“She is an Avenger. We take care of our own.”
Thor said this in Avengers #12.1 when Spider-Woman went missing. Now this statement sounded cool and to me would be something Thor would say. But today on my way home from the comic book store, I started thinking about what Thor said while reading Captain America #618. (Now heads up, this may contain minor spoilers from the issue) but what Thor said and how the Avengers reacted to this along with what’s happening to Bucky right now got me wondering: Do the Avengers really “take care of their own”? The reason I was wondering about this is because when Spider-Woman went missing, Steve Rogers assembled ALL THREE Avengers teams to find her, gathering the best members from each team who would be best suited for the task and in the end they were able to track her down and rescue her. But what I’m wondering is, if the Avengers really do take care of their own, why aren’t they doing more to help Bucky? The man is/was Captain America and an Avenger, not only fighting alongside the team in saving the world during Avengers/Invaders, but helped save the world during Secret Invasion, fought alongside the New Avengers during Norman Osborn’s Dark Reign, fought in defending Asgard during Siege, and helped save the whole of reality from Kang the Conqueror. If that doesn’t make you an Avenger, I don’t know what would.
But as I was reading Captain America #618, I noticed the interaction between Black Widow and Sharon Carter and how the two treated the situation that Bucky is in currently. From how it went, Black Widow was stopping at nothing to prove the man she loves’ innocence, but Sharon on the other hand seemed to care more about Steve getting in trouble than clearing Bucky’s name. The whole time Bucky’s been in prison it seems that the only people who have cared about him are Black Widow and Steve.
Now I understand that some Avengers may feel different about Bucky, we saw how Hawkeye felt during the Trail of Captain America. But the man was cleared for his crimes in America and was going to be let free, it was right then that the Russian government showed up claiming that Bucky had killed two innocent Russian citizens years ago and he was then extradited back to Russian, leaving Steve with no way to help his former partner. Now if you’ve been reading the recent issues of Captain America, we know that Bucky was somehow set up by the Russian government and is being held in prison for darker reasons than the they wanted Steve or anyone to know about. But my point is, if the Avengers supposedly take care of their own, where are they when Bucky, their former teammate and friend, needs them the most?
I mean when Spider-Woman went missing, Steve Rogers assembled ALL of the Avengers to find her, gathering those best for the job. But what I don’t understand is why aren’t any other Avengers trying to help clear Bucky’s name? Steve and Black Widow have proof that there’s more going on with all of this than what’s being said, but if what Thor said is true, then why aren’t teams like the Secret Avengers being brought in to help Steve and Widow work faster to get down to the bottom of what the Russians really want with Bucky and bringing their teammate home? I mean even Falcon, who was his partner, doesn’t even seem to care and hasn’t even tried to help Steve or Natasha in their search at all.
If the Avengers truly do take care of their own, then why aren’t they doing more to help clear Bucky’s name?