CAPTAIN AMERICA AND BUCKY #621
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Art by Chris Samnee
Colors by Bettie Breitweiser
Letters by Joe Caramagna
Cover by Ed McGuinness, Dexter Vines & Val Staples
Size: 0 pages
This is exactly the book I wanted back when I first started reading Ed Brubaker on Captain America. Those early issues featured WWII flashbacks, and I drooled over the thought of that book. Lucky for me, this title dropped, and while last issue was excellent, this issue took this series to the next level. This issue continues the tale of Bucky as Cap’s new sidekick. The two heroes are on a mission to stop a German plot that could kill hundreds of Americans. Before you write this tale off as trite and over done in Captain America comics, you have to consider the emotional impact that this story holds for these characters. Brubaker clearly loves Bucky as a character and in this issue we begin to see just what makes Bucky so important to Cap. Not only that but we also get to see the moments that lead to how close these two men were before that fateful day that Bucky was “killed” and Cap was frozen. It’s these moments and story elements that make this series so special.
On top of that, we get Chris Samnee’s amazing pencils. This guy is no joke, and he deftly pulls off the action as well as the emotional scenes toward the end of the issue. He has some great character acting and each of his characters feels alive. Just look at the panel of Bucky complaining at the movie and Steve giving him a bemused look and you can see what I mean. This is a fantastically drawn book, and you deserve to treat your eyes to this deliciousness.
One last point before I go: Can we please get Ed McGuiness off of covers for this series please? I like him as an artist but his covers do a disservice to the tone and nature of the book. Did you see the preview for next month’s cover? Ugh. That is not pretty.
Art: 5 - Excellent