Bucky in Space is Weird

New-Bucky-CoverEver since his famous return in Ed Brubaker and Steve Epting’s run on Captain America, Bucky Barnes has been a fixture in the Marvel Universe. He wielded the shield as Steve Rogers’s replacement for quite a while until he died for like five minutes in Fear Itself (but the less said about hat, the better). After that, he had his own solo series where he tried to atone for his past sins as the Winter Soldier. A cancelation and a couple of miniseries later, Bucky’s back… And he’s in space.

After the events of Original Sin, Bucky has taken over for Nick Fury as “the man on the wall.” For some reason, Nick Fury went out like a super villain once everyone found out that he had basically been acting like Nick Fury in space for decades. Nothing about it really seemed out of character for Fury, but boy howdy did his friends get mad. It was an odd place to take the story, but not as odd as the follow-up. After Fury’s not-really-death, Bucky has taken over as “the man on the wall,” so he’s secretly fighting aliens and big cosmic level threats that could wipe out the Earth.

So to recap, Bucky Barnes, the Winter Soldier, was brought back to the present by way of Soviet Cold War science and has always been trenched in espionage and spy stories. Now, he’s in space with giant space rifles. It’s a bit of a leap, to say the least. Mucking things up even more, he’s palling around with former Secret Warrior Daisy Johnson, who I’m pretty sure he’s never interacted before Bucky Barnes: the Winter Solider #1.

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There are some very interesting and unique page layouts in the new issue of Bucky Barnes: the Winter Soldier

The issue itself isn’t bad, but it’s certainly strange. It’s a huge leap for the character accompanied by unconventional art. Marco Rudy uses some very interesting page layouts with an equally unusual color pallet. There’s certainly nothing else on the stands that looks like it. The biggest thing working against it is the premise established in Original Sin. It’s such a big additional to the world that it’s tough to accept without a little hesitation. If Fury has been killing off cosmic level threats for years, then why is Thanos still around? What about the Skrulls? Sure, he killed some crazy demon monsters, but not Dormamu? Or more recently, he let the Builders through the wall just before Infinity? Let’s face it, super hero comics have always been about big stakes, especially recently. If Fury’s job was to shield the Earth from cosmic level threats, he was absolutely terrible at it.

At any rate, it’s now established in current continuity and Bucky’s taking over, despite the premise of the book going against the grain of basically everything that made us fall in love with the character. It’s all just so very strange. It’s not bad. It really isn’t. Still, it’s a tough pill to swallow. This new take on Bucky is going to have to hook readers with something unique really quickly if it hopes to have any kind of staying power. As much as we loved it, his last solo got canceled and it was doing all the Bucky stuff we liked. It’s great having a Bucky book on the stands again. Here’s hoping the creative team can craft a hit with the weird pieces they’ve been given.

But hey, this could all lead to the greatest Bucky in Space crossover of all time if we all play our cards right.

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