The easiest reading for Captain America started in 2005 and went on until about 2011, with some very important storylines and some that weren’t. Ed Brubaker is responsible for most of this, and he’s done a fantastic job. Captain America was having a hard time staying relevant.
If you would like more reading based on silver/golden age books, I can also make some recommendations but, otherwise, I’ll include at the bottom a quick summary of the what was going on before Steve woke up, too. Be aware that it’s very convoluted and a great example of why Superhero Continuity changes as often as it does.
The first thing you’ll probably want to grab is a mini-series called The Marvels Project, which was a five or six issue mini-series featuring Cap’, Bucky, and the other ‘Invaders’ who killed Hitler in WWII, according to 616!continuity. It’s pretty short and also features The Human Torch, Namor, and some others. Quick origin story refresher with some Nazis and all that fun stuff.
Look through all of these as trade collections or via storyline titles, because Captain America has gone through so many soft reboots that we’re technically looking at Captain America Vol. 05.
1. Captain America: Man out of Time by Mark Waid - Captain America wakes up. Starts where the first movie ends, give or take a few days. Veers away from the movie slightly 2. Captain America: Winter Soldier by Ed Brubaker. This is issues #1-14 of the on-going that started in 2005; don’t skip it because there are some major differences, such as the tesseract (ie: cosmic cube) and The Red Skull both being part of the plot. (Note: Issue #7 and issue #10 are not relevant to the storyline at all; one is focusing on stuff that happened at an earlier date, and Issue #10 was a part of the House of M crossover, so I believe it’s kind of an AU thing. I haven’t read that issue, haha…) 3. Captain America: The Red Menace (Brubaker); Issues #15-21
4. **NOW READ CIVIL WAR BY MARK MILLAR**
5. Civil War: Captain America (Brubaker): Captain America issues #22-24 This one also includes a Winter Soldier One shot in the story in the trade. If you don’t get the trade, the One-shot is “Winter Soldier: Winter Kills”.
I forgot the publishing order, for which I apologize. I’d recommend alternating between the two as you read through the Civil War parts because it’s quite a… it’s a thing.
6. Fallen Son by David Finch; issues #1-5 7. The Death of Captain America by Ed Brubaker; Captain America #25-42
8. Secret Invasion by Bendis - This isn’t too Cap’ oriented but it’s when Bucky decides to play Cap’, so that’s always fun.
9. Road to Reborn - I’m combining this one, even though it’s issues #43-50 and issues 600-601 because they CHANGED THE NUMBERING DIRECTLY FOLLOWING.
Anyway, Road to Reborn is half Buckyventures, and half mystery-solving to get Steve Rogers back. If you find that you like Bucky as Captain America enough to read more, he’s often playing Cap’ in Bendis’ New Avengers title He also did some work with The Secret Avengers? He’s the more brutal of the two and hidden agenda work.
10. Captain America: Reborn; Issues #1-6
11. Captain America: Two Americas; Issues #202-205 Solution to the whole ‘two caps’ problem.
At this point, it’s up to you where to go because nothing has really been groundbreaking since.
Siege is probably a good place to go after that, since it’s the first time The Avengers have gotten together in a long time and there’s lots of Asgard, too?
Fear Itself is another big crossover they did that involved both Steve and Bucky, and it’s kind of important but not really in the way that it all ends out with everything being the same in the end anyway? just with more emotional scars?
You can feel free to skip around after Two Americas.
At some point later on, they retitled the series AGAIN and it became a book with a confusing numbering system so here’s the gist of what title you’re looking for:
Captain America & Bucky (Issues #620-628) Captain America & Hawkeye (Issues #629-632) Captain America & Iron Man (Issues #633-635 Captain America & Namor (Special Issue #635.1 - Marvel’s trying to make the ‘point-one’ a thing.) Captain America & Black Widow (Issues #636-640)
At this point, we’re within the last year and a half or so of continuity with “Marvel NOW!”; yet another new soft-reboot jump on point that… while having some fantastic titles… still just renumbered everything. ;_;
The three big Cap’ titles you’ll probably find that are currently being published are under: -Captain America (NOW!) - Avengers - Avengers Assemble! (NOW!) <- this one’s much more orriented towards fans of the movie!verse, who haven’t read comics long or just prefer the personality of the characters as they’re presented in the movies. They also feature Spider-Woman and Red Hulk and it’s great fun
Cap’ also leads a team in Uncanny Avengers, along with Cyclops’ broski, and I’d recommend looking into Marvel NOW’s! New/Secret Avengers, too.
*** Bucky, as Winter Soldier, got a series of his own in 2012, literally just called “The Winter Soldier”. This was a 19 issue series. People were very excite.
Uhh, I hope this is helpful and not too confusing. I know this isn’t nearly as organized as it looked when I started it and I’m sorry for that. Just send me an ask if you have any more questions or feel like I missed something!! :|
Look at this lovely thing a lovely person did for me :D
A Cap reading order, which may be of interest to those of you who just saw the movie and want to get into comics (if you already haven’t haha)
You know, funny story: There’s this craft store called Michaels. Look, my sister knits, and she goes to Michaels. So my sister called me and she’s like, “Oh my god, I’m at Michaels, picking up yarn. You have a poster at Michaels.” I’m like, “What?” She’s like, “There’s a poster, there’s a Falcon poster at Michaels.” I’m like, “Holy s**t!” She’s like, “I’m gonna come and pick you up, and we’re gonna see your poster in this store.” So she picks me up and we go to Michaels.
We go in, and I see the poster and I’m like, “Oh, this is….” She’s like, “I know, I know.” I said, “I’m gonna sign these posters.” I was like, “That would be amazing, you buy a poster and it’s like, actually signed by the Falcon.” Like, it would blow my mind. So I go to the front, I buy a Sharpie, I run back to the back of the store. And she’s like, “I’m gonna take a picture of you signing it.”
