Reading Recommendations for Team Captain America

Posted by David Winnick

It sounds like it could be great fun to be a superhero. At the very least, you would get to travel the globe and see new and exciting places. Unless there is a guy on the team who can teleport everyone, there is going to be a lot of down time. Traveling from coast to coast can take hours and international flights can take more than half a day. Other than planning the next battles it would be hard to kill time during those endless travel hours. So here is a list of books for team Captain America to read during the travel time.

Captain America: To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

We constantly take for granted that everyone has read To Kill a Mockingbird. Harper Lee’s 1960 novel has been required reading in schools practically since its release. Odds are though, Captain America hasn’t read it yet, since he was frozen well before it ever came out. A story about brave men doing the right thing no matter what the consequences would be right up Cap’s alley.


Hawkeye: Last of the Mohicans by James Fenimore Cooper

James Fenimore Cooper’s novel The Last of the Mohican’s is where Hawkeye’s name comes from. The novel follows Nathaniel “Natty” Bumppo a.k.a Hawk-eye as he helps a group of people travel to Fort William Henry. A great marksman, Hawk-eye is the lead of multiple novels. No doubt Clint “Hawkeye” Barton would love to read the adventures of the man who originated his name.

Falcon: Alpha by Greg Rucka

Greg Rucka’s novel follows Jad Bell, a Middle East war veteran who is pulled back into the fray as he protects an amusement park from terrorists. Though neither Falcon nor Bell wish to go back to the wars they left, both are capable of utilizing their training in order to help those in need. It seems that Falcon would be able to relate well with the lead of Alpha.  


The Winter Soldier: Between a Rock and a Hard Place by Aaron Ralston

The Winter Soldier has had a rough go of it. Having lost his arm during World War II, he runs around attempting to use his high tech prosthetic to continue his adventures. In many ways, he is not dissimilar to Aaron Ralston whos missteps while rock climbing almost cost him his life and forced him to cut off his own arm to survive. Both of these men show incredible fortitude in order to bring themselves home to their families after tragedy almost claimed them. 


Ant-Man: The Shrinking Man by Richard Matheson

Scott Lang, meet Scott Carey, the shrinking man. After being exposed to some radiation and insecticide, Carey begins to slowly decrease in size. Fearing that he will eventually cease to exist, the titular character of Richard Matheson’s novel realizes that the universe exists on multiple levels and that he will never truly disappear. This story should hit pretty close to home for Scott Lang who in his first solo adventure managed to shrink down into the Microverse before pulling himself back into existence. 


Scarlet Witch: A Spell for Chameleon by Piers Anthony

Piers Anthony has written a plethora of novels in his Xanth series, but none are as great as his first, A Spell for Chameleon. The novel follows Bink who is exiled from a land of magic for not being magical. Eventually, it is realized that Bink’s power is to be immune to all magical attacks. Though Wanda Maximoff seems to be the first magical character in the Marvel Cinematic Universe she is soon going to be joined by Stephen Strange. Wanda may as well get used to the idea of many magical beings now, before it is too late.   

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