Hi guys Superiorchris here! First I want to state that these stories are my personal recommendations. There are tons of great Captain America stories out there but these are some of the stories that highlight Captain America as the main focus. So lets begin! These are some stories that could help people who want to get to know Captain America and Bucky Barnes (A.K.A. Winter Soldier) more before or after the release of Marvel’s new cinematic movie Captain America: The Winter Soldier out this Friday!
Synopsis: Originally a 90-pound weakling from New York City’s Lower East Side, Steve Rogers was transformed into Captain America by the legendary Super-Soldier serum – shortly before the formula was lost, seemingly forever. But now, years later, the grandson of the treatment’s creator has rediscovered the serum and plans to sell it to the highest bidder. Suddenly, Rogers is confronted with the possibility of a world overrun by Super-Soldiers, in which any despot willing to pony up the cash could have his very own unstoppable army. Can Rogers prevent the formula from changing hands before it’s too late? (credit: Amazon)
Why read it: This is Cap in a different role. He becomes the world police and runs S.H.I.E.L.D. He steps back from his role of Captain America (now a mantle taken by Bucky). It was a different side to the character. He was taking on more espionage missions which takes the character back to his root. The tactical approach brought a new welcome feel. I definitely recommend a read.
4. Civil War
Synopsis: The landscape of the Marvel Universe is changing, and it’s time to choose: Whose side are you on? A conflict has been brewing from more than a year, threatening to pit friend against friend, brother against brother – and all it will take is a single misstep to cost thousands their lives and ignite the fuse! As the war claims its first victims, no one is safe as teams, friendships and families begin to fall apart. (credit: Amazon)
Why read it: One of the key players of this story is Captain America. He shows us that he does not stand for what the government tells him to do but for the American people. He stood against the superhero registration act in order to protect the lives of heroes out side their heroic life. Captain America shows a strong resolve that he continued to stand by until he paid the ultimate price. A great representation of what Captain America believes in.
Synopsis: While the most powerful Avengers journey into outer space in an attempt to unite the universe against the Builders, Thanos attacks the Earth. When the Avengers and their allies wage a war no two fronts, nothing lasts forever! A six-issue event featuring the Guardians of the Galaxy, the Inhumans and many more! (credit: Marvel Comics)
Why read it: I kept on hearing that Cap was a strategist. I never really saw that quality in him. Don’t get me wrong, he is able to get out of tough situations but I don’t remember a time when the situation was at a large scope as Infinity was. He took the role of commander and was showcase with a confident presence. He united enemies from all parts the galaxy to take down the common threat. He led them all strategically without fear. It was no wonder everyone followed without question.
Synopsis: Steve Rogers is dead! Long live Captain America! He was a hero to millions, an inspiration to America’s armed services and the representative of his nation’s greatest ideals. He lived for his country – and now, he has given his last final measure for the nation he loved. In the aftermath of the superhuman Civil War, Captain America was shot down in cold blood. In the aftermath of his death, Cap’s longtime partner the Falcon makes revenge his first order of business. Sharon Carter finds herself spiraling out of control, a captive of the Red Skull’s minions. And Bucky Barnes, a.k.a. the Winter Soldier, must reconcile his own sordid past with the calling to become…the new Captain America! (credit: Amazon)
Why read it: This is one of the best Captain America story era. After the event of Civil War we lose a hero. The world became silent upon seeing the bullet that hit Cap in front of the court steps. I remember not being able to say a word and hoping to see him be ok on the next page. This was quite the emotional roller coaster the spread across the Marvel universe effecting all the heroes greatly. This story also explores the Winter Soldier. Bucky had to honor Cap’s Will and take on the mantle. Seeing Bucky transition and learn to become his own Captain America is what makes this a personal favorite.
Synopsis: For more than fifty years, the Soviets employed an undercover agent – an unstoppable, untraceable killer known as the Winter Soldier. His suspected identity? Bucky Barnes, Captain America’s one-time partner, thought to have died in World War II. Now, the Winter Soldier is back, working for the ruthless General Lukin – who has obtained a functional Cosmic Cube, a weapon of limitless power that can bend reality itself. Vowing to end Lukin’s reign of terror and destruction, Captain America relentlessly tracks the Cube – only to find himself face to face against the Winter Soldier. Will Cap be forced to battle his resurrected partner so soon after finally learning the astonishing truth? (credit: Amazon)
Why read it: If you are going to see the movie then this is the book for you. This story is what the movie is based on and Ed Brubaker is a consultant on the film as well. Winter Soldier first appearance is in this story. The relationship between two best friends are tested as Bucky has become an agent of death for Russia. The internal conflict takes a toll on Cap and the struggle made for a captivating story. This has action, mystery, and lots of shocking moments. I can keep reading this story all the time.
These are my 5 recommended stories but there are many more stories that should be read beyond these. Tell us what is your favorite Captain America or Bucky story below in the comments. Make sure to catch Captain America: The Winter Soldier out this Friday!