I think it could be cool. If I had to decide, though, I think the right creative team could make him into a convincing Ronin; one that is prone to using guns as well as blades. It's an awesome identity, the suit gives away nothing about the wearer's identity (no one even knew it was a woman for the longest time), and both of the previous wearers are better suited in their previous identities (Hawkeye and Echo, respectively)
It's less obvious than US Agent. That's what I sort of like about it.
" Knowing Marvel, I half suspect he'll time travel back to 1939, make a deal with Mephisto to forget his entire life, get cursed to become weak and feeble, then join the Super Soldier program and HE WAS CAPTAIN AMERICA ALL ALONG OMG! "Epic! XD
I think Bucky tired of all the relentless backpeddling and driven insane by the total lack of death and counter productivity he sees surrounding him should forge a gun and a crapload of bullets from shards of the Cosmic Cube and go on a rampage; shooting every person in a costume that he can, then sit and wait the required month and a half before they come back from the dead - due to time travel or them being locked in an alternate dimension or they're ressurected en masse by Doctor Strange. Go on trial be found innocent - because everyone he shot is alive, become Hawkeye for a few days (because guns, arrows, what's the difference?) before Clint says he's the rightful Hawkeye then Bucky travels back in time, in some whacky way, fathers Steve Rogers, then goes back in time again and assumes the identity of George Washington lives out his life and dies....
....only to awaken in the present day, saved by the Avengers who re-wrote history so none of that ever happened but everyone remembers so it's kind of like it still happened but it's never brought up again after a few months.
I really hate comics some days.
U.S. Agent would be great for Bucky. With all the great work Brubaker and Co. did to actually make the character decent, it would be a shame to let it languish until some ya-hoo comes along and turns him back into the joke that everyone was glad was dead.
How about creating a new identity for Bucky? I mean, it's not like Steve Rogers' Super Soldier was previously established and him giving up his secret identity was one of the more interesting moves in recent comic book history - even though he did go on an undercover mission in his very firstt mission as Super Steve which is the one time where he would actually need a secret identity.
Or, alternatively, they could just let Bucky be Bucky. Not the sidekick-Bucky but use his actual name. Because he is James "Bucky" Buchanan Barnes. He doesn't really need a secret identity anymore, most heroes don't. I mean, they go punch superpowered robots from the planet Herfblargh in Central Park every other week. How can you expect anyone to believe that "Uh... I walked into a corner. Wait, what robot fight?" would cover up the wounds you've sustained? Besides, quite some heroes manage just fine without a secret identity. Tony Stark did fine for a while (no idea if it's still public knowledge or not since I can't stand Larroca's photoshoppery), John Stewart and Guy Gardner can get by just fine...
But I have to digress here for a bit. Why did they make Steve Super Soldier to begin with? He's been that for how long? A year? Sure, they have a movie coming out and all that, but they knew that before they were Supersoldiering him. So why create the Super Soldier in the first place?
And yes, it was a good idea, because it was new and exciting and felt fresh. It's not just rehashing some old costume with a new guy in it. I can understand it when they do it with the big icon heroes, like the Marvel Universe needs a Captain America, but it does not need a U.S.Agent or even a Bucky (the costume, not the name).
Bucky shouldn't even be doing time for his crimes as Winter Soldier, why does the American Government want to ice him now instead of years before becoming Captain America? We know why Bucky is in prison, but maybe the government has a vendetta on Bucky.
" Bucky shouldn't even be doing time for his crimes as Winter Soldier, why does the American Government want to ice him now instead of years before becoming Captain America? We know why Bucky is in prison, but maybe the government has a vendetta on Bucky. "That, or it's one of these ridiculous political signals that the higher-ups think are so important. But the people who get to notice it won't get it as politics are so far removed from real life by this point that they don't really impact anything Joe the Plumber does anymore. That would be a nice QED-sort of thing, though. Because the readers don't get it either.
I think it'd be cool if they came up with a new identity for him. Something patrioticy. I'm glad Steve's becoming Captain America again, i liked Bucky as Cap, and i'm glad he kept the shield after Steve returned but it's time.
I'd be fine with this, my only fear is that Bucky's going to get pushed into Steve's shadow and he'll slowly be forgotten. So if they did this it would ease my fears, plus it would also mean he could still be on the Avengers!!! ^_^
Wow, I had no idea Bucky had already lost the mantle of Cap. I figured that, when the Cap movie rolled around, Marvel would be doing more things to get people pumped up to watch Steve as Cap, but I never thought they'd stop having Bucky be the "real" Captain America".
I don't see an issue with their being two Captain Americas. I like Bucky's suit and, despite my best efforts, I liked Bucky as Cap. It was nice to see someone trying to make something that was so iconic his own. It was fun seeing the choices he made vs. what Steve would have done.
Why throw that all away?
Having Bucky drop himself down to Z-stringer is a total waste of some truly epic character rehab. Have him slide into the Secret Avengers position, put Bucky in charge of a true Marvel U "Outsiders". And let writers run wild with it.
I like Bucky too much as Cap. and i like Steve's new status and costume too much. Its too soon for them to just shuffle that off, and really, why can't he return to the mantle?
Hawkeye did for one. Nomad? pretty sure Rikki Barnes is Nomad the last time i read, imo. UGAgent would be acceptable...i guess. The spot is open.
" NO U.S. Agent is a terrible idea. What when Walker wants his identity back? If Bucky doesn't get to be Cap then he needs to make up a new identity, not take someone else's again. "
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