If you would have asked anyone 15 years ago, they'd have put Bucky on the list of characters that no one would ever want to see back. Not only did Brubaker bring him back, he made him COOL! He did some great work and I hope to see him back in the fold sooner than later.
While I do wonder what prompted this, I'm not as upset as all that about it. While he's done good work, and I've enjoyed quite a bit of it, I really was starting to get tired of his particular take on Cap. Everything is super-serious all the time, and grim, and for some reason the heroes never seem to be able to get one over on the villains. Still, like I said he's done good work, and I hope his creator-owned stuff keeps working for him.
Next to Bendis, one of the few people, I would expect Marvel to do everything to keep him on board. Brubacker turned Cap into another one of Marvel's old titles that sits on the shelf into a must have book. The fact that we have a Winter Soldier movie coming out, should tell you how great and how big of an impact his work has been.
The Wee Baby Sheamus.Twitter: @realjoecarfley its a bit more toned down there. A bit.
He's writing several Hollywood scripts (non-Marvel related) and wants to do more with his creator owned comics. That he was leaving Cap was no mystery, though I disagree Tenken. The last year or so (since Steve took up the shield again) has been rather..generic. The Soldier stories were his best. I am surprised he's leaving Bucky behind. That was his baby. Regardless, I'll keep buying that one assuming it stays a espionage story. His current title with Philips, Fatale is awesome btw. Horror meets detective.
Yes, "Defenders" or even "Champions" would have been much better in my opinion. Those characters will never feel like the "Avengers" to an old fan like me. Of course, they're probably not meant to, so there ya go.