Coming fresh off a long march of a mini-series, Bucky Barnes is getting another shot at stardom in October from Marvel Comics. Bucky Barnes: The Winter Soldier will launch as an ongoing by writer Ales Kot and artist Marco Rudy this fall, spinning out of the pages of Original Sin, the current event comic co-starring the character.
The series will see a major status quo change for the usually grounded spy character, as he now takes on the whole of the Marvel Universe, putting him “on an intergalactic stage now,” editor Will Moss told The A.V. Club in an announcement interview. He likens the new direction to if “James Bond had access to the characters and settings of all the other great film franchises.”
Kot says Bucky’s core is having “a lot of damage.” However, with this “new phase of his life” he may finally be “shedding the old and embracing the new.” The writer also praises Rudy as “a syle chameleon,” and can’t wait to make him draw the craziness of Marvel Cosmic.
As for what Bucky will explore in a more existential way? “Fluid identity and fluid gender. Many worlds theory. Feminism. Taoism. Pacifism. Nature and the systems we impost on it. Life in space. Empathy. Power unrestrained and power controlled. The Randian belief in the vampire self/20th century capitalism, what it brings, what can come after. Did I mention empathy? I know I did. I’ll mention it again. Empathy,” the writer said.
Both writer and artist mentioned “pulp sci-fi visuals” and Philip K. Dick and Heavy Metal Magazine as influences for the new series, while Rudy also said he still looks to the master of spy comics, Jim Steranko, as a “go-to” as well. Rudy will be coloring the book himself, which should allow for plenty of experimentation.