An Unusual Team Hunts for the RED SKULL in SECRET WARS’ Battleworld (Newsarama)

In a recent reveal to Newsarama, Marvel has unveiled yet another Secret Wars series that will feature Bucky Barnes…

In July, Marvel is launching a new three-issue limited series titled Red Skull with Joshua Williamson and Luca Pizzari. Featuring covers by Riley Rossmo, Red Skull follows a unique team of characters as they venture into the Secret Wars dominion known as the Deadlands to find out, once and for all, if rumors about the Red Skull’s death are true


The team is comprised of Winter Soldier, Magneto and Lady Deathstrike, as well as Electro, Jack O’Lantern and Moonstone, in a Thunderbolts-esque paradigm inside Secret Wars.

“Essentially it’s a team of villains… and past villains with nothing left to lose,” says the writer. “Going over the Shield is a death sentence. This team was chosen because the mission has to be off the books. No one can know that Red Skull could actually be alive. This team could keep it quiet… if they survive. The Red Skull’s legend needs to be buried… and this is the best team to do it. If you need to go kill a villain… who better than a bunch of villains?”

Although when Bucky Barnes was initially re-introduced as Winter Soldier he was considered a villain, most people now peg him on the side of heroes so seeming him categorized this way might be a shock to some readers. Williamson tells Newsarama that he’s conflicted, with revenge pulling him down a darker path.

“[Winter Soldier is thinking about] revenge. Plain and simple,” says the writer. “He’s conflicted by his hate and has a one track mind. I wouldn’t really call him a villain here… he’s just determined to get what he wants, even if it means teaming up with a bunch of bad guys. One of the best parts of the having the Winter Soldier is that he’s one of Luca’s favorite characters. So he’ll do some kick ass work there.  Luca did some sample pages for Marvel years ago that featured the Winter Soldier and they were amazing.”

Secret Wars is shaping up to be a great time to be a Bucky fan!

Originally posted here.

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