On the cancellation of WINTER SOLDIER with issue #19:
Well, I won’t lie, after spending the last 9 months or so living in Bucky Barnes’s skin, I’m a little heart broken. He’s grown to be a very special character to me, maybe my favorite Marvel character ever, and I felt I could’ve written his story for years. The opportunity to do so came at a very trying time in my life and really helped me through some tough stuff, so in it’s way it’s very personal work. I hope that shows.
That said though, really, enough cryin’ in my beer. I’m VERY grateful to everyone involved with the book all along the line for making it such a worthwhile experience. First among them, Nic Klein, for being such a tremendous collaborator and corroborator. He really summoned up the power of whatever Dark Pagan God he worships for this series, and though his soul may be damned, it was worth it for comics y’all. I’m no less thankful to our editors and the production folks, chiefly Lauren Sankovitch for having the steely nerves of a riverboat gambler, and giving us all the support any team could ask for. But maybe most of all I’m in the debt of the special community of fans who stuck with us and showed us such big slobbery love through out. I know it was hard losing folks as revered and talented as Brubaker and company, but thank you for giving us a real shot.
Comics can be a hard business. There are macro-scale factors involved in decisions like this that sometimes have nothing to do with what’s actually going on in the book. I was never under any illusion that this gig wouldn’t be an uphill battle in every regard. Nic and I had some tremendous shoes to fill and we both knew we were up against it from the start. But it was a challenge we welcomed, and even with this news I consider what we’ve done to be a real success. I’m thrilled that the bulk of the people who’ve stuck around or have tried the book in our run seem to have enjoyed our story as much as we’ve enjoyed telling it. My hope is that the next two issues give y’all the big explosive send off Bucky’s first series deserves and that I’ll be playing in his muddy little sandbox again. Hopefully much sooner than later.
so here’s the deal, guys.
If you love Bucky Barnes, and you want to see him as more than a footnote in team books left to languish until after Captain America 2, get your ass out and buy some books.
currently, Winter Soldier #16 outsold Morbius: The Living Vampire, Captain Marvel, Dark Avengers, and X-Factor, but that’s not enough. it’s sitting at 107th in monthly sales, but despite that, it does not appear in Marvel’s July solicits, sparking rumors of a cancellation of the series.
now, if you’re not reading LaTour’s run, there’s a bunch of reasons to pick it up: a kickass lady villian in the Electric Ghost (who’s seemingly damn near omniscient and totally creepy), an awesome new smart-mouthed sidekick in Joe Robards who may be the best addition to the MU in years, solid writing in Jason LaTour’s hands and mindblowingly beautiful art done by Nic Klein.
if you’re not? if you don’t like the creative team, the story arc, the direction?
none of that will change if the book gets cancelled. you may not get a chance to see what you’d like out of the book if it’s gone.
so, cough up $2.99 to keep Winter Soldier’s sales up. find a comic shop near you and buy paper issues, buy and download digitally, pre-order pre-order pre-order and put it on your pull list. write Marvel at email@example.com or tweet them @Marvel.
and, if it turns out the rumor’s just that? then all you did was make sure Marvel knows that there’s more to the Winter Soldier reader base then they thought.
things like this are why fandom’s great. don’t let this book go out without a goddamn fight.
Winter Soldier is in the title of 2014’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier feature film, but Bucky’s solo ongoing series is ending with June’s issue #19, Marvel has confirmed to Newsarama.
Though #19 wasn’t originally listed as “Final Issue,” the series didn’t appear in Marvel’s freshly released July 2013 solicitations. Issue #19 does appear to wrap up the current storyline, billed as “the fiery conclusion to The Winter Soldier’s latest deadly mission.”
ARE YOU FUCKING KIDDING ME?
god damn you Marvel I am so fed up with this BULLSHIT. I would’ve loved to seen where this book could’ve gone with Latour & Klein. They jsut got a fresh new creative team and they’re canceling it?
GET YOUR SHIT TOGETHER MARVEL.
Bru doomed the series with his whiney Bucky over Natasha the last 4 issues of his run, fucking christ take the relationship drama and write a decent plot that doesn’t revolve around who the character is dating.
I’m just so angry I CAN’T FUCKING EVEN.
Well, I hope you people that complained about Bru leaving and Latour taking over are happy now. Cause Bucky just landed himself a spot in Marvel Universe limbo.