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The Best Winter Soldier Storylines To Get To Know Bucky Barnes

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Despite being first introduced as Bucky Barnes in 1941, the Winter Soldier has only existed since 2005. Barnes was rebooted, revamped, and revealed as the Soviet-trained assassin who was put on ice throughout the years, keeping him young between missions. Soon after he rejoined the Marvel Universe, Bucky Barnes, who was believed to be a casualty of WWII, regained his memories, and became a prominent character in Captain America's world, as well as the wider Marvel Universe.

Over the 15+ years he's been fighting bad guys in the Marvel Universe, there have been tons of comic books, great stories, graphic novels, trade paperbacks, comic book issues, story arcs, storylines, and one-shot books about the Winter Soldier, making it hard to determine which is the best of Winter Soldier's greatest adventures. This list attempts the impossible by narrowing the best down to the top 15. You can also use this list as Winter Soldier reading guide.

Check out the stories listed below, and if you see your favorites, vote them up. Then check back to see which of these comics is the best Winter Soldier story ever told!

  • 1

    The Burden Of Dreams

    Story Found In: Captain America #31-36

    Details: In the aftermath of "Civil War," Sam Wilson has decided to register his identity in accordance with the Superhuman Registration Act, but that's immediately followed by a new Captain America program, and the person tapped to fill Cap's role is none other than Bucky Barnes.

    The only problem with that is, nobody knows where Barnes is, so it's up to Wilson to find him! When he does, he finds the Winter Soldier in the grip of the Red Skull and Doctor Faustus, so it's up to Falcon to rescue him.

    A great story arc?
  • 2

    The Man Who Bought America

    Story Found In: Captain America #37-41

    Details: "The Man Who Bought America" is all about the new Captain America, Bucky Barnes, aka, the Winter Soldier! He's working hard to ensure the legacy of Steve Rogers isn't lost, but it's not going to be easy with the return of the Red Skull!

    Sam Wilson, aka, the Falcon, is along for the ride in this incredible tale from the mind of Ed Brubaker, with illustrations by Steve Epting and Butch Guice.

    A great story arc?
  • 3

    Broken Arrow

    Story Found In: Winter Soldier #6-9

    Details: What do you get when you team up two of the deadliest assassins on the face of the Earth? You get a killer story from the mind of Ed Brubaker with the pencils of Michael Lark in "Broken Arrow." When the Winter Soldier finds himself on a trail from the past to the present, he winds up trailing a villain who knows Bucky is still alive!

    This leads to some serious problems, and deadly confrontations as the Winter Soldier and Black Widow's hunt gets personal. Old enemies and allies show up with new code names, and nothing will ever be the same again for the Winter Soldier... or even, the Marvel Universe...

    A great story arc?
  • 4

    Black Widow Hunt

    Story Found In: Winter Soldier #10-14

    Details: The hunt for the Black Widow, also known as Natasha Romanova, is on, and none other than Clint Barton, otherwise known as Hawkeye, is on the trail! Has her mind been warped in some strange way, and can Bucky Barnes, aka, the Winter Soldier possibly save her... from herself?

    This incredible story includes appearances by Doctor Doom and the Wolverine! The story was marvelously written by Ed Brubaker with the accompanied pencil talents of Butch Buice. This is a must-read for fans of both the Winter Soldier and the Black Widow!

    A great story arc?