Yeah, he and Jessica are still involved, at least, until the Valentines issue of Hawkeye.
I don't think, necessarily, that all the relationships Natasha has had always devalued herr. That would be a p. narrow view of it. Through most of this one, Natasha's main appearances were in other books: her own minis, her ongoing, Avengers, Thunderbolts. But those meaningful appearances elsewhere kind of died around the time Winter Soldier launched, paradoxically b/c of her strong appearance in the movieverse you all think comics revolve around. (And I actually think the existence of the WS book is a big factor in why she doesn't have her own book. I think it's silly, but I'd bet they don't want to run two Russian spy books at once.) These two arcs have been a disaster, as far as Natasha is concerned, she was brainwashed and creeped on and allowed no measure of revenge or reaction. She was the one who suffered, but the story only really told us about Bucky and Leo and their motivations and emotional reactions, not hers. And she's being written out of the book instead of having those reactions explored/continued.
That kind of thing never happened to Bucky any of Natasha's books. In fact, I'd go far enough to say that I don't think the sexual element at play here, with Leo trying also to get in her pants, would ever happen to a guy character. I'm a fan of the Bucky/Natasha thing but I didn't like these last two arcs, they didn't do much for Natasha at all. But I think that was made worse than it would have been if she did have her own book, or some place else that her storylines were really being handled.
Sad to see Brubaker go, but in a way I guess it is to greener pastures and hopefully he will come back down the line.
Not a fan of this arc either, the writing has been on the wall for a while with Marvel wanting to ape the positively received aspects of the movie and with Bucky's main champion leaving...
Myself, I'm not saying it will happen. Just that I would not at all be surprised if it did.
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If you like Bucky and enjoy reading stories with him in them, why would anyone drop the book now? Bucky's only a good character if Brubaker writes him?
For all we know, Latour could be the next Rick Remender. He may have a killer story worked out for Buck. And we've already seen that Nic Klein's Winter Soldier art looks very promising.
Are there so many great books out there that Bucky fans wouldn't want to give the new creative team a shot to win them over?
"That's not just "one man"! That's TONY FREAKING STARK. You're intel should've warned us that he was James Bond and "Q" wrapped in the same guy!" Cobra