If you’re wondering what happened to issue #10, it’s a tie-in to “House Of M” and isn’t included in the Winter Soldier Ultimate Edition ComiXology version I’m using.
Captain America #11
Marvel Comics (November, 2005; as featured in the…well, I just noted that)
“The Winter Soldier” part 3
WRITER: Ed Brubaker
ARTIST: Steve Epting
CO-INKER: Mike Perkins
COLORIST: Frank G. D’Armata
LETTERER: Randy Gentile
ASSISTANT EDITORS: Aubrey Sitterson, Molly Lazer, & Andy Schmidt
EDITOR: Tom Brevoort
Steve somehow finds a file on the Winter Soldier in his secret apartment. It tells how Bucky’s body was found and reanimated by the Russian scientists, who turned the amnesiac into their weapon. However, it wasn’t perfect. There were instabilities in his personality even when they reprogrammed his mind, especially on his trip to the US. After Karpov’s death, since he liked the idea of having the former Bucky as his bodyguard in his waning years because he still blamed Captain America for making him look bad (you did that to yourself, psycho boy), there was deemed no further used and he was left in stasis. But who got this file to Steve and is it tied to the mystery voice in Lukin’s office?
Not much happens in this story because it’s all exposition, catching Steve and the readers up on the history of Codename: WInter Soldier and Bucky’s various activities. The art is good and for once I don’t mind the darker coloring since so many of these images are faded photographs from the 1940s-1970s. This may well be the most important issue of the storyline and the Winter Soldier’s backstory, though admittedly if you don’t like just reading other people’s diaries this isn’t going to be very exciting for you. I found it interesting, at least.