Author's Note: This is sort of something I've wanted to tackle for a while now, but for a while I was afraid that I could never really pull it off. I drew this from an idea where kids in a superhero high school are divided into cliques based on personality. We'll see how that turns out. In the meantime enjoy this new story.
The Academy of Adventure
Superheroes have been around for as long as anyone can remember, and since then they've never really gone away. They've served in times of war and peace; superheroes have always been there to defend the weak. Some of them have built dynasties around the first ones to bear their names, entire generations have come and gone and today that tradition continues.
In the 1940s the first superheroes to emerge were known as Mystery Men many of whom were dressed in overcoats and wore fedoras and domino masks. Eventually the noir styled vigilantes gave way to the more popular and iconic capes and spandex, friendly and civil minded, seemingly perfect in every way. Punching out criminals with a smile and posing for pictures, that too gave way to the more dynamic superheroes who weren't accepted by the public and often toed the line between hero and vigilante and whose motivations were deemed questionable at best and un-trustworthy at worst. Heroes who found themselves at odds with law enforcement and were considered outsiders and even outlaws due to misunderstandings and misinterpretations of their deeds. Some of who couldn't win the public's approval no matter what they did, yet persevered and continued to fight crime regardless. Over the next few years the superhero population doubled, which also brought some more dubious characters to the forefront. At the end of the 1980s antiheroes became the norm, heroes with disturbing powers and questionable sanity started roaming the streets tearing down the preconceived notions of what a superhero was. Many of the emerging breed were dressed in spikes and leather and carried weapons dispatching villains and anyone else that got in their way to the dismay of the established superhero community.
The established heroes did what they could to counteract the movement and try to show that the old way still works. While the new school heroes spit in their face and called them inefficient and outdated. Eventually the era of the antihero drew to an end and the more traditional superheroes came back to the forefront. Then in the mid 2000s things took a turn for the worse, supervillains became more ruthless and senselessly murdering anyone that got in their way as a means to an end, and provoking the superhero community going after their loved ones in bloody campaigns of revenge. The events of which finally came to a head in Stamford, CT where a team of superheroes called the New Warriors did battle with a notorious supervillain that blew up half the town in a rage. This was the last straw as the government brought down sanctions far and wide requiring all superpowered persons to register, the consequences of which are still felt to this day.
To help curve further disaster, the city government has suggested that all aspiring superheroes below the age of 19 be placed in a special academy to help hone their skills and to gain the experience needed to function as deputized superheroes in an already chaotic world. The new school was constructed almost overnight and a message was sent out to the young superhero community advising them of the new academy and the need to register, having convinced Superman, Captain America and Iron Man to appeal to them. Regardless the up and coming vigilantes didn't have much of a choice, some joined anticipating a new and exciting chapter in their life while others were gudgeoned to it via law enforcement and the senior members of the superhero community.
It seemed strange for some of them to report to school in costume instead of going in their civilian alter egos, with some of the new students feeling a little edgy and out of place. Among the new recruits were some familiar faces including the Dark Knight Detective's ever-present sidekick Robin, Captain America's original sidekick Bucky and many others. Standing by the front entrance the Boy Wonder saw a boy his age and height decked out in what appeared to be a military dress styled uniform that consisted of a blue dress jacket that buttoned down the right side with red pants, and gloves, and black boots with wavy brown hair and a black domino mask. The boy soldier looked back at Robin and noted his bizarre color scheme before making his way over to him.
"You must be Bucky, I'm Robin." The Boy Wonder said shaking hands with him. The junior soldier chuckled as he responded.
"Yeah James Barnes, but my friends call me Bucky." He replied warmly.
"So your codename is your real name?" Robin asked
"Yeah it was a different time. Mind if I ask your real name soldier?" Bucky asked.
"I'm not one for giving out my secret identity sorry." He replied.
"It's okay I understand." He said.
"So if you don't mind me asking how exactly did you wind up in the present day if your Captain America's original sidekick?" Robin asked him. Bucky looked away and rubbed the back of his neck.
"It's kind of a funny story actually I was in the middle of a battle helping Cap when this machine exploded and sent me into the future." He replied. The Boy Wonder raised an eyebrow at him.
"Yeah? How are you holding up?" he asked.
"About as well as can be expected I suppose. It's a little strange seeing all these things, how much the world has changed since 1942." Bucky said viewing the city around him. Robin smiled back at him.
"Well you know if you need a guide I'll be happy to show you around sometime." The Boy Wonder told him. The masked soldier smiled back at him.
"I'd like that, make a little better sense of this new world." he replied as Robin laughed as they headed inside.
"So how did you come up with the name Robin?" Bucky asked. His new friend grimaced a bit but maintained a smile.
"It's based off a nickname my mom gave me. How did you get Bucky?" he asked.
"Well my middle name is Buchanan, and folks started calling me Bucky for short and the name stuck after I went into the army." He explained.
"Interesting, so how did you become Cap's sidekick?" Robin asked him as they continued their conversation inside. He continued telling his life story as they roamed the hall towards orientation till he wound up in the present day.
"So how long have you been in the present?" Robin asked him coming into the orientation hall.
"A few weeks, Cap brought me to speed of what all's happened when I found him. Needless to say we were a little surprised to see each other again. Much less the fact we were still young. I have to say I'm a little bothered by all the changes, especially that incident in New York. Who would have thought something like Pearl Harbor could happen again?" Bucky asked him taking their seats.
"Yeah…we're still kind of dealing with the fallout of that today." Robin said sitting down next to him.
"I can tell, you guys are pretty rigid on a lot of things security wise." Bucky told him.
"Yeah I know." Robin said putting a finger to his lips as the other students sat down around them and the orientation started.
"Good morning class..." the dean of the school began.
Author's Note: All right so what did you think of that? As always I want to do something different regarding high school fics and this may be my most original one yet at least in premise. So basically yeah in this story DC and Marvel Universe characters exist side by side. Bucky is one of the oldest characters in comics and is in fact about as old as Robin since they came out around the same time. More on that if you have any questions regarding him. So yeah the set up is a little different but I think it turned out great. Let me know what you think.
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