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It's a well known fact that Stan Lee hated kid sidekicks, so when he brought back Captain America in Avengers #4, he took the opportunity to kill off Bucky, Cap's kid sidekick, via exploding plane. This was such a well known death -- and such a big motivator for Cap -- that there used to be a saying in fandom: "The only people who truly stay dead are Jason Todd, Bucky Barnes, and Uncle Ben." C'est la vie.

And that's how it was, right up until Ed Brubaker took over writing Captain America in 2005 and decided to bring Bucky Barnes back. But not as a kid sidekick -- instead, as a brainwashed assassin. Brubaker even used an entire issue -- Captain America vol 5 #11 -- to expand and explore the retcon.

Say hello to the Winter Soldier.

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So here's how Steve Rogers met James "Bucky" Barnes. And nothing about Bucky accidentally finding out Steve was Captain America and becoming his sidekick right then and there.

Written by by Ed Brubaker. Art by Chris Samnee. Cover by Ed McGuinness.

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"I hope we're playing the violence in a very real way. I want it to have impact, because this is a story that is playing in that lone killer vigilante genre like TAXI DRIVER and DEATH WISH and so many others, but at the same time it's kind of flipping it around, too. Examining it from a different point of view.

I wanted to really get deep into what it would be like to have to become a vigilante. The kinds of things that physical violence will do to you, to your mental health and your body. It's a story that will grow in scope as it goes along, too, because becoming a killer creates a lot of ripples in the world, and I want to follow those, too."

- Ed Brubaker


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"KILL OR BE KILLED is our take on the vigilante killer genre, which I hope means it's not what people usually expect when they think of that genre. It's NOT about a guy whose parents—or wife and kids—are killed by the mob and now he's out for revenge. No, it's not about a hero, even, really...it's about a (mostly) average guy who is suddenly thrust into a situation he can barely understand—where for reasons I don't want to spoil, he is forced to kill bad people. Forced to become judge and executioner. And the series is about how he adapts to this secret dilemma, and how he learns to become a killer and survive.

But more than that, it's also, you know: "If you had to kill a bad person, who would you pick?" Like, is there someone whose death would have a real impact on society for the better? How hard is it to find someone who truly deserves to die? And what does killing people do to you, mentally and physically? Can you hide this side of yourself from your friends and loved ones?"

- Ed Brubaker


Warning for Suicide and Gore


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