I’m in this store and I’m signing all the posters. The manager comes out, he’s like, “Hey, whatcha doing?” I was like, “Oh man, I’m signing these posters so when people buy ‘em, they’re signed.” He’s like, “Well, people are not gonna buy ‘em if they’re signed.” And I was like, “No, no, no, it’s cool. I’m pretty sure there won’t be a problem.” And he goes, “Yeah, but it is gonna be a problem, you’re messin’ up my inventory.” And I’m like, “No, my man, trust me. I mean, I’m the Falcon, that’s me!” And he goes, “Yeah, right. You’re gonna buy those posters.” I said, “What?” He’s like, “You’re gonna buy all those posters or I’m gonna call the police.”
He rolls up all the posters and goes to the front of the store. And I had to buy like 60 Falcon posters that I signed in Michaels.
-Anthony Mackie getting in trouble for signing his posters at a Micheals (x)
Prosthetic Heroes - 1k, G, - Bucky being really self-conscious about his arm until one day a little boy with an artificial leg runs up to him saying that they match. OHMYGOD THIS WAS THE CUTEST ITS PERFECT
This City Bleeds its Aching Heart - 34k, E- The one where Steve and Bucky pose as a happily married couple while on a mission for SHIELD, to catch an international arms dealer hiding in a suburban neighbourhood. STEVE AND BUCKY FAKE MARRIED C’MON YOU KNOW THIS IS GOOD
Off by a Thousand Miles - 3k, T, AU,- Bucky, a Brooklyn-based cop, has his head turned by Steve Rogers, who’s just opened up a flower shop in his neighbourhood. It all goes horribly wrong when a string of murders leads to Steve being the prime suspect. STEVE OWNS A FLOWER SHOP AND HOW COULD ANYONE THINK HES CAPABLE OF MURDER OMG
So How Come I Feel So Lonely When You’re Up Getting Down - 2k, M, AU- Steve Rogers, architect, goes to a strip club under duress. He doesn’t expect to see a familiar face on stage. (Tony Stark’s resultant and incessant teasing is, however, entirely expected.) I WAS KINDA IFFY ABOUT THIS ONE BUT I LOVED IT
It’s a Love Story, Baby Just Say Yes - 2k, M,- ”Eyes on the prize, Widow: we’re getting Captain America and Bucky laid, with each other. That’s the op. Got it?” CLINT PLAYING MATCHMAKER AND CONVINCING EVERYONE TO JOIN THE CAUSE OMG
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Steve’s listening to oldies on the radio, idly paging through the newspaper when he hears the knock. He knew that Bucky was going to get his new arm installed today, but when Bucky’s standing right there, outside his apartment smiling and wearing a t-shirt, Steve has to stare for a moment before backing up to let him in.
I need (neeeeed) a fic where Bucky’s in the middle of recovery, and the Avengers are helping him catch up with all the social changes
And Tony or Bruce or whoever is like “oh same-sex marriage, we need to mention that”, and Bucky stares at them like they’ve grown an extra head, and Clint’s like “no it’s serious, guys can date guys, girls can date girls, it’s not nearly as big of a deal anymore. And in a lot of states they can get married too”
And Steve wanders in completely unaware, checking what’s in the fridge or something, Bucky is just staring at the back of Steve’s head, the gears turning, eyes getting wider
There’s been an incredible, overwhelming glut of really great Steve/Bucky stories in the wake of Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Of the ones I’ve managed to read so far, here are a few of my favorites.
lost my fear of falling by wistful_joy (Gradual, gorgeous post-Winter Soldier recovery with the best ending anyone could ever have come up with. Pretty and perfectly-paced).
i had a dream last night that my girlfriend had the same bodily dimensions as princess bubblegum, which was vaguely horrifying. i also had a toilet built into the middle of my bed that released dozens of bats into my apartment
So in general, I desperately need a rec list for Steve/Bucky, but more specifically, where are the hurt/comfort fics where Bucky tracks down Steve after painful weeks of hunting and Smithsonian visits, and Steve watches as Bucky drops out of the shadows and wordlessly stands there, like he hadn’t thought any further than this moment, and it takes so many painful nights of coaxing to get Bucky to say complete sentences or say if he’s hungry or not, and he barely sleeps, and Steve barely sleeps, and when Steve can hardly take the eggshells he’s walking on anymore and just asks Bucky to please, please, say what he needs, anything, name it, because Steve doesn’t know what it is but he knows he’ll give it, Bucky just stands motionless for what feels like an hour and then walks into Steve’s personal space, staring over Steve’s shoulder, chests almost touching, and Steve realizes he’s waiting to be hugged
I THINK WHAT PISSED ME OFF THE MOST IN CAP 2 IS HOW LITTLE MILK PIERCE POURS IN THAT GLASS. LIKE IT’S THE TINIEST PORTION OF MILK IMAGINABLE. “DO YOU WANT SOME FUCKING MILK” NO LET ME POUR MY OWN FUCKING MILK. AND LET ME POUR THE LEAST. POSSIBLE. MILK. I CAN. POSSIBLY POUR INTO THIS GLASS. THE SMALLEST PORTION OF MILK POSSIBLE. U HAD AN ENTIRE CARTON. AND A LARGE GLASS. AND YOU POUR WHAT. LIKE. 2 INCHES OF MILK INTO THAT GLASS. PIERCE PISSED ME OFF THE MOST IN THAT SCENE.
non-binary genders date back to ancient egypt if not earlier and yet people still act like they’re some kind of “tumblr trend” like what else from 2000 bc are you not gonna believe in? roads? beer? locks?