- ...Of course, there were things I couldn't tell him...things I don't know how to say... Like that I didn't only relive my past...I also saw my future...and I think if Bucky doesn't keep wearing that uniform...if he doesn't keep being Captain America...I think he may die...and I couldn't live with that. Even if it means I have to sacrifice a future I want.
- -- Steve Rogers
Appearing in 1st story
- Captain America (Steve Rogers) (Main story and flashback)
- Captain America/Bucky (James Barnes) (Main story and flashback)
- Iron Man (Tony Stark) (Mentioned)
- Wasp (Janet van Dyne) (Mentioned)
- Red Skull (Johann Shmidt) (Mentioned)
- H.A.M.M.E.R. (Mentioned)
- Norman Osborn (Mentioned)
- President George Washington (Photo)
- President Abraham Lincoln (Photo)
- President Franklin Delano Roosevelt (Photo)
- New Avengers (Mentioned)
- Avengers (Mentioned)
- Unnamed Pacific Island (Only in flashback)
- United States of America
- Captain America's Shield (Main story and flashback)
- Captain America's Uniform (Main story and flashback)
- Black Widow's Gauntlets
Synopsis for 1st story
In the present, Bucky believes that the title of Captain America should rightfully go back to the recently-returned-from-the-seeming-dead Rogers. Nonetheless, he puts on the uniform and investigates a recent breakout from the Raft with the Black Widow.
Across town, Rogers can't get his head around what has happened while he was "dead". Sharon Carter romantically comforts him, however Rogers is still disquieted. Donning his own Cap uniform, he goes on patrol.
Bucky and Widow confront the escaping Mister Hyde. Taking out his goons, Hyde is compelled to run. Observing the fight, Rogers catches Barnes's shield-throw, using it to break Hyde's glass jaw. Afterwards, Rogers and Bucky have a talk about who will be Captain America. Rogers sees that the shield and the mask mean something to his friend, asking Bucky to remain Captain America. Returning to the sleeping Sharon, Rogers confesses that he suspects Bucky may die if he abandons the mantle.
Later, Rogers meets with the President. Though he can't guarantee a pardon for all of his friends, the President extends one to Steve, considering the Superhuman Registration Act was too un-American. As Rogers expresses that he doesn't feel like picking up the shield again, the President says that the country will call on him for something much bigger.
Steve Rogers has returned, but Bucky Barnes is the current Captain America, and has come into his own in the role. Will there be two Captain Americas? Will Bucky go back to being the Winter Soldier? What will happen? Decisions, decisions, decisions....
- Despite being released prior to it, this issue takes place after the events of Captain America: Reborn #6.
- This issue is reprinted in comics and books, see references for more info.
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