writers being biased towards people who like writing explosions and fights, but aren't so big on writing quiet character moments. :P

Even when I was a kid I used to love all the brief glimpses we got of superheroes out of their costumes, having quiet downtime between missions and so forth. Those are always my favorite parts!

(Hugs are also good. Naturally.)