Matt: What—? Wait—wait—you’re Natasha’s man…Bucky… You’re supposed to be dead…
Bucky: Yeah…I am…and so are you.
— From Winter Soldier #12 by Ed Brubaker, art by Butch Guice
As someone who’s prone to use possessive pronouns when talking about the people I care about, I wasn’t bothered by Natasha being referred to as Bucky’s girl earlier in this storyline, although I understand why some people were. But I really actively like it being applied both ways. He is hers and she is his and they are both their own too. Love can be complicated like that.
Bucky Appreciation Post
Favourite comic artists: Pasqual Ferry
Jessica Drew: I don’t technically have a spider-sense…but if I did, it’d be tingling about now.
Bucky: Yeah, too bad Spider-Man couldn’t make it…so we could verify our paranoia.
— From Captain America v5 #600 by Ed Brubaker, art by Butch Guice
Namor: Hmmph. I hope you aren’t too injured to walk, Barnes…because none of us will be carrying you anymore.
Bucky’s Narration: That was as close as Namor ever got to a compliment…and it meant the world to me.
Captain America & Bucky #622
by Mark Andreyko, Ed Brubaker and Chris Samnee.
Bucky: Yeah… Survival… People don’t understand…
Natasha: I do, James… You know that.
Logan: Soldier… Knew yer coffin smelled like an LMD…
Bucky: Thanks for coming, Logan.
Logan: I ain’t here for you, kid… I’m here for Natalia.
This was the best part of that issue.
From Winter Soldier #10, by Ed Brubaker and Butch Guice.
Little bit of bromance today. <3
Lab Room Seven
Nick: He programmed Nuke launch codes into his damned doombots?!
Bucky: Nick, I know…believe me. But…just…
Nick: Y’know, Doom. For the smartest man in the world you can be pretty friggin’—
Bucky: Nick c’mon. He’s helping us now.
Doom: The boy has a point, Colonel Fury… Or is it Ex-Colonel now? Von Doom stopped trying to keep track of al your promotions and demotions long ago.
Nick: Sure, because “Von Doom” was too busy programming robot dopplegangers of himself. Like any sane ruler of a country does, right?
Doom: Only a fool would criticize perfectionism.
— From Winter Soldier #5 by Ed Brubaker, art by Butch Guice
Bucky: It’s been a week, Sam…and they’ve got nothing?
Sam: Basically, yeah.
Bucky: I should’ve— Whoa—nice move. I should’ve tried harder to find Fury.
Sam: You think Nick Fury’s got more resources than all of S.H.I.E.L.D.?
Bucky: I don’t know about that…but I’d think, with what we found…
— From Captain America v5, #39 by Ed Brubaker, art by Rob De La Torre
Amazing fan made winter soldier artwork.
Bucky: Looks like A.I.M. is trying to drop even further off the radar than usual…and I don’t know what that means.
Kate: You mean, are they on the run, or are they about to do something?
Eli: Why were you after them?
Bucky: Mostly ‘cause I’m trying to find out what the Red Skull is up to.
Eli: The Red Skull?!
Bucky: Don’t get excited, Eli. You’re staying a mile away from this, believe me. There’s a firestorm coming and I won’t have you kids getting burned by it.
Eli: Hey, wait! I wanted to—hey! Damn it. I wanted to talk to him…but he doesn’t even take us seriously.
Kate: That’s not it.
Eli: Then what?
Kate: Just what he said. He cares…about us. It’s sort of irritating, but also…kind of hot. Anyway, you can still talk to him. I put a tracker on his bike.
Kate: I’m a genius, remember?
Eli:. You are, Kate…but he is way too old for you…you know that, right?
— From Young Avengers Presents #1 by Ed Brubaker, art by Paco Medina
I’d forgotten that Kate’s crush on Bucky is actually canon.
Natasha: You can watch if you want, James.
Logan: Yes, James. Don’t’ mind me.
Bucky: Shut up.
Natasha: Yes, Logan. Please do. Your’e not out of the woods with me, yet. A little warning would have been nice.
— From Black Widow v4, #5 by Marjorie Liu, art by Daniel Acuna