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Unlimited Highlights: Bucky Barnes

Chart his path from young hero to Captain America and back to Winter Soldier

By Ben Morse

Every week we'll pick a handful of awesome comics from the thousands available through Marvel Digital Comics Unlimited. From creator spotlights to editor's picks and more, this'll be your spot to find something new and cool. 

Next week, on Wednesday February 1, writer Ed Brubaker and artist Butch Guice kick off the latest chapter in the life of Bucky Barnes with WINTER SOLDIER #1. From his days as the sidekick to Captain America to decades under mental compulsion, his rise as the new Star-Spangled Avenger and back again, there’s little this proud patriot hasn’t seen. Check out just a few of his varied adventures.


An untold tale of the Golden Age’s most patriotic duo, Captain America and Bucky! Alongside Sgt. Fury and his Howling Commandos, the Sentinel of Liberty and his young partner battle their way behind enemy lines to face the evil of The Red Skull! But how will this adventure impact the present and what do Doctor Doom and General Lukin have to do with it? Find out in this extra-sized epic from writer Ed Brubaker and artist Eric Wight! 

WOLVERINE (2003) #39

What horrible secret binds the former Bucky with the X-Man called Wolverine? His full memories restored after years of mental turmoil, Logan has journeyed to Russia determined to confront The Winter Soldier. Does he seek further answers or retribution? Two of the Marvel Universe’s most dangerous men collide in a no holds barred brawl that will rock Wolverine’s world and change the way you look at Captain America’s one-time protégé forever!


While Captain America faces his friends in the heat of Civil War, The Winter Soldier must make it through his first Christmas in the 21st century since regaining his free will. Does Bucky Barnes still have what it takes to be a hero? The hordes of HYDRA plan to put that to the test, as guest stars the Young Avengers need an old soldier’s help to survive the holidays! Also featuring Namor and the Invaders. 


In modern day as Captain America, Bucky Barnes faces the specter or an unresolved adventure from World War II alongside his friends and comrades the Young Allies! How has a menace that bedeviled Bucky, Toro and friends in the 1940’s survived to threaten America’s freedom once more? The new Cap must use all the tools and skills at his disposal as well as reunite with some old acquaintances if he hopes to prevail in this tale from classic creator Roger Stern!


Reminiscing through the years, Bucky recalls the most pivotal birthdays of his life, from the very first, through the war that would shape his young adulthood, on into the present where he serves as Captain America. The Invaders and more guest star in a time-spanning celebration of the man who would be Cap courtesy of writer Ed Brubaker and an all-star team of creative contributors!

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